Eight UN agencies in Bangladesh to work together on skills development

A six person delegation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) visited the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Project this week to discuss a joint approach to skills development by UN agencies.

News | 08 April 2015
UNIDO are the eighth UN agency to provide inputs to a joint concept note which has the National Skills Development Policy as the central theme to which agency activities will be linked. UNIDO join UNICEF, ILO, UNFPA, UNESCO, IOM, UNDP and UN Women in providing inputs.

Once the joint concept note is completed, options for joint projects involving groups of UN agencies will be explored. Previously ILO has teamed up with UNESCO as well as UNICEF on skills development initiatives.

UNIDO has a number of projects in Bangladesh with more being started, covering areas such as quality control and capacity building in the ready-made garments, shrimp and dairy sectors.

The UNIDO visit coincides with large investments by the government and development partners in skills development for both the formal and informal economy in Bangladesh. Cooperation in the skills sector is part of reforming Bangladesh’s skills development system which is currently being undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh through the National Skills Development Policy and assisted by funding from the European Union, Canada and other donors.

See a 2-page fact sheet on the National Skills Development Policy here
See the full National Skills Development Policy (English/Bangla) here