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SDC Team visits Katalyst’s activities to get a first hand idea about M4P approach

An eight member team from Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) from its HQ office in Berne recently visited Dhaka to attend a conference on “Achieving Impact, Leveraging Resources”. As part of their visit, they had a day long programme with us to see our project activities In the Furniture and ICT sector in and around Dhaka on 26 October 2010.

The team first visited Mazida and Sons, a local furniture manufacturer in the furniture cluster in Badda. The team was interested to know about the approaches on how the local input suppliers were linked with the furniture manufacturers.

They further were pleased to see the improved working conditions of the factory workers which was a result of one of our interventions in that sector. During this part of the visit, the team was accompanied by Christian Portal, Director and Nusrat Nahid, Group Manager of Industry and Rural Services Group.

Later in the day, the team went to Kapasia, Gazipur to see the operation of an ICT centre under GPCIC. They spoke with the entrepreneur of the CIC and were pleased to see the involvement and contribution of the private sector in assisting the rural community with such timely and useful information. Shahroz Jalil, Director, Services Group and Markus Kupper, Director, Monitoring and Results Measurement accompanied the team in the ICT centers.

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