ILO Dhaka Office has a range of programmes and projects as listed below.


  1. Work in Freedom

    1 March 2013 - 30 April 2018

    The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE), The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), National Coordination Council for Workers’ Education (NCCWE) and Association of Recruiting Agents, other government ministries, departments, national and international NGOs and International trade unions as appropriate for achieving the project outputs.


  1. Promotion of Green Livelihoods for Threatened Ecological Areas Project

    1 December 2012 - 30 June 2015

    The Promotion of Green Livelihoods for Threatened Ecological Areas Project focused on green livelihood skills training for targeted households to promote sustainable rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and to reduce dependency on critically endangered aquatic ecosystem.

  2. Way out of informality: Facilitating Formalisation of Informal Economy in South Asia

    1 January 2012 - 31 December 2016

    The informal economy in South Asia is estimated to stand at 80 to 90 percent of the labour force. These include wage labourers, self-employed persons, unpaid family labour, piece-rate workers, and other hired labour. The huge scale of vulnerable employment presents a challenge to stable and sustainable development. This sub-regional project contributes to employment policies that facilitate accelerated expansion of the formal sector. The project seeks to emphasize knowledge management so as to fill the large knowledge gap in policymaking and to embrace the proven ILO strategy of participatory dialogue.


  1. Better Work Bangladesh - Design and Beyond

    1 November 2011 - 30 June 2013

    Better Work is a partnership programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains, in particular in labour intensive industries.

  2. Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Bangladesh (FPRW)

    1 October 2011 - 30 June 2015

    The project aims to address specific challenges faced by workers’ and employers’ organizations by building local capacity in relation to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The project supports the Government of Bangladesh with legislative and policy initiatives to support full-fledged compliance with international labour standards.

  3. Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh

    1 July 2012 - 30 October 2015

    The “Promoting Decent Work thorough Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project was initiated on a request from the Government of Bangladesh to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to assist the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) and the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) to improve the overall management of labour migration and to ensure protection and decent employment conditions to the Bangladeshi migrant workers.

  4. Completion of the Opening Phase of the project “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”

    1 July - 31 December 2010

    Following the “Regional Symposium on Deployment of Workers Overseas : A Shared Responsibility” organized by ILO Country Office for Bangladesh and on the request of the Government of Bangladesh, the ILO in cooperation with IOM and UNWOMEN formulated a technical cooperation project entitled “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”. As a prelude to that main project, and as per request of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the funding agency, an opening-phase of the project was implemented during the period July-December, 2010. This opening phase was intended to initiate the project’s start up activities as a basis for more systematic interventions during the implementation stage of the main project that is expected to start in 2011.


  1. Green Jobs in Asia - Bangladesh

    1 August 2010 - 30 June 2012

    The project is supported by the The Australian Government – ILO Partnership Agreement.

  2. Monitoring and Assessing Progress on Decent Work (MAP)

    1 February 2009 - 1 January 2013

    The ILO/EC project will work with government agencies (including Ministries of Labour), National Statistical Offices, workers’ and employers’ organisations and research institutions to strengthen the capacity of developing and transition countries to self-monitor and self-assess progress towards decent work.

  3. Assessing and Addressing the Effects of Trade on Employment (ETE) in Bangladesh

    1 February 2010 - 31 July 2013

    The effects of trade and trade liberalization on employment is analysed in this project. It aims to support the formulation of effective and coherent trade and labour market policies that address the adjustment challenges that workers and employers face and expand opportunities for the creation of decent employment in developing countries.The project is implemented by the International Labour Organization and is funded by the European Union.

  4. Promoting Gender Equality and Preventing Violence against Women at Workplace

    1 January 2010 - 30 June 2013

    There are nine UN agencies and 11 Ministries working together to contribute towards achieving MDG-3, which is Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. This project is one of the components of UN joint program on violence against women and focused on gender equality and preventing VAW at workplace.


  1. Building Capacities on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Issues in Bangladesh: Rights and Good Practices

    1 January 2012 - 31 December 2015

    Promotes the rights of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh through piloting a targeted capacity building and advocacy initiative based primarily on the principles of ILO Conventions (No.107, No.169, and No.111) and other international instruments relevant to Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.The ILO Office in Dhaka is implementing the project while NORMES (PRO 169) department has the technical backstopping responsibility.

  2. Joint Programme to Address Violence Against Women

    1 July 2008 - 1 June 2011

    This is a well coordinated and designed programme by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), led by UNFPA, and its partners to effectively address the unfavorable policy and legal frameworks for violence against women, and the social and individual attitudes and behaviours. The interventions are built around a three-pronged strategy: (1) The first strategy deals with the policy and legal framework in Bangladesh; (2) The second strategy aims at changing those behaviours related to violence against women/girls; (3) The third strategy revolves around protecting and helping victims of gender-based violence.

  3. Green jobs

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009

    In Bangladesh, the green jobs initiative is a joint programme of the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO. It aims to empower women and men at the local level by creating green jobs that will help reduce poverty and environmental damage, and ensure decent work.

  4. Urban Informal Economy (UIE) Project of Support to the National Time Bound Programme towards the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Bangladesh

    1 January 2007 - 1 December 2011

    The UIE project is one of the ILO supported projects to the national Time Bound Program (TBP). The TBP was developed following the ratification of ILO Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) by the Government of Bangladesh in 2001.


  1. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform in Bangladesh

    11 December 2007 - 11 December 2015

    The TVET Reform Project is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, assisted by the International Labour Organisation and funded by the European Union. The goal is to ensure Bangladesh’s competitiveness in the global market and reduce poverty by improving the quality of vocational educational and training.