Videos and audio stories


  1. Bangladesh's handyman without hands

    07 May 2015

    Ask anyone in Tongi, Bangladesh about Mosharrof Hossain and they'll tell you he's the man to fix your fridge. What they probably won't tell you is that he will do it without hands - both were amputated following an electrical fire. having a disability has not stopped him becoming a father, a mechanic, an entrepreneur and a trainer though.

  2. Kickstart: Bangladesh's female motorcycle service mechanics

    07 May 2015

    What is it like to be a girl learning to service motorcycles in Bangladesh? Khadija and Pinki are finding out. They are both trainees in new, nationally-recognised, practical training programmes under the National Technical and Vocational Qualifcations Framework.

  3. Babul's Dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Babul's father fixed boat engines, but he lost his hands when Babul was young, so Babul started learning his father's skills early. His dream was to go abroad and start a professional workshop. This is Babul's story of how he achieved his dream through technical education.

  4. Kabir's Dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Kabir was raised by his uncle. He had a dream to modernise his father's handloom factory and become a weaver, but also a trainer of other young people. This is Kabir's story of how he achieved his dream through technical education.

  5. Rubina's dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Rubina did not want to be a school teacher. She was always pulling things apart and wanted a job where she could use her hands. Her dream was to become an electrician. This is Rubina's story of how she achieved her dream through technical education.

  6. A Legacy of Rana Plaza: making employment injury insurance a reality for all

    24 April 2015

    Workers who were victims of Rana Plaza were uninsured and intensive efforts to compensate them had to be made after the fact. The ILO says the accident is a wake-up call to establish national employment injury insurance so all workers are protected when accidents happen.

  7. Bangladesh ready-made garment sector, challenges and way forward

    23 April 2015

    At 8:54 am local time on April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed claiming more than 1,100 lives and leaving many more injured. Over the past two years, the ILO has been working with its local and international partners on several fronts to improve the situation of workers in the Bangladeshi garment industry.

  8. From worker to owner

    20 April 2015

    Haunted by the Rana Plaza collapse Nasir Uddin Sohel could not face returning to a large factory. After receiving counselling from ILO he used his compensation money to setup his own small garment factory. A year on, the business has grown from two sewing machines to eight and he now employs six other Rana Plaza survivors. ILO support to Nasir was provided through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

  9. Towards a safer RMG sector for Bangladesh

    19 April 2015

    As labour inspectors, Farzana Islam and her colleagues are on the front line to ensure the safety and rights of over four million ready-made garment workers in Bangladesh. ILO supports capacity building of the labour inspectorate through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to help it more effectively carry out its regulatory oversight role.

  10. A small shop built on big dreams

    19 April 2015

    Badly injured while helping to rescue fellow workers from the rubble of Rana Plaza, Shahjahan Selim is now permanently disabled. Through ILO medical and business skills assistance Selim has overcome adversity to open a small shop which after just one year of operation has grown to twice its original size. ILO support to Selim was provided through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


  1. Rana Plaza: Never Again

    24 April 2014


  1. APYouthNet Talk Show #21 - Multinational enterprises and youth employment

    02 July 2013

    Can multinational enterprises operating in developing countries be a force for good? Find out on the latest APYouthNet Talk Show with H&M's Manager for Social Sustainability.

  2. Promoting Fire Safety in Bangladesh's Garment Factories

    21 May 2013

    In March 2013 the tripartite constituents of the ILO - government, employers and workers - developed a National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh. It came about after two devastating fires at ready-made garment factories in 2012 and early 2013 killed 120 workers and injured many others. One of the activities in the Plan of Action, is to develop and deliver mass worker education tools, such as this video, to promote safety and health in the ready-made garments sector.

  3. Promoting fire safety in Bangladesh

    17 April 2013

    An animated film on how to improve work safety against fires in garment factories in Bangladesh


  1. AP Green Jobs Network (Show #1): Green Jobs in Bangladesh

    12 September 2012

    AP Green Jobs Network programme on "Green Jobs in Bangladesh" discusses what green jobs are and how a project in Bangladesh is providing green jobs in solar energy. The project discussed is part of the Green Jobs in Asia regional project that is sponsored by the Australian Government - ILO partnership agreement (2010-2015).

  2. Bringing green energy and green jobs to Bangladesh

    12 September 2012

    The majority of homes in Bangladesh aren't connected to the national electricity grid.This is particularly true in rural areas away from the main transmission lines. Many homes and shops rely on environmentally unfriendly diesel generators. But the government has been working with the ILO, social partners and civil society groups to train rural people in solar power use. This combines an economic and social need with green jobs' skills and creates entrepreneurial opportunities through the installation and maintenance of solar homes systems. The work is supported by the Australian Government - ILO Partnership Agreement (2010 - 2015).


  1. Prime Minister of Bangladesh speaks at Global Jobs Summit

    17 June 2009

    Speaking by video address to the Global Jobs Summit at the 98th International Labour Conference (ILC), the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh shared her concerns with other world leaders about the on-going crises in financial and jobs markets. At the closing session of the Summit, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina added that special action was needed to address the needs of the world’s less developed countries and in particular migrant workers, a group of people whose needs would have to be addressed jointly by migrant sending and receiving countries. The ILC has attracted 4,000 delegates from Governments, Workers and Employers organizations from more than 180 countries to the annual event of the UN agency dealing with issues affecting the world of work.

  2. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh addresses the ILO Summit on Global Jobs Crisis

    17 June 2009