Baseline Study of Workers’ Empowerment and Participation Program

August 22, 2022

The Solidarity Center-Bangladesh commissioned the study under the program financed by USAID. In Bridging the learning from the 1st Phase to the 2nd Phase of the program, the study assessed worker and community perceptions of labor rights and conditions (in Ready Made Garment and Shrimp and Fish Processing sectors), violence, and harassment in the world of work, and access of the workers and their families to relevant public and private services. It also explored how activities and initiatives are undertaken by Workers’ Community Centers (WCCs) under the program have impacted living and working conditions in the workers’ community, and how best the WCCs can achieve sustainability. Survey, FGD, KII, and Workshop were the methods used for collecting data from different stakeholder groups, i.e., management of Solidarity Center & partner organizations, program staff, local government representatives, workers, and employers from both RMG and SFP sectors. A thirteen (13) member team of Harmony conducted the study between December 2019 and February 2020, in the urban/peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Khulna District.