Community-Based Enterprise Development(C-BED) has started its journey on Friday in the country for the first time. The programme will be held entirely online to avoid the risk of covid-19 of its mentors, partners, and participants.
C-BED Bangladesh Country Coordinator Masudur Rahaman organised orientation programme virtually. The programme was funded by non-profit organisation Kazuko Bhuiyan Welfare Trust with the association, an IT enabled company Intradoc International from Bangladesh.
The NPO Youth International Support Association (YISA) will support the tools of the online class while the Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (AISIMAS) impact centre Kyoto will provide the technical support for the fundraising from Japan.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) designed the cost friendly and easily accessible training approach to help institutions support entrepreneurs and micro-business owners to start new businesses or improve existing businesses. Five students from a diverse background will attend a mini MBA for eight weeks.
Charles Bodwell, Enterprises Development Officer at the ILO, Akira Kawasaki, Junior Enterprise Development Officer at the ILO, Cong Xu, Kyoto University, Japan, Tareq Rafi Bhuiyan (Jun), Trustee of Kazuko Bhuiyan Welfare Trust, Taizo Yokoyama, Director, NPO Youth International Support Association (YISA), Japan, Sabbir Hasan, IT & PSC networking support of C-BED Bangladesh piloting programme & CEO of InTraDoc International, Yurika Bhuiyan, Moderator, C-BED Bangladesh & Trustee, Kazuko Bhuiyan Trust, Maksuda Sonia, Moderator C-BED Bangladesh, were present in the programme.
The C-BED programme is already underway in more than a dozen countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. C-BED tools have been taken up by governments, trade unions, business associations, and NGOs.
"I expect that Bangladeshi Community will be able to add more value to this community-based training in terms of scale and quality," said Akira Kawasaki, Junior Enterprise Development Officer at the ILO.
Welcoming C-BED program students, Charles Bodwell, Enterprises Development Officer at the ILO, said, "It's great to see the C-BED programme get a foothold in Bangladesh, supporting entrepreneurship, business creation and sustainable ideas, all with the help of the ILO's activity-based learning model."
The C-BED Bangladesh main programme will start on January 1, 2021, after conducting successful piloting.