International Labour Organization co-chairs working group on skills development

The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and its development partners (DPs) meet regularly to discuss development issues in Bangladesh through the Local Consultative Group (LCG) mechanism. The LCG mechanism is underpinned by several GoB-DP working groups (WG) covering the key development sectors and themes in the country. The Skills Development Working Group (SDWG) is one of the working groups under the Education Local Consultative Group (ELCG). During the current year 2015-16, the ELCG SDWG meetings are co-chaired by the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Secretariat and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Briefing note | 25 April 2016
In addition to the above forum which includes representatives of the Government, international DPs, NGOs and civil society, the DPs are holding separate meetings (DP SDWG meetings) to address coordination and other issues related to Skills Development as outlined below.

ILO assumed the role of Co-Chair of the ELCG SDWG and Chair of the DP SDWG in June 2015. As the DP SDWG Chair, Mr. Srinivas B. Reddy, the ILO Country Director, opened the first meeting on June 24, 2015. Subsequently two more meetings have been chaired by ILO in November 3, 2015 and March 8, 2016. The next meeting is expected to take place in May.

The objective of the Development Partners’ Skills Development Working Group (DP SDWG) is to contribute to the effective and coordinated implementation of the National Skills Development Policy, skills reform plans and programs through collaboration, joint results targets and a monitoring framework. The specific objectives are to:

  • promote harmonization and alignment of activities to enhance aid effectiveness, avoid duplication and encourage complementarities in programming; provide feedback to the government, concerned agencies, and the main ELCG SDWG;
  • exchange information with GoB related to the progress and constraints in the achievement of goals set by GoB in the sector;
  • contribute to ensuring accountability amongst development partners for their engagement within the sector;
  • facilitate common understanding and integration of policies, approaches and efforts of development partners in the sector;
  • coordinate with other relevant LCG working groups; • lead in disseminating best practice in operational approaches/practices with demonstrable, measurable and effective impact.