Innovation Digest for Bangladesh

Impact stories, useful information, country data and more

Breaking gender barriers in the world of work

In 2014, the Canadian Government teamed up with the Government of Bangladesh and the ILO to fund the Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project to correct the low participation rate of women in skills development and the gender imbalance in the formal training system.

How Green Jobs are creating Sustainable Prosperity

Bangladesh is also one of the most climatically vulnerable countries in the world. Green jobs. i.e. decent jobs that are good for the environment, can help the country’s fight against climate change.

Bangladesh’s 2017 Voluntary National Review on the SDGs

Bangladesh submitted its first Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2017 to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The report tracks the progress Bangladesh has made so far towards each of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets.

A2i – Bangladesh Government’s Innovation Lab

The innovation lab in the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office is fostering public service innovation in a number of ways to unlock the true potential of the government and to improve the lives of citizens.

Tele-doctor Services to Improve Access to Healthcare

The introduction of m-health products will provide Bangladeshis with affordable and accessible advice, diagnostics and care. It has the potential to transform the health landscape in the country, and improve the lives of millions of vulnerable families.

No Lean Season – Innovation Project

No lean season is a programme which offers incentives (grants or no-interest loans) to low income agricultural workers to migrate during the famine season to urban areas where higher wages can be earned.

Delivering More Effective Primary Education

By changing the end of school exam to measure competence rather than rote learning, delivering 100 million textbooks and better teacher training, and by providing performance-based funding, Bangladesh’s primary education programme is delivering effective learning.

Improving Water Supply and Sanitation

Bangladesh is making significant progress in improving sanitation and access to clean drinking water with the help of an innovative microfinance programme that focuses on increasing access to hygienic sanitation facilities for low-income households in rural areas.

‘Empathy Training’ Initiative to Improve Public Services

The Bangladesh government’s Access to Information Programme (a2i) is using an initiative called Empathy Training to encourage new ideas to deliver more effective public services. In particular, they aim to reduce the time, costs and number of visits involved in accessing a service. The training has sparked innovative solutions to challenges affecting sectors such as fish farming, which is integral to Bangladesh’s food security and economy.

Bangladesh Creates ‘SDG Tracker’ Tool

In order to track Bangladesh’s progress towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Bangladesh government has created an SDG Tracker – a unique and searchable online database that provides a snapshot of progress made towards achieving global and national priorities, by each SDG target and indicator.