Welcome to the FES Bangladesh Office

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

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.

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 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.

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

  • Employment, Labour Force Participation and Education: Towards Gender Equality in Bangladesh Read more …
  • 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 …