Welcome to the FES Bangladesh Office

Michael Sommer, President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Admission is now open for the Academy of Work 2019!

The Academy of Work (AoW) is a certified, residential education programme for trade unionists. The programme is a joint collaboration of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bangladesh. The AoW is a policy oriented and sustainable education programme established to create an all inclusive representation of workers' interests and to support harmonious industrial relations that lead to an effective social dialogue.
Read more about the AoW and the application process in the brochures (in English and Bangla) uploaded on our Facebook page. We are looking forward to receive your application.
Application deadline: 5 July 2019.


Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bangladesh and Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) are proud of presenting a newly published study titled “Graduating LDCs in an Evolving WTO: Options and Strategies”. The authors (Professor Mustafizur Rahman and Dr. Debapriya Bhattarcharya) have analysed recent developments and reform initiatives in the WTO from the perspectives of "graduating LDCs". They made suggestions on how to safeguard trade interests in the course of losing the LDC status. FES Geneva Office will launch the study in the WTO Public Forum in Geneva, October 2019.
Stay tuned for updates after the launch!

Read the study right here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/genf/15546.pdf

Discussion among participants from the first 2017 cohort of the Academy of Work, Dhaka, April 2017. Photo by FES/Allison Sarah Joyce.

Long-term education and labour rights are the focus of FES in Bangladesh

A participatory higher education system and a prosperous and socially just labour market are at the core of the ongoing work by the Dhaka-based team of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bangladesh.

Given the evolution of the labour economy, new models of representation are essential to effectively safeguard workers’ rights. In Bangladesh, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is bringing its wide experience of social democracy and social justice to bear in collaborating with the country’s workers, employer, thinkers, students and government representatives.

A flagship programme for FES in Bangladesh is the Academy of Work (AoW), a cross-sector three-month residential training programme for emerging young leaders from the trade union movement. The programme is implemented in partnership with two institutes, one focusing on labour studies (BILS), the other on governance and democracy (BIGD). It focuses on industrial relations, the economy and decent work along the global value chain. 

Read more on FES Asia's webpage.

2nd Assembly on the Futures of Higher Education

On 30th of March 2019, the second assembly on the Futures of Higher Education ended with a big hope that youths would be more engaged in the initiatives for better tertiary education in Bangladesh. This assembly, organized by the Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka in cooperation with the FES Bangladesh and hosted by the University of Dhaka, became a new platform of talk for both the seniors and juniors, and for the nationals and internationals.

Well reputed fashion designer Ms. Bibi Russell and Emeritus Professor Surichai Wun’gaeo, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand were the keynote speakers of the two-day Assembly where more than 500 participants including academics, experts, researchers, journalists from country and abroad attended (Photo: Istiak Hossain Nirmol, CEO, Photo Poetry).

Get an insight into the Assembly by listening to the voices of the participants on our Facebook page.

Women's Rights are Workers' Rights

On 7 April 2019, FES in Bangladesh hosted an event “Women’s rights are worker’s rights”, where Professor Vibhuthi Patel from TISS Mumbai shared her input about feminist perspectives on care work as part of the regional feminism project of FES Asia and discussed with FES, local partners and labour activists.

As part of the event, trade unionists and experts from Bangladesh, Philippines and India, discussed challenges to access maternity rights despite women’s massive contribution to Asian economies. This discussion was followed by the screening of the feminist network’s documentary film with voices of working mothers and labour activists from Pakistan, Philippines and Bangladesh (photo: Charlotte Clemensen).

Read more about the event at our Facebook page.

Academy of Work (AoW) 2018

Academy of Work (AoW) is a 3-month certified academic course for trade unionists in Bangladesh. FES Bangladesh is proud of being part of this initiative together with BILS and BIGD, BRAC University. Throughout the course, participants are empowered to connect to the world beyond the Bangladeshi labour sphere and to continue on their leadership path by representing the goals of decent work along the global supply chain, more effectively (photo: Charlotte Clemensen)

Read the various stories told by the 16 trade unionist who was participating in the course at our Facebook page

Global Solution Summit, Berlin

“As a modern storyteller once said, if you want to make a world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change.”

This quote is by Shakil Ahmed, a ‘Young Global Changer” attending the Global Solution Summit in Berlin from 16-19 March 2019, an event which is supported by FES. Shakil, among 90 participants, had the opportunity to discuss major G20 issues and the future of multilateralism.

Upon his return to Dhaka, Shakil emphasized the important 'take-aways' from the summit. Read more at our Facebook page and listen to the voices of the 90 Young Global Changers here

Bangladesh Office

House 89 (West), Road 4, Block B
Banani, 1213 Dhaka
(Banani P.O. Box: 9051)

+880 2 550 34362 / 3


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The FES Bangladesh Office

"We want to support a social, economic, ecologically sustainable and participatory development of Bangladesh and strengthen regional as well as international dialogues with Bangladesh.” (Michael Sommer, Vice Chairman).

Together with its partners, the work of FES in Bangladesh aims at facilitating inclusive dialogues on social justice with a focus on labour rights, sustainable development and international cooperation. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka University (DU), the Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies (BILS), SME Foundation, Awaj Foundation and Karmajibi Nari (KN) are some of the trusted partners of FES in Bangladesh. Since opening its office in Dhaka, CPD and FES held several joint events in Dhaka with the shared objective of strengthening the voice of the least developed countries (LDCs) in global governance institutions such as the UN and the WTO. Read more

Priority areas and activities

FES Bangladesh and its partners regularly organize policy dialogues, seminars, workshops and trainings on different topics.

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FES in Asia

FES’s focus in Asia is the promotion of democratic principles and the social dimension of economic development. In the past few years, the foundation has also given increasing importance to the international dialogue within Asia.

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FES Bangladesh

In April 2014, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) officially opened its office in Dhaka/Bangladesh. Together with its partners, the work of FES in Bangladesh aims at facilitating inclusive dialogues on social justice with a focus on labour rights, sustainable development and international cooperation.

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Our recent activities in Bangladesh

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Selected Events

Selected Publications

  • Graduating LDCs in an Evolving WTO: Options and Strategies Read more …
  • Livelihood Challenges of RMG Workers - Exploring Scopes within the Structure of Minimum Wages and Beyond Read more …
  • The Ignored Generation - Exploring the Dynamics of Youth Employment in Bangladesh Read more …
  • Performance of EPZ RMG Enterprises Are They Still Better Compared to Non-EPZ Enterprises? Read more …