Welcome to the FES Bangladesh Office

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

Are you FES' new Communication and Project Officer?

FES in Bangladesh is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated communication expert to foster a steady flow of communication and to support the Resident Representative for the FES Bangladesh office.

The applicant will manage both our internal and external communication and will support FES Bangladesh with her/his expertise of strategic communication for development agencies and NGOs. He/she should be excited about developing and implementing plans to engage target audiences and spread the message about the work of FES in Bangladesh. The applicant will also support the Resident Representative in her communication and work. The ability to communicate effectively in English and Bangla (orally and written) is a must. We expect the applicant to start in June 2019.

Closing date for applications: Saturday, 11 May 2019.

See our Facebook page or www.bdjobs.com for more information.

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

  • 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 …
  • Are Subcontractee Enterprises Able to Upgrade? Insights from a Case Study Read more …