Harnessing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to support reintegration

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Partnerships between the public and private sectors offer companies opportunities to engage in areas that are traditionally viewed as falling under a public mandate. These spheres include health care, transportation facilities, infrastructure, energy and waste management services. One reason why PPPs are used is because they enable projects to be realised which otherwise would not be affordable by the government using purely the state’s own resources.

This concept of building Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) has been established in several Silk Routes countries, yet linking these to reintegration goals is an area that remains largely untapped. In order to meet reintegration as well as economic goals, ICMPD has launched a specific project to this end on PPPs.

As an initial step in Bangladesh, ICMPD held a workshop on Public-Private Sector Partnership for Reintegration in Bangladesh with the European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) as well as the Bangladeshi Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) on 8th November. This was followed by a training on Reintegration Frameworks and Strategies on 9th November. 

These sessions gathered information and assessed the interest level of stakeholders in engaging with a PPP platform for reintegration. They also strengthened the awareness of government agencies and private sector representatives on the importance of migration, reintegration and development for Bangladesh in general - as well as for the migrants, migrant workers and their families - before presenting various reintegration frameworks and strategies designed for Bangladesh.