The project “Building institutional mechanisms for the gradual extension of social protection in Bangladesh” has initiated its work in November 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project envisions facilitating the gradual extension of social protection in the formal sector in Bangladesh.

In consultation with tripartite constituents, the project aims to design an inclusive and gender-responsive Wage Subsidy Disbursement Mechanism. This mechanism can support the Ready-Made Garments (RMG) industry and other structured industries in the formal economy, enabling employers and workers to continue employment relation in the time of economic shock.

Project partners

The project was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Employers Federation, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, National Coordination Committee for Workers Education, IndustryALL Bangladesh Council, Research organizations, NGOs working on social protection for workers and Civil Society.



Mr. Tuomo Poutiainen, Director, ILO Country Office for Bangladesh

Ms. Noushin Shah, National Project Coordinator, ILO CO Dhaka

Ms. Mariko Ouchi, ILO