Welcome to the FES Bangladesh Office
Leapfrogging to a COVID-proof smart workplace
The Corona epidemic around the world is forcing us to make the use of technology one step further. While ensuring the safety of employees in the workplace is an essential aspect, digital media is becoming popular for professional needs. This may be adding one more positive footstep in opening the door to some new possibilities in fulfilling the dream of building a digital Bangladesh.
This is an article about the optimism of how COVID-19 has been shaping our future through digital aspects. This has been written by two young optimist souls, Md. Rubaiyath Sarwar & Shakil Ahmed.
Md. Rubaiyath Sarwar is an expert on systemic solutions to poverty challenges and the Managing Director of Innovision Consulting and Chairman of the Value Chain Capacity Building Network for Asia and the Pacific.
Shakil Ahmed is an educator, futurist, and storyteller and part of the leadership team at Acumen Academy Bangladesh.
COVID 19 impact: LIFE vs LIVELIHOOD? The dilemma facing Bangladeshi RMG workers in re-opened factories
COVID-19 has not only trembled our health sector but also crashed on Economic factors. One of the major contributions to Bangladesh's national GDP comes from the RMG sector which has been facing a very critical situation. On one hand, there is a pressure of competing in the International market to reach the supplier demand, on the other hand, lack of enough commodities to ensure the health safety of the workers has created an unsolvable dilemma while reopening the factories.
This is an article which is written by Dil Afrose Jahan, based on interviews of multiple level stakeholders undermining the RMG sector. Dil Afrose Jahan is an Investigative Journalist and Media Trainer of Bangladesh. She is also an International Center for Journalists Fellow.
FES-CPD Joint Virtual Media Event
On 23rd of April 2020, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bangladesh, and Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) jointly organized a virtual media event, entitled ‘7th Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy: Crisis of Workers and Employers during the Corona Pandemic - Government Initiatives and Way Forward’. Dr. Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Research Director from CPD presented an analytical discussion on the post-Rana Plaza initiatives, current challenges, working conditions & ensuring workers right during COVID-19 situation.
Researchers, civil society members, trade union leaders, owners from garment factories & representatives from BGMEA participated in the event.
Find the video covering the full discussion on our facebook page.
Click on the link here: https://www.facebook.com/cpd.org.bd/videos/232639881390325/
Are universities ready to meet the demand of the labour market?
Although Bangladeshi universities have been an important part of Bangladesh over the last 50 years, contributing to independence, the democratic movement and the building of the nation, they currently face increasing challenges. Worsening teacher-student relations, a lack of innovation in teaching and research and a lack of preparedness to embrace recent developments have made them lag behind. Extensive reforms are necessary for universities to better respond to the demands of the labour markets in a changing world.
As a response, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bangladesh and the Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) at University of Dhaka have conducted a dialogue programme on tertiary education reforms at universities in 2014. Have a read on the regional website on what has been achieved since then!'
Job Advertisement_ Finance & Admin Officer
FES Bangladesh is recruiting a Finance and Admin Officer. If you are a master of numbers, Excel sheets and managing multiple tasks, we are looking for you. Please read the job advertisement, apply to join our dynamic team and contribute to our exciting work.
Closing date for applications: 3rd March, 2020
Click here for the advertisement: http://www.fes-bangladesh.org/files/daten/general/Job%20Advertisement.pdf
You can also check our facebook page for more details; https://www.facebook.com/fesBangladesh
Delegation visit to Germany!
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have great potential for success in Bangladesh. So far however, they have lacked the support and possibilities to really take advantage of their opportunities. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bangladesh has thus been working in cooperation with local actors towards facilitating Bangladeshi SMEs.
Recently, FES organized an inspirational exchange visit to Germany for a group of Bangladeshi experts to draw from German experiences of successful SME-support.
Read the story from the delegation visit to Germany on our regional web page.
Call for Application for the Economy of Tomorrow Fellowship!
Application is now open for graduates and young researchers calls for the Economy of Tomorrow Fellowship.
This fellowship is a joint collaboration of University of Dhaka and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Bangladesh. The Economy of Tomorrow (EoT) is designed to provide Fellowships to young and motivated Bangladeshi Students and Experts in order to conduct research and to write a policy paper outlining concrete policy reforms for Economic Growth in a socially just, gender equal, resilient and sustainable society.
The last date for application is 20 November 2019
You can find the application form and other details here: Application Form & Concept Note
New publication released!
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bangladesh and Centre for Development and Employment Research are proud to present our new study "Employment, Labour Force Participation and Education: Towards Gender Equality in Bangladesh". The authors, Rushidan I Rahman, PHD and Rizwanul Islam, have conducted a quantitative study on the role of women and their possibilities in the labour force in the fast developing economy of Bangladesh. Based on the results, they have made a number of policy recommendations on how to reduce gender inequality in the country.
Find it here: Employment, Labour Force Participation and Education
Academy of Work makeover
Academy of Work makeover
Two years after the first Academy of Work, trainers have restyled the programme to better respond to the challenges of organised labour in the future world of work.
Read more on our regional website FES in Asia
Admission is now open for the Academy of Work 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
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.
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 activities of FES in Bangladesh aims to facilitate inclusive dialogues on social justice with a focus on labour rights, futures of work and economy as well as higher education. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka University (DU), 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 2013, FES Bangladesh has, together with our partners conducted research, organised policy dialogues, seminars and trainings in order to break borders and build bridges. We aim to create innovative exchanges and to shape transformation processes in a rapidly changing world.