Current Projects

HEALTH

1 STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT SYSTEM (CMSS) TO IMPROVE MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH

This project aims to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, especially among poor and vulnerable households, by supporting community support systems (CmSS) to increase community awareness and improve health system responsiveness, accountability, quality of care and referrals. This project will also document evidence and inform the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and relevant stakeholder about the cost effectiveness of external facilitation in the quality implementation of a CmSS model, working with existing health systems and structures.

DURATION: November 2015 to October 2017
LOCATION: Kurigram district
PARTICIPANTS: 137,160 direct and indirect beneficiaries
DONOR: David Wichs
2 CARE-GLAXOSMITHKLINE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER INITIATIVE PHASE II

This initiative works to improve maternal and child health in rural communities of the Sunamganj district, complementing government initiatives.

DURATION: December 2015 to November 2018
LOCATION: Sunamganj District
PARTICIPANTS: 1.32 million, including direct and indirect beneficiaries
DONOR: GlaxoSmithKline
3 HALOW +

The project will work for empowering workers to access services in-factory and in the community by raising awareness and educating workers on key health and dignified work issues. The project will develop worker champions for transferring knowledge and information to workers and mobilizing communities to engage with leaders and decision makers creates positive platforms for change for individual workers, their families and communities. This also enables individuals to collectively influence the systems and policies which affect workers’ lives.

DURATION: October 2017 to September 2020
LOCATION: Gazipur
PARTICIPANTS: 50000
DONOR: GlaxoSmithKline and M&S
4 CARE-GLAXOSMITHKLINE HEALTH INITIATIVE FOR READY- MADE GARMENTS SECTOR

The project aims to develop a sustainable and replicable model to enhance the health and well being of (RMG) workers and their family members focusing on their equitable access to sexual, reproductive health, nutrition services , information as well as reduction of exploitation and gender-based violence.

DURATION: October 2015 to September 2018
LOCATION: Gazipur district
PARTICIPANTS: 50,000 marginalized people, including RMG workers and their families
DONOR: GlaxoSmithKline
5 HIV PREVENTION PRORAM FOR PEOPLE WHO INJECT DRUGS AND THEIR PARTNERS

The goal of the project is to minimize the spreading of HIV and minimize the impact of AIDS on the individual, family, community and society.

DURATION: February 2016 to November 2017
LOCATION: Six City Corporations of Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: 9022 People who inject drugs (Both male and female)
DONOR: The Global Fund; Save The Children
6 IMPROVING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH IN BANGLADESH

IMIHB aims to improve maternal health outcomes, health system responsiveness, quality and care, especially among poor and vulnerable women in the urban Gazipur district.

DURATION: December 2014 to June 2017
LOCATION: Gazipur district
PARTICIPANTS: 63,000 urban women, primarily RMG factory workers, and their children
DONOR: The Australian-NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and Target Australia
7 COMMUNITY BASED INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVE COVERAGE OF MATERNAL, NEW-BORN AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES

This project implements a co-learning community based interventions in Khulna district to improve effective coverage of maternal, new-born and child health services.

DURATION: October 2016 to December 2018
LOCATION: 79 Upazila in 68 Unions of Khulna district
PARTICIPANTS: 675,036 women of reproductive age, 213,474 children under five
DONOR: UNICEF
8 NUTRITION AT THE CENTER (N@C)

This project focuses on reducing the prevalence of stunting and childhood anemia by mainstreaming nutrition within existing community health systems and integrating this with other relevant sectors such as women's empowerment, WASH, food security, and maternal health.

DURATION: May 2013 to December 2017
LOCATION: Sunamganj District
PARTICIPANTS: 22,653 children under two years old, 653 children under two years old and 88,600 women
DONOR: Private donor from the USA
9 NGO HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY PROJECT (NHSDP)

NHSDP supports the delivery of essential health services packages including community mobilization, reaching out to the poor, gender, newborn health and nutrition. CARE provides strategic and technical support here to the project lead, Pathfinder International.

DURATION: December 2012 to October 2017
LOCATION: 64 districts across Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: 20 million people
DONOR: USAID and UK Department for International Development (DFID)

WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

1 EMPOWERING MARGINALIZED FEMALE GARMENT WORKERS AND FEMALE FINANCIAL SERVICES AGENTS IN BANGLADESH

This Project aims to socially and economically empower female RMG workers through increasing their financial inclusion, improving their financial literacy and by ensuring their access to any financial services.

