CARE BANGLADESH CURRENT PROJECT INFORMATION - FY'15

In this section you will find information on projects implemented by CARE Bangladesh which form our four programs. For the most up to date information please contact info@bd.care.org

Agriculture Extension Capacity Building Activity Project (Oct 23, 2012 to Oct 22, 2017): The aim of the project is to strengthen the existing agricultural extension system in 20 districts in South-West and Central Bangladesh in order to sustainably improve food security and nutrition for 200,000 vulnerable women and smallholder farmers. This project is funded by USAID and managed by Dhaka Ahsania Mission with CARE as the technical partner.

Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project (BNHSDP) (Dec 10, 2012 to Sept 30, 2016): This project, which forms part of President Obama's Global Health Initiative (GHI),supports the delivery of essential service packages through a network of around 25 NGO clinics that will reach around 20 million people in poor and underserved communities. Pathfinder International is the lead of this consortium, with CARE Bangladesh providing strategic and technical support in health, nutrition, maternal and child health. This 5-year project is funded by USAID.

Building Resilience of Urban Poor (BRUP) (October 20, 2014-October 31, 2017): The overall goal of this project is to enhance resilience of targeted urban communities and institutions to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, & recover from shocks & stresses. The project is being implemented in Gazipur which is a newly formed city corporation. The city hosts many garment factories and industries and vulnerable to different hazards such as water logging, fire, earthquake etc. CARE intends to address both shocks and stresses and works at both community level and institutional level in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and Bangladesh National Plan for Disaster Management.The project is being funded by C&A foundation.

CARE-GSK CHW Initiative (Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2015): CARE-GSK CHW Initiative works in the Sunamganj district with the overall goal of improving health outcomes of women and children under two years of age in traditionally underserved and poor communities of Bangladesh. This is a Glaxo Smith Kline Bangladesh funded project and is a unique public-private partnership in the health sector in Bangladesh.

CARE-GSK Health Initiative for RMG sector (October,2014 to September,2015): This project aims to establish a sustainable and comprehensive SRH and nutrition program delivery model which can be replicated to ensure consistent access and availability of health and nutrition services and information related to health and GBV emergency and awareness to garment workers and their families. The project is developing a multi- sectoral sustainable partnership model, collaborating with garment factory owners, garments workers, BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufactures & Exporters Association), municipality/city corporation authority, and other local NGOs. The project is funded by GSK.

Emergency response for Flood affected Communities in Northwest Bangladesh II (September, 2014 - January 2015): The project is distributing cash (BDT 1,800 per household), non food items, bathing and laundry soaps and ORS to 7,000 households affected by the flood. In addition, the project also plans to carry out health and hygiene sessions separately for the flood affected men and women to inform them about the essentials of health and hygiene especially during a flood. The distribution is being carried out adhering to gender sensitivity and people with special needs, with embedded mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability to the beneficiaries. The project is funded by CHAF, CARE and Humanitarian Coalition.

Enhancing Inclusive Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh (DIPECHO VIII) (March 2015 – September 2016): Funded by DG-ECHO over a period of 18 months, DIPECHO VIII is being implemented in all Unions in Kurigram Sadar, building community disaster resilience by enhancing the capacity of existing institutions and government agencies. The project strengthens and expands the institutionalization of Disaster Management Committees by enforcing the implementation of the existing Disaster Management Act and the Standing Orders on Disaster. It consolidates community-led inclusive processes by using the Community-Based and School-Based Disaster Preparedness approaches, promoting resilient livelihood practices and advocating for policy implementation and accountability. This project is a continuation of DIPECHO VII, which was implemented by the National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives (NARRI), titled ‘Building a disaster resilient Bangladesh'.

Expanding Provision of Essential Harm Reduction Services for Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) - GF-906 (Phase II) (Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2015): The aim of the project is to reduce HIV transmission rates among the most at-risk populations (both male and female) of Bangladesh. CARE Bangladesh in partnership with local organizations will achieve this goal by operating 31 drop-in centers as well as scaling up service access through outreach work and partnership with a range of key stakeholders. The project is funded by the Global Fund.

