December 10, 2021

Fairwork Bangladesh Ratings 2021: Labour Standards in the Gig Economy

This first Fairwork report for Bangladesh examines gig workers’ rights in what is a relatively young market and capital-intensive sector. Overall, the scores awarded to platforms in Bangladesh in the first year were very low, reflecting an absence of labour […]
November 23, 2021

Gig economy in Bangladesh: Challenges and paths to fairer platforms

Fairwork has spent the better part of this year researching the Bangladeshi platform economy and the report is finally set to be published in December. With the proliferation of the Internet and smartphones, the very nature of work has been […]
October 25, 2021

Barriers and Opportunities for Girls in Accessing Finance through Digital Means

In this collaborative research with Girl Effect, the goal was to study the scenario of Bangladeshi girls’ access to digital finance. To achieve this goal, the available options of DFS (Digital Financial Services), the transaction behaviour of girls, the barriers […]
October 19, 2021

With hopes of return fading, migrants are slipping into debt trap: Study

“About 85% of the returnee migrants expressed their need for loans to either rehabilitate or to go abroad” Shahin Alam has a work permit in Malaysia and his employer is asking him to return to work. But he doubts he […]
October 19, 2021

Low interest in skills training is an alarm bell

Higher skill means better job and better pay abroad. But very few overseas jobseekers opt for having a skill training although they spend months, even years, before they finally arrive in a destination abroad. Why? Low education level is the […]
October 19, 2021

Migrant returnees need debt relief, social protection

Around 100,000 aspirant migrants have been stranded in Bangladesh for departure to countries of destination due to pandemic-induced flight restrictions. Many of them completed the pre-departure process and paid money to the recruiting agencies after borrowing from various sources. Many […]