Bangladesh: Looking Beyond Garments - Employment Diagnostic Study

Publication | September 2016

This study highlights the role played by growing female workforce in the positive economic turnaround in Bangladesh. It is now essential to shift workers to more highly productive sectors through structural transformations.

  • US$27.00 (paperback)

Economic growth in Bangladesh, above 6% in most years since the 2000s, has been on the fast track since the 1990s. Not many developing countries, especially the least developed, have been able to achieve this consistently for such a long period. Yet despite the jobs generated in the export-oriented readymade garment industry, the fruits of growth have not been widely shared.

This joint study by ADB and the International Labour Organization examines the nature and magnitude of the employment challenge Bangladesh faces, looking at the nature of productive employment and its role in transmitting the benefits of growth into incomes for the poor. It indicates that the positive economic turnaround in Bangladesh is largely due to the rising presence of women in the workplace.


  • Introduction and Highlights
  • Employment and the Labor Market: Trends and Challenges
  • Economic Diversification, Structural Change, and Employment in Bangladesh
  • Overseas Employment of Bangladeshi Workers: Trends, Prospects, and Challenges
  • Skills Development
  • Women at Work
  • Policy Recommendations to Improve Productive Employment Outcomes and Creating Quality Employment
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Tertiary and higher education
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Gender Equality
  • Industry and trade
  • Social development and protection
  • Migration, trafficking, and human mobility
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Bangladesh
  • 156
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT168372-2
  • 978-92-9257-561-8 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-562-5 (e-ISBN)

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