DURATION: November 2014 to February 2017
LOCATION: Gazipur district
PARTICIPANTS: 800
DONOR: Visa Inc.
2 EMPOWERING WOMEN GARMENT WORKERS THROUGH CAREER MOBILITY, FINANCIAL LITERACY AND REDUCED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The project aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of female garment workers under Dhaka division by investing in their career advancement, building their capital base, and increasing their confidence and capacity to address harassment and violence at workplace and where they live. In order to achieve this goal, the project plans to provide training to the female garment workers and factory supervisors and work closely with the factory management followed by a three way participatory assessment.

DURATION: November June 2017 to December 2018
LOCATION: Dhaka and Gazipur
PARTICIPANTS: Female Garment Workers
DONOR: UNWOMEN
3 UNITED FOR TRANSLATING RIGHTS INTO ACTION NOW (OIKKO)

OIKKO aims to strengthen the capacity of labor rights actors and to increase the voice and influence of marginalized and socially excluded female workers in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry.

DURATION: March 2015 to February 2018
LOCATION: Dhaka, Gazipur and Chittagong districts
PARTICIPANTS: 3,000 female RMG workers
DONOR: The European Union and the Austrian Development Agency
4 P.A.C.E in the Community-Phase III

This project aims to enhance the capacity of urban women migrant workers for advancement in personal, professional and community life. Based on the experience in Phase I and Phase II, project is implementing training programs on core modules and supplementary modules to the urban migrant women through a learning center. Core modules are – Communication, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, and Time and Stress Management. Supplementary modules are Financial Literacy, WASH and Business Development.

DURATION: January 2017 to December 2017
LOCATION: Gazipur
PARTICIPANTS: Direct 1875 and Indirect 13180. Total=15055
DONOR: GAP Inc.
5 PROMOTING ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS FOR WOMEN IN FACTORIES (PEEWF)

PEEWF aims to create an enabling environment for women in factories by promoting gender equality, dignified work and social empowerment in the ready-made garments and ceramics in dustries.

DURATION: January 2015 to December 2017
LOCATION: Gazipur district
PARTICIPANTS: 4,500 ready-made garments and ceramics workers
DONOR:
6 SUPPORTING MARRIED NULLIPAROUS ADOLESCENTS

This is a four year project, designed to work with married adolescent couples, their family members, and communities to delay the birth of their first child through use of modern family planning methods.

DURATION: November 2016 to October 2020
LOCATION: Kurigram and Rangpur division, Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: Married adolescent couples, their family members
DONOR: Gates Foundation
7 TIPPING POINT: INNOVATION AND ADVOCACY IN ADDRESSING UNDERLYING CAUSES OF CHILD MARRIAGE

Tipping Point, the multi-country project, addresses child marriage through a dynamic process of innovation, insight and influence across the national and global platforms. The project aspires to identify “tipping points” for shifting the poor and isolated communities’ social norms that restrict the lives and roles of girls (and boys) and uphold the drawbacks of child marriage and dowry. It aims to promote positive/gender equitable norms through exemplifying and celebrating alternative behaviors to establish gender equity and rights for girls’ and boys’.

DURATION: July 2013 - June 2020
LOCATION: Sunamganj and Rangpur district
PARTICIPANTS: Girls and Women = 5,500 Boys and Men = 4,500
DONOR: Kendeda Fund
8 WOMEN IN FACTORIES INITIATIVE (WIFI)

WiFi aims to create an enabling environment for women to attain their full potential in their careers and personal lives through training in life skills, work place rights, leadership and health, hygiene and nutrition.

DURATION: February 2014 to April 2018
LOCATION: Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayangonj and Chittagong district
PARTICIPANTS: 30,000 garment workers
DONOR: Walmart Foundation

HUMANITARIAN & RESILIENCE

1 BUILDING RESILIENCE OF THE URBAN POOR ( BRUP)

BRUP aims to increase the resilience of Urban communities and institutions so that they can prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from shocks and stresses.

DURATION: October 2014 to October 2017
LOCATION: Gazipur district
PARTICIPANTS: 8,000 people living in informal and slum settlements
DONOR: C&A Foundation
2 SCALING UP INCLUSIVE RESILIENCE AMONGST WATER LOGGED COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH WESTERN BANGLADESH

This project works to enhance inclusive resilience of the communities most affected by waterlogging in South Western Bangladesh.

