Welcome to Bangladesh INSPIRED website

INSPIRED is the acronym for Integrated Support to Poverty and Inequality Reduction through Enterprise Development, the name of a programme funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the European Union. Its objective is to develop SMEs in Bangladesh – SMEs are Small And Medium Sized Enterprises – the driving force behind modern economies.

It is managed by the SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries. The SME Foundation, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Bank Training Academy (BBTA) and Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) are other main beneficiaries.

The Programme aims are to:

1. Deliver a multi-sectoral and inter-ministerial national strategy and   action plan for SME development which addresses all aspects of SME support including improving the business environment in line with accepted international best practice.

2. Develop a strengthened national capacity to plan and implement SME development.

3. Establish effective SME networking mechanisms aimed at sharing best practice.

4. Provide a SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme of €6.5m to Business Intermediary Organisations such as Chambers Of Commerce and Industry or cluster associations to work with groups of SMEs to improve their competitiveness in the following sectors: agro-processing, natural fibres, leather, plastics, light engineering, electronics, furniture and textiles.

5. Support clusters by using value chain development initiatives that seek to increase SME competitiveness in agreed sectors and provide capacity building to business intermediary organisations (BIOs) in lobbying, advocacy, networking, public-private sector dialogue and the provision of business development services (BDS) to their members. and

6. Support Bangladesh Bank training institutions for the benefit of the entire banking industry by providing training courses for bank staff on providing appropriate banking services to SMEs.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Policy Dialogue event on “Budget Dialogue on SME & Women Entrepreneurship...

A post-budget dialogue on SMEs and Women Entrepreneurship Development was jointly arranged by Bangladesh INSPIRED, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and Dhaka Chamber of...

5th Steering Committee meeting held at Ministry of Industries

The 5th INSPIRED Steering Committee took place at the Ministry of Industries under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Senior Secretary of the Ministry of...

Training programme on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in partnership with SME...

Officials from the SME Foundation, Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) and the Grant Beneficiaries, totalling 23 participants who are or...

Successful Completion of “Generate Your Business Idea” Training in Chittagong in...

As an effort to develop SMEs that are being steered by women entrepreneurs, Bangladesh INSPIRED   partnered with the ILO-Bangladesh Skills for Employment & Productivity...

Anticipated Approval of the New National SME Development Strategy- A Manifestation...

Following the completion of the four stakeholders’ consultation meetings by the end of April 2016 and a number of other consultations, the draft of...

Successful Completion of Train-the-Trainer Programme on Research Study/Techniques for SME Development

After completion of the first and second phases of this Train-the-Trainer programme at the end of April, 2016, 8 out of the initial 10...

Stakeholders’ Consultation Meetings Held

A total of four consultation meetings were held on relevant themes and topics with concerned stakeholders where the draft synopsis compiled by one of the...

Launch of “Generate Your Business Idea” Training in partnership with ILO,...

From the year of early 1990s, the developing Countries, including Bangladesh, have focused their attention on the development of women entrepreneurship. However, women make...

National SME Survey

National SME Survey Report now available!

Working with the SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries and the SME Foundation, the INSPIRED Bangladesh team is currently in the process of formulating and reviewing the National SME Development Strategy of Bangladesh. To feed into the strategy formulation process and to create a knowledge base on SME development, a series of studies were carried out in 2013 and early 2014, including a nationwide survey of 1200 SMEs. Click below to download the National SME Survey Report & Data Set from INSPIRED Bangladesh!

DOWNLOAD SURVEY REPORT (Click here to view or right click and select ‘Save link as’ to download PDF)

Check out the publications Tab in the top menu for other studies and reports.