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Labour & The Latest Lockdown

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 16th April 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The latest lockdowns means low-wage and informal workers contend with less and the garment sector staggers. There’s another revision of the projected GDP – the question is, “Up or down?” And the World Bank makes recommendations for spurring economic growth.

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Issues in the Labour Market

Covid Crisis: Export Industries and Workers

Photo by Fahad Faisal / Original used under CC BY-SA 4.0

In recent years, there has been greater attention and movement towards improving working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh. However, the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges for both employers and employees.

To better understand this issue, Quay Asia has set out to do extensive analysis of the challenges and successes in the export-oriented industries during this unprecedented time. In a series of three articles, we will trace events from the starting point to the present day focusing on the health and safety of workers in the ready-made garment industry.

This series is primarily for the benefit of policy makers and administrators in the private sector. The goal is to inspire better practices to protect workers, avoid sudden disaster and ensure long-term sustainability of businesses.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: What Businesses Can Do

Transitions to Formal Employment

Mariam, now 22 years old, dresses up to leave for work with a smile on her face. She is now a formal employee in the factory where she was previously working as a casual worker. She is a machine operator at the factory. Mariam owes a lot to Fatema and her employer for the training they provided. The training developed her and the skills of other entry level female workers. It also built their confidence so that they can be promoted to positions as operators and supervisors. It worked for Mariam.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: Considering Productivity

Accounting for Low Productivity in the Informal Sector

At six o’clock in the morning Mariam, now 18 years old, wakes up and gets ready for the day. She works at a garments factory just outside Dhaka city. As she brushes her hair, she remembers her work as a maid. She was just a child. She cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids when their parents weren’t around. Maryam has bad memories of those times. She always felt the family were unhappy with her work. But she didn’t know why. Sometimes they were happy and would give her gifts of clothes and sometimes money.  When she they were unhappy…well, those really were painful memories.

That’s all behind her now. But work in the factory isn’t easy, either.

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Work Stream

Women’s Path Forward

Agamir Pothey: Promoting Our Women

Olympic Industries launches “Agamir Pothey”

“Agamir Pothey” or The Path Forward is a development programme for entry level women employees.

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Work Stream

Help for the Aged

Social Protection for the Poor

Manusher Jonno Foundation tells Bangladeshi citizens about their rights to the social protection schemes provided by the Government of Bangladesh.

Quay Asia assigned two highly experienced consultants to evaluate this important project.

The Civil Society project is part of a wider Programme of technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh.

UK Aid and Australian Aid support the Government of Bangladesh to improve the way it gives allowances for the poor.

But many poor people are not aware of their entitlements. And so Mansuher Jonno works with local organisations to help poor get the help they deserve.

Photo of Shameen used with her kind permission

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Issues in the Labour Market

Transitions: Next Steps

Youth face many challenges trying to find work, and attaining a certain level of education or certain skills will only get them so far. Not only do skills training programs need to do a better job teaching youth the best and most up-to-date technical skills, they need to teach youth better soft skills. That was made clear by the last post. However, that only tells half the story. Employers also need to be better recipients and need to adopt better practices to get the most of their new, inexperienced youth employees.

To better understand some of these issues, we asked employers and human resource experts what they thought.

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What the papers say

The Digital Divide in Bangladesh

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 2nd April 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Education experts weigh in on the challenges of beginning classes again. The World Bank wants to finance jobs and wage protections. Mango farmers are optimizing and increasing yields. And we explain how Bangladesh fares in digital connectivity.

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The Future of Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 26th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Data reveals which groups constitute the new poor. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is increasing rural investment through Money for Work. McKinsey & Company published an article about “What’s next?” And we know the MRT lines are under construction – but could Dhaka get a subway system too?

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Growth, Agricultural and Digital

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 18th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

The government wants farmers to cultivate more land to increase food production. Photo by Nishaan Ahmed on Unsplash.

…The Government of Bangladesh is funding farmers and looking to spend big in digital connectivity and infrastructure. And for the first time, some of those funds are coming from the foreign reserve funds.

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People Are Moving. Is the Economy Following?

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 10th March 2021.

Photo by Niloy Biswas on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Bangladeshis are more mobile now than before the pandemic, but meanwhile, borrowers and banks haven’t fully recovered. There’s insight into child marriages, and more about the plight of working women. And days before a major India-Bangladesh meetup, it seems everyone’s talking about what’s on the agenda.

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The Agro-Based Economy

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 4th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Jute prices continue to climb, with consequences. The government revised the development budget with a boost to the rural economy. Remittances and migrant workers make headlines. And in step one of three, Bangladesh is approved for LDC graduation.

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Vaccinations Underway, but Not Without Challenges

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 25th February 2021.

Photo by Ahmed Hasan on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Bangladesh seeks more vaccine doses to fulfill its inoculation goal. Reporting reveals the plight of some migrant workers and efforts to improve their lot. One bank in Bangladesh tops them all. And last year at least 300 small and medium garment factories closed – how many have reopened?

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Updates

“What the Papers Say” will be on hiatus this week because Mary Khan, our communications manager, is on leave.

Come back 18th February for the latest social and economic news!

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Credit for the Unbanked

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 4th February 2021.

The government has approved a loan package to benefit unbanked farmers and small business owners. Photo by Manzur Alam on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…There’s a new stimulus package and new loan repayment terms. The government delayed the directive for schools to open. People express frustration and promises over bicycle lanes in the crowded capital city. And what will the military coup in Myanmar mean for the Rohingya in Bangladesh?

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Doses Delivered and Schools Reopening

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 28th January 2021.

Schools might open as early as 4 February, although many students will start with in-person classes once in a week. Photo by Ahmed Hasan on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The first Covid-19 vaccinations were delivered, and schools are making plans to reopen. The government is considering major investments in multiple skills-based education initiatives. There’s the latest data on the expected GDP growth rate and the present poverty rate. And one analysis attempts to answer, “How many garment jobs have been lost?”