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 87 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".
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.
Our focus on women and girls stems from a firm commitment to overcoming thismarginalization and realizing women's full human rights. Respecting women's right toequality and dignity not only means the transforming the lives of women but tapping intoBangladesh'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 percent.Educated girls grow into Empowered women who are more likely to educate their children,will work and earn wages and can help their families and entire communities to overcomingpoverty.
Initially focusing on providing emergency disaster relief and nutrition, over the years we moved towards amore complex and forward-thinking program of development and resilience.
Placing women and girls at the center of our work enables us to tackle the root causes of poverty andinequity amongst Bangladesh's rural and urban populations. Working with over 29 national NGOs, 17International NGOs and 23 civil society platforms partners and reaching millions of beneficiaries, CAREBangladesh creates lasting change by strengthening marginalized, excluded and extremely poor ruralcommunities. We aim to build their resilience to shocks and amplify their voices to influence governance,public policy, and development practices.
Through our partners, we implement programs that encompass strengthening livelihoods and dignified work,food and nutrition security, inclusive governance, sexual and reproductive health, ending violence againstwomen and child marriage, pro-poor market engagement, disaster and climate risk reduction and emergencyresponse.
All our activities are underpinned by a right-based approach, and the empowerment of women and girls.
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.
CARE works with communities to improve understanding of the social norms that perpetuate violence. We encourage men & women alike to take action against child marriage, domestic & social violence. We reinforce these positive practices by creating an enabling environment for girl's leadership, encouraging greater family investment in girl's development & promoting safe relations between couples.
CARE builds women's economic empowerment by promoting their rights in the workplace& their inclusion in equitable & gender friendly value chains & social enterprise. By addressing the underlying causes of gender discrimination & unequal social norms, we build women's & girls' solidarity through Empowerment, Knowledge & Transformative Action groups (EKATA). Through this program we provide social analysis skills, encourage collective actions, identify female community leaders & equip them with tools & strategies to become change agents in their respective communities.
CARE considers health a fundamental human right & a critical factor in reducing poverty, inequality & marginalization. In collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, research institutions, academia & other stake holders, CARE has pioneered effective nutrition interventions, community based oral substitute therapy, micro nutrient powder & community skilled birth attendants.
CARE Bangladesh targets the factor that affect the availability of & access to nutritious food ; underlying cause of widespread hunger , malnutrition- poverty, adverse climate condition & has had the most remarkable success. Our building of inclusive agricultural value chains by working with the marginal & small holding farmers in remote and disaster prone areas has lifted over a million of people out of food security as well as made agriculture sustainable, productive & resilient.
We partner with government to implement projects & establish disaster management systems in our emergency response. Our humanitarian actions include saving lives & livelihoods, providing food security, shelter, water, sanitation & hygiene as well as building communities' resilience to shock & capacity to adapt any emergency situation.
Poverty & social injustice are caused by unequal power relations and inequitable distributions of resources, opportunities between power holders and marginalized communities. Using social accountability tools & local political economy analysis CARE deepens democratic process by institutionalizing and monitoring government planning and budgeting and ensuring participation, responsive strategies & solutions.
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.