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
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 2012 to October 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 br> LOCATION: Married adolescent couples, their family members
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
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
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
This project aims to reduce the vulnerability and susceptibility of smallholder farmers, especially women, to natural disasters and increase their resilience in the face of climate change.DURATION: December 2014 to May 2017
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
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
SHOUHARDO 3 aims to improve the gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of 549,000 vulnerable, poor and extremely poor people in rural Bangladesh, through a comprehensive development approach.DURATION: September 2015 to September 2020
This multi-country CARE project identifies the root causes of child marriage and mobilizes 90 poor and isolated communities to address them through innovative strategies.DURATION: July 2013 to April 2017
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
This project works to enhance inclusive resilience of the communities most affected by waterlogging in South Western Bangladesh.DURATION: April 2016 to September 2017
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.DURATION: Nov 2015 to Oct 2017
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
CARE's advocacy, with Shonghati Alliance, leads to a High Court ruling that declared brothel eviction a violation of the right to life and ruled that brothel eviction without appropriate rehabilitation illegal. The Sex Workers Network of Bangladesh, a platform of self-help organizations to advocate for sex-worker rights, later evolves as a result of CARE's 2002 HIV-AIDS program. In 2014, our connections to the sex work community help us canvas legal support to re-establish Tangail brothel after another eviction.
CARE introduces the 'Farmer Field School' sustainable agriculture approach to Bangladesh. It moves beyond environmentally friendly farming, to empowerment for poor men and women. The approach is then mainstreamed by the broader development sector. In 2016, training and learning continues to be core to our work improving agriculture extension systems around the country.
CARE introduces community-based climate adaptation to Bangladesh. The Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change project is one of the first examples of this approach in the world. Advocacy from the project resulted in the Government recognizing increased salinity in the south west and delivering fresh drinking water to the region. We continue to work on climate change by researching rainfalls and approaching our programs through a resilience lens.
CARE begins building its innovative private sector engagement program. It promotes inclusive business using sustainable, profitable approaches that include the poor and marginalized - including women - as dignified producers, retailers, employees and consumers. CARE starts developing social enterprises. We work to transform value chains to create income and services for the poor, particularly in the Dairy industry.
After 23 successful years, CARE's Rural Maintenance Program is handed over to the Government for public implementation. It had employed 166,000 extremly poor women to maintain rural dirt roads-a job typically done by men - and built their leadership skills, decision-making capacity and self-reliance. The program continues to challenge traditional gender roles and has left a legacy across the development sector and the country.CARE's new micro-level context analysis model means more effective targeting of extremely poor households. This makes a significant contribution to the development sector as it replaces the blanket approach to responding to poverty, which often meant that the extremely poor were not reached.
Through our successful SHOUHARDO Program, we provide evidence that the low status of women
Is directly linked to poor nutritional and development Out comes such as stunting, wasting and food insecurity. With a focus on improving women's incomes, mobility and decision-making power, the program reduces child stunting by a huge 28% over four years. This shows that women's empowerment is not just a 'nice-to-have', it is essential to make dramatic changes in these indicators.
The Government of Bangladesh signs an agreement with CARE to begin scaling up our Community Support System approach in its community clinics. This proven approach effectively identifies barriers to healthy pregnancy and ways that communities can improve access to health care.
The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 is passed. As part of the Citizens Initiative against Domestic Violence (CIDV), CARE contributes to the enactment of the new law, making a stronger case to act on domestic violence by publishing a study on the national Cost of Violence against Women.
CARE currently coordinates the Secretariat of CIDV, and ensures justice for survivors of domestic violence. Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act remains a central focus of our work.
The Government issues a nation-wide directive to promote better access to public land and water for poor and extremely poor families. This is a direct result of the 'Campaign for Access to Khas Land (common land) and Water Bodies' to which CARE made a committed contribution. CARE's projects continue to ensure these policies are implemented effectively and the transformative benefits are understood.
A new pro-poor and inclusive local governance model from CARE encourages transparent budgeting, accountability and community participation. It is successful in ensuring better social safety net targeting, and other local governments choose to replicate the approach.
CARE Bangladesh plays a leadership role in the humanitarian community from establishing the Network for Information, Response and Preparedness Activities on Disaster (NIRAPAD) in 2008 to recent work in which CARE improves humanitarian response by promoting Joint Needs Assessments (JNAs). The comprehensive JNA approach links international NGOs, the UN and government offices to ensure organized response in emergencies, bringing international best practice to Bangladesh.
Changing Practices of the private sector
CARE's engagement with the private sector leads to a success story with dairy value chain. We worked with major player BRAC, and the industry behavior is now changed through introducing a digital testing at rural collection point. The rural sellers now receive payment based on the fat content of the milk. By 2014, BRAC has fully adopted the practice with no external support and other major players like PRAN have started to emulate