During a recent mission to Bangladesh, IHS joined a major project to support sustainable local economic development (SLED) in the country. The IHS team consisted of staff Dr Jan Fransen, Dr Carley Pennink and Vera Safronova, who collaborated closely with local stakeholders, including the Local Government Division and partner Swisscontact, to assess capacity-building needs and explore a sustainable path forward.
More about the project
The primary objective of the project was to conduct a comprehensive Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) to determine capacity requirements for SLED in Bangladesh, going beyond individual training needs to assess capacities at various levels. IHS worked closely with Swisscontact as part of the PRABRIDDHI project, assessing capacity gaps at local and national government levels and within training institutions. Sustainable Local Economic Development in Bangladesh occurs in between rapid urbanization and population growth, with a goal of achieving upper-middle-income status by 2031.
What is our impact?
IHS worked within the approach of the PRABRIDDHI project, focusing on quick wins and mobilizing local stakeholders to identify economic drivers and priority sectors. As part of the project, IHS aimed to present institutional analysis, assess capacity gaps, propose a training program, and develop an institutional development program for regional learning environments on SLED. The training program targeted 800 civil servants from municipalities, emphasizing long-term sustainability.