Promoting Gender Responsive Skills Training System – PROGRESS

Reporting Organization:ILO - International Labour Organization
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 20,000,000
Timeframe: March 17, 2021 - September 17, 2026
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

ILO - International Labour Organization

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 20,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Education (100.00 %)

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This project aims to increase the number of women employed with decent work in a broader range of occupations Bangladesh . In collaboration with a range of donors and non-government partners, Bangladesh has established a more market-oriented, competency-based technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system coordinated through a collaborative peak body, the National Development Skills Authority (NSDA). This project establishes a link between the skills system and infrastructure and economic development strategies, including promoting green enterprises to ensure long-term benefits for human capital development, sustainable employment and improved livelihoods.

This project uses gender equality and women’s empowerment as a central theme to drive improvements in policy, skills and business service provision to empower Bangladeshi women. It also seeks to harness women’s potential in promoting green skills and green enterprise development. This project supports the Bangladesh Government’s commitment to promote gender equality in TVET, significantly increase women’s graduation and labour market insertion, and create gender-responsive, violence-free training and working environments.

Designed to combine capacity building and policy support with a practical demonstration to achieve sustainable change, the project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to the NSDA for developing and implementing an action plan on gender equality (GE) in TVET/Skills Training; (2) setting up a gender and skills taskforce to review the strategy for the promotion of GE and gender-based violence-free TVET system; (3) addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and providing more flexible training schedules, blended learning solutions, and provision of child care; (4) conducting gender-focused value chain analysis and research to identify opportunities for increasing women’s employment; (5) providing technical assistance to business development service providers in selected value chains; (6) establishing public-private partnerships to enhance women’s access to infrastructure projects; (7) increasing access to apprenticeship-based training for women; and (8) developing and promoting gender and environment-based curriculum and training materials.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) adoption and implementation of improved skills development policies, budget and operational systems which promote gender equality, particularly in terms of digital access, enterprise development and green jobs; (2) increased opportunities for wage and self-employment for women within selected value chains and infrastructure development projects, emphasizing COVID-19-related opportunities and green jobs; and (3) improved availability of accessible, inclusive and sustainable skills training and business support services that promote empowerment for women, returned migrants and disadvantaged groups in COVID recovery and green jobs.

Achieved Results


  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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