Global Women Economic Empowerment Initiative (GWEEI) Phase II- (February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2016): The project is a continuation of two years planned interventions of GWEEI-Phase I. The aim of the project is to create an enabling environment in which women attain their full potential, positively contributing to their careers and personal lives. This project works with 15 factories with approximately 30,000 garment workers (>80% women). It also works with factory management - approximately 45 mid-management staff. CARE is working with these factories and women on life skill development i.e. health, hygiene and nutrition, communication, gender, decision making, time and stress management, rights and responsibilities etc. A further 1500 women will receive training on their leadership skills that will assist them in their lives and careers. This project is funded by Walmart Foundation.

Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (CATS) (December, 2014 - December, 2015): The project aims to create open defecation free (ODF) communities comprising of 100,000 people; promote hygiene among 333,000 people with hand wash demonstration by at least 84,000 people. As part of the hygiene promotion intervention, it will rehabilitate water and sanitation facilities in 100 schools and hand wash facilities in 180 schools to promote improved hand wash and sanitation practices of 43,000 school children (as part of the 333,000 group mentioned earlier). The interventions will be implemented through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, government health workers' capacity building for awareness generation and School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS). The project is funded by UNICEF.

Improving Delivery and Uptake of Essential Nutrition through the Health and Food System and in the Community (June 01, 2013 to May 31, 2015): The initiative seeks to improve the delivery, monitoring and uptake of essential nutrition interventions and practices through the local health and food system and the community. The project area covers all unions of Ashashuni and Shayamnagar Upazilas, under Satkhira district and all unions of Muradi Upazila under Barisal district. This is an UNICEF funded project.

Improving Maternal and Infant Health in Bangladesh (IMIHB) (December 2014 to June 2017): IMIHB aims to improve the maternal health status of women, primarily who work in 'ready-made garment' factories, and the health of their children in Bangladesh. It will directly benefit 63,000 people through capacity building, awareness generation and referral linkages. IMIHB is to be implemented in 4 upazilas (Sadar, Kaligonj, Kaliakoir and Kapashia) of Gazipur district. The project is funded by ANCP and Target Australia

Information Communication Technology for Reproductive Health (ICT4RH) (November 2013 to April 2015): To meet the commitment to the UN Secretary - General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health and MDG 5, CARE Bangladesh has been implementing ICT4RH project to strengthen the supply of quality Maternal Health/Family Planning service and stimulate the demand for these services. The project aims to increase equitable access to and utilization of family planning methods and maternal health services among women of reproductive age, particularly the poor and the marginalized. The project is funded by UNFPA.

Journey for Advancement in Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA): The goal of JATRA is that Union Parishads' public finance management systems are strengthened, transparent and aligned with the Local Government Act 2009. The core objectives are: strengthening capacity of the citizens, especially the poor and the marginalized, to engage in budget planning and implementation; strengthening provision and access to information and influencing social accountability practitioners with knowledge and learning for improved results through constructive collaboration and effective networking. Various governments' institutions, from the local to the national level, will benefit from stronger accountability mechanisms which will ultimately strengthen the local government Division and the effectiveness of the decentralization system of the government of Bangladesh. The JATRA project has been awarded by the World Bank's Global Partnership for Social Accountability and will be implemented in 8 Unions of Nilphamari district under Saidpur and Kishoregonj Upazilla; and 7 unions of Gaibandha district under Polashbari Upazilla; located in the North-West of Bangladesh.

Nutrition at the Center (N@C) (May 2013 to December 2017): The project aims to significantly improve nutrition outcomes for mothers and children in resource poor areas by decreasing stunting in young children (6->24 months) by decreasing maternal and child anemia (6->24 months). The program has five components: IYCF, Maternal health and nutrition, Women Empowerment, WASH and Food Security. The intervention areas are Biswamvarpur and Derai Sub-districts of Sunamganj district. CARE Bangladesh is implementing the project through existing government health system strengthening and multispectral approach. The global strategies of implementation of Nutrition at the center project are advocacy, capacity building, social and behavior change and data driven management. Nutrition at the Center has established a great example of Pubic Private Partnership (PPP) having effect from community to national level. In the community level, community clinic (grass root level health facility) works as the implementation hub for N@C activities. The project is funded by Private Donor of USA.

