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In September 2017, we launched an appeal to help people displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

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.

Our aims

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.  

Key information


Camps 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 and the surrounding host communities in Ukhiya Upazila, Cox’s Bazar district


October 2017 onwards

Programme value

Approx. £11 million (not including Christian Aid appeal)

Target population

Approx. 216,000 people

Implementing partners

Gana Unnayan Kendra
Dhaka Ahsania Mission
Dustha Shasthya Kendra
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh
Alliance for Cooperation and Legal Aid Bangladesh

Consortium partners

World Vision International
Concern Worldwide
ICCO Cooperation

Funded by

ACT Alliance
Disasters Emergency Committee
UK aid
The Scottish Government
Irish Aid
World Renew
Fondation Hirondelle
Act for Peace
Church of Sweden
World Food Programme

Our approach

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.

    Our partners

    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:

    1. Provide timely life-saving assistance and protection, as well as improve the living conditions of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
    2. Ensure the well-being and dignity of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
    3. Support environmentally sustainable solutions.
    4. Build confidence and resilience of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
    Rohingya women inside a camp

    Reports and resources

    An Exodus and 365 Days Later - one year of Rohingya response

    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.

    Christian Aid response to the Rohingya pledging conference

    Humanitarian policy statement: Christian Aid's response to the UN-backed donor pledging conference for the Rohingya crisis, held on 23 October 2017.

    Evaluation of Christian Aid Rohingya crisis response in Bangladesh

    This independent evaluation reflects on Christian Aid’s response in Bangladesh to the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees.

    Honour the Promises: One year on from the Rohingya pledging conference

    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.

    Rohingya Crisis response update, April 2018

    An update from our team on the ground with the very latest information on our response to the Rohingya Crisis.

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