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Christian Aid in Bangladesh

Donor-funded

Christian Aid in Bangladesh has wide experience of projects funded by institutional and other key donors.

We have a programmatic, results-based approach to participation, empowerment and policy advocacy at local, national and global level, working with our partners and through alliances, networks and consortiums.

Resilient livelihoods programme

Under the DFID Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) funding, the resilient livelihoods programme has been implemented in the most climate-vulnerable areas of Bangladesh. This programme aims to enhance the resilience of targeted communities, focusing particularly on women's empowerment through skill building for employment, income generating activities and strengthening community voices to improve participation.

This project is implemented in line with best practice across several cross-cutting areas including climate science, livelihood approaches, pro-poor market development, and disaster risk reduction. We have also made progress on enhanced transparency and accountability as well as grassroots, national and global level advocacy.

The programme interventions comprehensively contribute in order to strengthen communities' resilience with significant income increase, food security and improved capacity to adapt and deal with extreme climate uncertainties and natural disasters.

As of March 2015 this programme has reached 24594 beneficiaries (88% women) in vulnerable geographical areas.

Disaster risk reduction

We are currently working in 21 of the most vulnerable districts of Bangladesh across the southern coastal region, north-west and central flood and haor (wetland) areas. We have long-standing relationships with local organisations based on mutual learning and experience.

With funding from the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DIPECHO VII), Christian Aid implemented a project to strengthen resilience and safety in schools and communities in Bangladesh as a part of  DeSHARI Consortium, a network of five international NGOs (Christian Aid, Action Contre la Faim, DanChurchAid, Muslim Aid and Save the Children).

Through this project, school-based disaster preparedness (SBDP) created a safe learning environment and continuity of education in the face of a disaster by developing capacity for early warning systems, standard operating procedures for emergencies, simulation exercises, disaster risk assessments, and risk reduction action planning.

Last year we implemented three humanitarian response and early recovery projects in northwest part of Bangladesh funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and START fund. A total of 6366 flood affected people benefited from the response projects. The project provided food, WASH, shelter, livelihoods and early recovery support to affected community to better rebuild and improve their life and livelihoods.

A new project, Shifting the Power, launched in Bangladesh, aims for disaster response to be more collaborative, more locally owned, more accountable to the affected communities and therefore more effective. The project brings together six leading humanitarian agencies - CAFOD, ActionAid, Tearfund, Concern WorldWide, Oxfam GB and Christian Aid, with more than 50 local/national NGO partners from five countries - DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Pro-poor market access

Pro-poor market access is one of the key focus areas in our work. In the Scottish Government funded project which aims to achieve inclusive economic development through integrated food production and income security, the PMSD (participatory market system development) approach is implemented through engaging market actors and the private sector, and strengthening producer groups/cooperatives.

The project works with milk, chilli and maize markets and exploring other possible subsectors to engage with as well. Alongside this, an In Their Lifetime (ITL) funded EqualiTEA project is providing support to 1000 disadvantaged small farmers, enhancing skills and capacity for growing tea, increasing income, increasing access to entitlements and services and linking them with private companies.

We are also implementing projects to facilitate direct market access to small producers in rural Bangladesh through e-commerce. Christian Aid Bangladesh is now chairing the only pro-poor market network in Bangladesh known as Market Development Forum (MDF).

Governance projects

Our governance partners include NagorikUddyog, NijeraKori, Research and Development Collective (RDC), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust(BLAST) and Wave Foundation.These partners are working to improve the rights of poor, marginalised and socially excluded communities through broader policy and advocacy work at national level as well as grass-roots level advocacy for inclusion in social safety net scheme, right to information and access to justice.

Major policy issues our partners are working on are for the draft Anti Discriminatory Act, Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Rights Act, Separate Land Commission for Plane Land Adivasis as well as better implementation of the Domestic Violence Protection and Prevention Act and Right to Information Act.

Through the regional and Bangladesh EIDHR (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights) project, our partners are working for the enhanced participation and empowerment of Dalit communities in Bangladesh with an evidence base for realisation of Dalit human rights and entitlements.