DURATION: April 2016 to September 2017
LOCATION: South West Bangladesh: Satkhira District, 2 Upazillas (Satkhira Sadar, Kolaroa), 26 unions and 2 municipalities
PARTICIPANTS: 1,152,266 beneficiaries
DONOR: ECHO/CARE INTERNATIONAL UK
3 Supporting Bangladesh Rapid Needs Assessment (SUBARNA)

SUBARNA is a national project, aim to develop the assessment capacity in emergency situation. This project is closely working with the humanitarian architecture of Bangladesh to conduct needs assessments to directly contribute to improved evidence based decision making and better responses for disaster-affected populations. SUBARNA is also aiming to create and update tools and methodologies of assessments and building capacity of the GoB and agencies for better assessment through training.

DURATION: May 2017 to September 2020
LOCATION: Not specified
PARTICIPANTS: 630
DONOR: DFID
4 WHERE THE RAIN FALLS

The goal of this Community Based Adaptation project is to improve the resilience of targeted vulnerable and marginalized communities to the impacts of rainfall patterns by promoting agriculture and community based adaptation.

DURATION: January 2017 to December 2018
LOCATION: Kurigram District
PARTICIPANTS: 6500 small and marginalized farmers of 20 villages in Kurigram
DONOR: Prince Albert II foundation

STRENGTHENING HOUSEHOLD ABILITY TO RESPOND TO DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1 STRENGTHENING HOUSEHOLD ABILITY TO RESPOND TO DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIR (SHOUHARDO III)

SHOUHARDO III aims to improve the gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of 674, 856 vulnerable, poor and extremely poor people in rural Bangladesh, through a comprehensive development approach.

DURATION: September 2015 to September 2020
LOCATION: 8 districts: Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Habiganj
PARTICIPANTS: 674, 856 poor and extreme-poor people living in highly food insecure villages
DONOR: USAID and the Government of Bangladesh

EXTREMELY RURAL POPULATION PROGRAM

1 AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SUPPORT ACTIVITY

The Project aims to increase access to existing agricultural extension system and sustainably improve food security and nutrition for small holder farmers in southwest and central Bangladesh. CARE provides advice as a technical partner of this project, to the project manager, Dhaka Ahsania Mission.

DURATION: October 2012 to October 2017
LOCATION: 12 districts in the southwest region of Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: 110,000 small holder farmers
DONOR: USAID
2 Galeries Lafayette PSE Program (GLPSE)

To contribute in sustainable economic growth of JDP workers with special emphasis on women workers & SMEs under Switch Asia project in Northwest and Southwest region as well as greater Dhaka, Bangladesh.

DURATION: January 2015 to December 2017
LOCATION: Southwest and Northwest region in Bangladesh (Rangpur, Kurigram, Stakhira, Khulna, Jessore and Dhaka)
PARTICIPANTS: 200 JDP workers and 10 SMEs total 210
DONOR: Galeries Lafayette - France
3 JOURNEY FOR ADVANCEMENT IN TRANSPARENCY, REPRESENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY (JATRA)

JATRA aims to increase inclusive governance in Bangladesh by strengthening Union Parishads' public finance management systems to make them more accountable, transparent and aligned with the Local Government Act of 2009.

DURATION: March 2014 to August 2017
LOCATION: Nilphamari and Gaibandha districts
PARTICIPANTS: 30,000 households
DONOR: The World Bank's Global Partnership for Social Accountability
4 SHOMOSTI: PROSPERITY FOR THE POOR

Shomosti aims to support rural households, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, by developing market systems and enhancing inclusive basic services ( related to income, nutrition, health and education), which will result in higher incomes, improved livelihoods and social development outputs.

DURATION: December 2015 to November 2019
LOCATION: 14 districts in the northwest, mid- northwest, northeast and southeast of Bangladesh.
PARTICIPANTS: 200,000 rural households
DONOR: The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

1 JITA

JITA is a highly innovative rural-urban distribution network that creates sustainable income-generating opportunities for marginalized women by employing them as door-to-door sales people.

DURATION: 2011
LOCATION: 27 districts in Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: 320 marginalized women
DONOR: NULL
2 KRISTI UTSHO Phase-III

The Kristi Utsho micro-franchise has established a network of branded, rural-input supply shops in northwest Bangladesh to meet the needs of smallholder farmers.

DURATION: November 2015 to December 2018
LOCATION: Bogra, Rangpur, Pabna and Sirajganj districts
PARTICIPANTS: Over 100 shop owners and 30,000 farmers
DONOR: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN)
3 LIVING BLUE

Living Blue produces high-quality, hand-made products dyed naturally using Bengal indigo to supply high-end markets. It is owned and managed by the producers, workers and artisans.

DURATION: September 2014 to September 2017
LOCATION: Rangpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts
PARTICIPANTS: 1,017 indigo farmers, dyers, indigo processors and artisans
DONOR: Syed Zaman, Galeries Lafayette and Trehan Foundation
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