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  1. Child labour and education in Bangladesh: evidence and policy recommendations

    01 May 2009

    This publication aims to capture the findings of a research analysis on child labour and education commissioned by the ILO in cooperation with UNICEF and UNESCO on annual World Day Against Child Labour in 2008 which carried the theme “Education – the right response to child labour”. It therefore aims to present i) an understanding of the linkages between child labour and education, by examining the educational, household and sociocultural determinants that act as constraints or incentives in the decision between labour and education; and ii) an overview of relevant mainstream, specific project and non-formal educational responses.

  2. Group report: fellowship 2

    30 April 2009

    The TVET Reform Project aims to support change within the TVET system of Bangladesh. It is an ambitious program of activities that focus on a broad range of TVET issues including development of new national policy, implementation of competency based training, new teacher training arrangements, a greater role for industry and decentralised management of institutions.

  3. Green jobs assessment in agriculture and forestry sector in Bangladesh

    30 April 2009

    The report focuses on climate change impacts on Bangladesh; and ways for sustainable economic and social development and environmental protection at national level.

  4. ILO 90th anniversary in Bangladesh

    29 April 2009

    ILO marks 90 years world wide and its 36 years in Bangladesh highlighting social dialogue and decent work as the upcoming challenges to respond to the financial economic crisis. Activities include press briefing, trade unions rally and high level forum.

  5. Green job assessment in agriculture and forestry sector of Bangladesh

    01 April 2009

    The agriculture sector assessment on green jobs would include both an inventory and assessment of the intensive green technologies which are currently on going or are being planned in the future and those have an impact on poverty reduction, employment creation, sustainable environment and decent work.

  6. Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE)

    01 March 2009

    Community-based training (CBT) now referred to by ILO as Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE), a needs- based methodology for promoting income-generation through skills training and support services, has undergone long period of evolution, improvement and paradigm shifts. Years of project level implementation have produced results in each country, in their specific situations, and in particular socio-economic circumstances. These country experiences have transformed the training strategy from its conceptual and policy frameworks, to its systems and methodology, and most of all to its implementing tools and guidelines.

  7. Recognition of prior learning

    01 March 2009

    The recognition of prior learning requires the recognition and acceptance by any training organizations of the qualifications and statements of skills issued by other RTOs and registered assessors enabling individuals to receive national recognition of qualifications and statements of skills.

  8. Assessment of formal and informal apprenticeship in Bangladesh

    01 March 2009

    Looks at apprenticeship structures within four (4) business sectors: Leather and leather goods; transport equipment (shipbuilding and bicycle manufacture); agro-food processing; information technology (IT).

  9. Preliminary assessment of Green Jobs in three sectors: (1) renewable energy (2) waste management (3) construction

    01 February 2009

    Provides a glance at relevant activities being carried out in the context of the framework of ILO’s green job initiatives.


  1. Report on the launching ceremony “Green Jobs initiative in Bangladesh”

    04 December 2008

    Summarizes the launching ceremony of Green Jobs ceremony jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the International Labour Organization.

  2. A national technical and vocational qualification framework for Bangladesh

    06 November 2008

    This paper describes the National Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework (NTVQF) proposed for Bangladesh. The proposal was developed after review of qualification frameworks in other countries and local consultations with government, private sector and NGO groups. The proposed framework ranges from NTVQF 1 (equivalent to current National Skills Certificate 1) for a basic skilled worker to NTVQF 4 for a skilled worker. There are two levels higher, NTVQF 5 for a highly skilled worker or supervisor and NTVQF 6 equivalent to Diploma level or equivalent.

  3. Mapping and analysis of growth-oriented industrial sub-sectors and their skill requirements in Bangladesh

    06 November 2008

    This report describes findings of research including a survey of 36 Bangladesh enterprises intended to identity: (i) sectors which are competitive and demonstrate growth potential, and (ii) the type of skills that will be required by these sectors in the coming years. For the purpose of selecting sub-sectors of the kind mentioned above, an analysis was undertaken of the pattern of growth, export performance, employment and productivity of manufacturing sub-sectors.

  4. The gender wage gap in Bangladesh

    01 June 2008

    This study presents the first comprehensive estimates of the role that gender plays in determining hourly wage gaps between women and men in Bangladesh, by examining gender wage gaps across different industries, among workers with different levels of education and among workers operating across different sized establishments. The paper also provides the first quantitative estimates of the effects of industrial and occupational segregation on average wage rates for women and men in the country.

  5. Availability of data related to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bangladesh

    28 May 2008

    This study has attempted to map the sources of TVET-related data and assess their availability, reliability, and coverage. It will contribute to the development of a database on TVET to better inform the delivery planning and resource allocation decisions and assess progress in the TVET sector, and has addressed the need for improved the data collection and data management for TVET in Bangladesh.


  1. Report of the workshop on promoting gender equality at the workplace

    29 March 2007

    The gender workshop was organized to sensitize stakeholders on gender equality at the workplace. It highlighted the international conventions ratified by Bangladesh on CEDAW and Beijing Platform for Action, and progress made by the Government of Bangladesh; micro credit schemes for women and harassment at workplace; it focused on the various initiatives taken by the Bangladesh Employers' Federation, and National Coordination Committee for Workers' Education.

  2. Time Bound Programme - Urban Informal Economy (TBP-UIE) project summary (In English and Bengali)

    01 January 2007

    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 WFCL by the Government of Bangladesh in 2001. The TBP sets the target for the elimination of all worst forms of child labour by 2015. The UIE project is funded by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, commenced in January 2007 and its first phase will be completed in December 2011.


  1. Reaching behind closed doors: A survey of legal and policy responses to child domestic labour in South Asia together with recommendations for reform

    05 April 2006

    This paper frames the international standard of protection in the context of child domestic labour and reviews by comparison the extent of legal and policy measures relating to this sector across South Asia.


  1. Migrant workers and human rights: Out-migration from South Asia

    08 September 2004

    This publication is in line with ILO mandate in support of migrant workers. The studies covering five countries in South Asia - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were undertaken from August to November 2003. It presents an overview of out-migration from South Asia and is intended to be utilized as background material for the General Discussion on Migrant Workers at June 2004 Session of the International Labour Conference.


  1. BANGLADESH:Report on the working children in metropolitan cities of Bangladesh (Establishment based child labour survey) (2002-03)

    16 December 2003

    A report on the working children in metropolitan cities in Bangladesh based on the findings of the Establishment-based Child Labour Survey (ECLS) 2002-03 conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

  2. BANGLADESH: Baseline Survey on Child Labour in Welding Establishments (2002-03)

    15 November 2003

    A baseline Survey on child workers in welding establishments to estimate the incidence and distribution of this target group at the national level.