At the same time, we deployed a team to Cox’s Bazar to provide technical and operational support to our partners, while ensuring appropriate coordination and close collaboration at inter-agency forums and bilaterally with other national and international humanitarian organisations.
This page gives in-depth information about our Rohingya response, with reports and news for the development sector, donors and our partners. If you would like to donate, please visit our appeal page.
To deliver life-saving aid to the Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, as well as the host communities.
Christian Aid's response is based upon providing protection, site-management, food, shelter, health-care, water, sanitation and hygiene. Gender, inclusion, and accountability issues are also addressed through all our activities.
Camps 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 and the surrounding host communities in Ukhiya Upazila, Cox’s Bazar district
October 2017 onwards
Approx. £11 million (not including Christian Aid appeal)
Approx. 216,000 people
Humanitarian principles and the protection of civilians is at the centre of our response. We ensure assistance is provided based on vulnerability and mindful of conflict sensitivity.
Based on our global policies and cluster-specific recommendations, we follow a gender, protection, accountability, inclusion and human-rights based approaches to providing humanitarian aid. We also use participatory communication with communities in all phases of programming, to ensure we are responding to their needs.
We are responding both directly and through five local implementing partners, in line with our partnership model. Where possible we are building local partners' capacity, to enhance and strengthen their presence and quality of work.
Disaster risk reduction, including preparedness and contingency planning, takes a central role, since the area where the Rohingyas are now living is subject to annual cyclones, monsoons and flooding. Cash-based interventions are providing safe access to markets and a 'do no harm' approach is guaranteed.
The response programme works under the umbrella of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis led by the Strategic Executive Group consisting of the UN Resident Coordinator, UNHCR and IOM. It is coordinated by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) with the strategic objectives to:
- Provide timely life-saving assistance and protection, as well as improve the living conditions of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
- Ensure the well-being and dignity of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
- Support environmentally sustainable solutions.
- Build confidence and resilience of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
Reports and resources
A review of Christian Aid's work a year after Bangladesh opened its border to over a million Rohingya refugees fleeing from Rakhine state in Myanmar.
Humanitarian policy statement: Christian Aid's response to the UN-backed donor pledging conference for the Rohingya crisis, held on 23 October 2017.
36 financial commitments were made for Rohingya crisis response at the UN in 2017, but less than half of funding requirements have been met a year on.
An update from our team on the ground with the very latest information on our response to the Rohingya Crisis.
Blogs and stories
29 May 2019
Jobs are scarce in Rohingya refugee camps, especially for people with disabilities. The limited employment opportunities available in the camps often demand heavy physical labour and are not suitable for people like Din Mohammad.
29 May 2019
Starting a business is always a challenge, especially when your shop is on a steep muddy slope in a refugee camp. Minara and her husband were forced to abandon their home and business in Myanmar and start from scratch in ‘Camp 14’ in Bangladesh.
29 May 2019
Jobs are always in short supply in refugee camps, but the challenge is often far greater if you are a woman. Saika, a 22-year old Rohingya woman from ‘Camp 14’, desperately needed to find work to support her family.
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