Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation. Represented in 36 countries with over 1,400 employees, it promotes - since 1959 - economic, social and environmental development.

B-SkillFUL Phase 1 (November 2015 – January 2020) is jointly funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and European Union (EU) and implemented by Swisscontact. The project aims to reduce poverty and improve the well-being of 40,000 poor and disadvantaged men and women by increasing their access to the labour market and enhancing their incomes, while safeguarding their fundamental rights at work. The project facilitates implementation of training programmes through local Training Service Providers (TSPs) on demand driven skills. It also supports the linkage of skilled graduates with financial institutions. Additionally, B-SkillFUL raises awareness amongst the graduates and informal sector enterprises on issues of Labour Rights and Decent Work (LRDW).

Since 01 November 2015 to the present, B-SkillFUL project has facilitated institution-based training for nearly 35,000 poor and disadvantaged men and women through partnerships with 30 TSPs in 6 districts of Bangladesh. In addition, more than 2,900 informal small/ micro/ cottage enterprises collaborated with the TSPs to provide the trainees with one-month Workplace Based Training (WBT). Since the project is heading towards the end of its first phase, it plans to commission a tracer study to an external research organisation to measure intervention results. The research organisation will be responsible for the entire process starting from questionnaire development, data collection and analysis to finally preparing the report.

B-SkillFUL Tracer Study 2019

Detailed Request for Proposal (RfP) can be downloaded from the link below. The RfP elaborates the scope of the study, tasks, deliverables and the timeline. It further outlines the selection criteria for applicant research organisations and the proposal submission guidelines: