Who We Are

CARE is one of the world's largest international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 93 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization.

CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 with Bangladesh being one of the largest country offices of CARE. Prior to Bangladesh's independence in 1971- CARE Bangladesh's efforts mainly focused on disaster relief, school and pre-school feeding.

Since 1974, CARE Bangladesh's development portfolio has included food security and livelihoods; health and nutrition; agriculture and natural resources; climate change adaptation; women's empowerment and reduction of violence against women; civil society strengthening; HIV/AIDS; disaster risk reduction and emergency response.

Over the recent years, CARE adopted rights based programming to address the underlying causes of poverty to transform the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and marginalized, through amplifying their voices in securing their legitimate claims and entitlements.

CARE has also acquired a leadership position in private sector engagement by forging partnerships with 27 enterprises, centered on inclusive business models in the areas of market access, sourcing and aggregation; distribution systems; workforce engagement; and capacity building in inclusive business -to jointly address development challenges for people at the bottom of the pyramid.

CARE Bangladesh is currently implementing 35 projects in partnership with 36 implementing NGOs to improve food and livelihood security, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, improve child health and nutrition to eventually reduce child mortality.

CARE Bangladesh has a unique history of innovation, excellence, teamwork and genuine commitment to the communities we have worked with. Following its international strategy, CARE Bangladesh has developed a strong operational presence in Bangladesh, with its vast potential for economic development, and welcoming attitude towards changes, continuously focused on the needs of our beneficiaries.

One of the largest country offices for CARE International, CARE Bangladesh embraces the concept of being international and at the same time truly national, where the skills and abilities of our employees are reflected all over the country.

The international approach of CARE Bangladesh projects is a solid and measurable reality with a significant impact. Barendra, Char, Midlands, Haor and Coastal areas are some of the country's key geographical areas that reflect CARE Bangladesh intervention in projects where, as a leader or a member of a consortium, integrate the donors' and government's required competencies for qualification and implementation of the projects.

CARE Bangladesh is currently an organization focused on the management of multi-partnership contracts and projects with its donors and partners. "Working with the Community" instead of "working for the community" sets the difference and makes us "accomplices" of projects that transform rural and urban areas, ordering the territory and decisively contributing for the quality of life of the inhabitants. In Bangladesh CARE works on women empowerment; food security; workforce engagement; good governance; health; education; private sector engagement; and climate change & DRR.

The success and reputation of CARE Bangladesh are based in the conviction and persistence that one can achieve and conquer all when one really believes in it and dares to "think Big".


We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.


CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.


We put women and girls in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.



Why we focus on women and girls

Around the world women & girls are disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination & violence. In Bangladesh, cultural tradition means that women and girls often do not have access to decision making power in their personal lives & household & mostly confined to home. All these means that they are far less likely to participate in the economic or social development of their families and communities.

CARE’s work globally focuses on empowering socially, economically and politically most marginalized women and girls; those who experience multiple denials of their rights. These women and girls may have experienced violence and abuse, exploitation and discrimination at work, political stigma and marginalization or child marriage and other denials of their rights to choice and opportunity. They might also be especially vulnerable to climate change and disaster.

Our focus on Women and girls stems from a firm commitment to overcoming this marginalization and realizing women’s full human rights. Respecting women’s right to equality and dignity not only means transforming the lives of women but tapping into Bangladesh’s greatest unused resources, ‘Women’s power to create to change’.

For every year a girl spends in school she raises her family income by up to 20%. Educated girls grow into Empowered women who are more likely to educate their children, will work, earn wages and can help their families and entire communities for overcoming poverty.

Our partners & donors

Our partnerships are one of our key approaches and an essential part of how we achieve success. Our work with local NGOs and civil society ensures that we have access to the best knowledge and understanding of each community and its context, and can work in ways that are relevant and practical.


  • Ashokta Punarbashan Sangstha
  • Action for Social Development
  • BRAC
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission
  • Jaintia Shinnomul Songstha
  • Barendra Development Organization
  • Eco-Social Development Organization
  • Debi Chowdhurani Palli Unnayan Kendra
  • Gram Bikash Kendra
  • Light House
  • Mahideb Jubo Somaj Kallayan Somity
  • Marie Stopes ClinicS ociety
  • Sheba Manab Kallyan kendra
  • Mukto Akash Bangladesh
  • National Development Programme
  • Raahmatpur Manabik NabayanSangha
  • SHEVA Nari O Shishu kallyan Kendra
  • People's Oriented Program Implementation
  • Sheba Manab KallyanKendra
  • PROYAS Manobik UnnayanSociety
  • Solidarity
  • Social Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Socially Vulnerable
  • Shimantik
  • South Asia Partnership Bangladesh
  • SKS Foundation
  • Uttaran
  • Village Education Resource Centre
  • Unnayan Sahayak Sangstha
  • Khulna Mukti Seba Sangstha(KMSS)
  • Institute of Development Affairs(IDEA)
  • WorldFish(Technical Partner)
  • Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST-Trust)
  • Family Development Services and Research (FDSR)
  • ICCDDRB (Technical Partner
  • Mukti Cox’s Bazar
  • Peoples Upliftment in Livelihood and Social Empowerment (PULSE-Bangladesh)
  • Resource Integration Centre (RIC)


  • Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust
  • Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
  • Coalition of Urban Program
  • Global Partnership for social accountability
  • Karmajibi Nari
  • Manusher Jonno Foundation
  • National Char Alliance
  • Right to Food Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Mohila Parishad
  • Citizens' Initiative on Domestic Violence
  • Directorate of Haor Development
  • Horizontal Learning Program
  • Jugantar
  • Land Law Review Program Steering Committee
  • Mass-line Media Center
  • Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association
  • Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition in Bangladesh
  • Girls Not Brides Campaign Bangladesh
  • National Forum for Social protection
  • Women and Girls Lead Global
  • NAARI Consortium
  • National Girl Child Advocacy Forum
  • Local Governance Initiative and Network Asia (LOGIN ASIA)
  • Association of Social Transformation Enabling Projects & Organization’s (STEPs)
  • BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University
  • Breast Feeding Foundation (BFF)
  • Centre on Budget and Policy (CPB), University of Dhaka
  • International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

Government Contributions

Working with the Government of Bangladesh helps us to build on existing systems and policies, advocate for meaningful change at the local, regional a d highest levels, and assist government offices in achieving their commitments to and goals for Bangladesh's poorest and most marginalized.

  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Food
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Ministry of Land
  • Ministry of Social Welfare
  • Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development -and Cooperatives
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
  • Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
  • AND
  • Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD)


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