Historical InformationThe ILO has worked with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) over the course of several years, and in the early nineties had a series of technical assistance projects concerned with developing the institutional capacity of the department.
In 2001, ASIST Asia Pacific, the former operational arm of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme in the Asia Pacific region, provided consultancy at the request of Asia Development Bank (ADB) to work on the preparation of a rural infrastructure development project. This input was related to issues of increased effectiveness of labour based methods, the use of local materials and aspects of improved working conditions.
During a mission in April 2002, ASIST-AP assessed the possibilities for employment generation through the DFID Chars Livelihoods Programme, an organisation which aims to improve the livelihoods of extreme poor households on island chars in northwest Bangladesh. Also, the ILO explored collaborations with the Local Government Engineering Department, the Roads and Highways Department and the Ministry of Public Works.
Further reading• Report on Work Norms and Wage Rates for Food Assisted Work in Bangladesh - PDF 466 Kb
Dhaka, May 1997