OIKKO - United for translating rights into action NOW (January 2015 - December 2017): The OIKKO project ('unity' in Bengali), contributes to the realization of fundamental rights of workers in the RMG industry. The project applies a workforce empowerment approach for female workers supporting them in both the workplace and the communities they live in. Marginalized and socially excluded female workers joining into solidarity groups (the OIKKO impact group) will reach and inspire more than 18,000 co-workers and community members. Alongside initiatives with unions' and labor rights organizations' will inform and motivate up to 22,500 workers to associate and link into the grass-roots labor rights movement. The Project is funded by European Union.

Pathways (December 2014 to November 2016): Female farmers are not recognized in the agriculture sector with their earnings negatively influenced by gender based discrimination. The project aims to strengthen the role of women farmers in agriculture by increasing the productive engagement of poor women in climate resilient agriculture; and contribute to their empowerment and resilience. Simultaneously, it aims to enhance the scale of climate-smart agriculture programming in CARE; and contribute to the global discourse that surrounds women, climate change and agriculture. The project is funded by MAC Foundation.

Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E) at Community (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015): The "P.A.C.E. at Community", an innovative project of CARE aims to have positive impact in the lives of marginalized female migrant workers,employed in the formal-informal sectors, in the urban areas. The project focuses on upgrading their literacy and life skills, enabling them to advance in the workplace and in life. With the support gained from this initiative, women will be able to address their issues better; negotiate their needs and demands with various stakeholders; and gain access to knowledge and necessary skills. It will also help them form important relationships for personal advancement and career enhancement. The project is currently reaching out to 600 urban migrant workers living in the Gazipur District. This project is funded by Gap Inc.

Protecting the rights of marginalized and vulnerable women in the sex trade in Bangladesh (SEEMA II): (September, 2014 - February, 2015) CARE has been working in the Tangail brothel since 1995, and has implemented a number of projects aimed at protecting the rights of sex workers and improving their conditions including the most recent EC funded SEEMA Project. As a follow up to that, CARE is carrying out an assessment of the humanitarian needs of the evicted sex workers, create awareness on the conditions and risks faced in the sex trade and carry out advocacy with the government for protecting the human rights of sex workers.

Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production of Jute Diversified Products (SWITCH-Asia) (March 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2016): This project plans to assist approximately 60,000 farmers engaged in jute cultivation and 4 million people engaged in the ancillary jute subsector in Bangladesh. It aims to support a value-chain based market engagement strategy planned to improve productivity and income of poor and marginalized farmers and workers so that they can benefit from increased consumption of jute diversified products in Asia and Europe. SWITCH-Asia is a European Union funded project.

Program Partnership Arrangement (PPA): (July 2014 to March 2016): This project is a strategic funding for research, institutional strengthening and innovation under which CARE Bangladesh has previously carried out critical formative research and analysis in the areas of private sector engagement, governance, climate change and women empowerment. In the current phase, the PPA is supporting contextual research for program development in the southwest and northeast of Bangladesh, financial inclusion of marginalized women, governance and social accountability and pilots in the agro value chain and agro inputs distribution. The Project is funded by DFID.

Social Economic Transformation of the Ultra Poor II (SETU II) (March 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2015): SETU II works to sustainably graduate 45,000 extreme poor households out of poverty. SETU II is facilitating a community-led total development process to empower women and men in extremely poor households. The SETU II approach provides a holistic and sustainable way of working by ensuring the institutionalisation of development processes within and beyond the community. The project is being implemented in 25 Unions of Gaibanda, Rangpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts. SETU II is an EEP/Shiree project, supported by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB).

Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO II) (June 01, 2010 to May 31, 2015): SHOUHARDO II is assisting the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalized households to reduce chronic and transitory food insecurity through increasing and diversifying income opportunities and strengthening institutional linkages. It incorporates risk reduction and encompasses activities including agriculture, health, nutrition, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation, governance and women's empowerment. SHOUHARDO II reaches 370,000 vulnerable households in 172 Union Parishads, 30 Upazila and the 11 districts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Dinajpur in the North Char; Sirajganj, Bogra and Pabna in the Mid Char; Mymensing, Jamalpur and Sunamganj in the Haor and Cox's Bazar in the Coastal region. SHOUHARDO II is funded by USAID, and the Government of Bangladesh.

Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain, Phase II: Building a Hub Model for Pro-Poor Inclusive Dairy Development in Bangladesh (Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2015): This project works with 35,000 smallholder farmers in northwest Bangladesh to double their dairy-related incomes. The project aims to address the major challenges to improving smallholders participation in the value chain, including farmer mobilization and education, access to markets and access to productivity-enhancing inputs in the remote areas. Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Phase II is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project.

Sustainable Access to Land Equality (SALE) (Aug 01, 2013 to Dec 12, 2015): CARE Bangladesh in partnership with Uttaran and MJF is implementing SALE project with an overall objective to strengthen access to land and property rights for all citizens, especially the poorest part of the community in line with the overall Access-to-Land program. The project should play the role of a facilitation to engage NGOs to interact and take the support to ensure transparency and accountability in land administration and management through introduction of digital land management system for updating land records in the targeted areas. The project has been implementing in three Upazilas i.e. Amtoli Upazila of Borguna District, Mohanpur Upazila of Rajshahi District and Sadar Upazila of Jamalpur District. The project is funded by European Commission.

Tipping Point: Innovation and Advocacy in Addressing Underlying Causes of Child Marriage (July 16, 2013 to April 30, 2017): This multi-country project aims to learn about strategies to influence change-makers and root causes (drivers) of early forced marriage. In Bangladesh, CARE works in three sub-districts of remote Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division, Approximately 5,000 marginalized girls and boys are benefitted directly and 150,000 indirectly through peer groups, school management committees, youth "fun centers," campaigns and mediation. The Project is funded by the Kendeda Fund.

The Bangladesh Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) (October 2014 to September 2016): The JNA, which was being used as a rapid information tool in the past, has now started again to provide much needed information on the humanitarian needs during natural disasters. The Project is jointly carried out by HCTT (Humanitarian Coordination Task Team) consisting of international NGOs including CARE, IFRC and UN organizations. This project is to help humanitarian practitioners, government and in-country decision makers to make informed disaster management plans and respond accordingly. The project is funded by DFID and ECHO.

Where The Rain Falls- Community Based Adaptation (WtRF-CBA) project (Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2015): The overall goal of the project is to improve resilience of targeted vulnerable communities, in five villages in Kurigram district, to the impacts of the increasing variability of rainfall patterns by promoting adaptive agricultural practices and sustainable water resource management. The project has been designed based on the findings of "Where the Rainfalls" research project. The project will target 3,500 small farm holders and assist them to efficiently use available water and adopt adaptive agriculture practices. Linkages will be established with key stakeholders from Department of Agriculture Extension, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute and Bangladesh Rural Academy. The project is being funded by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Social Enterprises And Micro-Franchise From Bangladesh

JITA - A CARE Social Business: This is a newly established social enterprise, previously a CARE Bangladesh project called the Rural Sale Program (RSP) that has developed a highly innovative and commercially viable rural/urban distribution network employing marginalized women and creating a sustainable income generating opportunity. JITA also offers its expertise and advice on 'base of the pyramid' (BoP) markets and servicing hard to reach and underserved communities to the private sector, development organizations and academic institutes.

Krishi Utsho Micro-franchise II (Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2015): CARE Bangladesh's Krishi Utsho (Agro-source in English) Micro-franchise is an emerging social enterprise initiative that has established a network of branded rural input supply shops in North-Western Bangladesh to meet the needs of smallholder farmers. Having launched in 2012, Krishi Utsho is experiencing rapid growth and expansion within its micro-franchise business model funded mainly by Finn Brooks Family Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. The model positions CARE to serve as a franchisor supporting micro-franchisees with supply chain facilities, community engagement programs and other business development services.

Living Blue: Established in 2008, NCVI, the producers, workers, and artisans owned social enterprise, is about fair trade where the artisans not only get a fair wage and democratically manage and run their own businesses, but also have total control over profits. The surplus generated by the social enterprise is contributing to the general well-being of local communities and helps to create sustainable social, cultural and economic life. The brand of NCVI - "Living Blue" stands for high quality, hand-made products dyed naturally using revived Bengal indigo, based on optimum technical recall, meant for high end markets. NCVI is presently funded by Eduardo Castro-Wright.

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