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 104 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, inclusion and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in 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.

Country Director’s Bio

Ramesh Singh
Country Director
CARE Bangladesh
Email: Ramesh.Singh@care.org
Phone: +88 02 5505 8377-83

With 25 years of leadership in development and humanitarian sector in Asia and Africa, Ramesh Singh has been working as the CD of CARE Bangladesh with highly relevant experience and skill sets. He has been the Country Director in Mercy Corps for Tajikistan, Mongolia and then Ethiopia. Ramesh’s strengths are in leading high-performing teams, nurturing and supporting national leaderships and co-creating actionable vision and strategy with country teams to deliver transformational changes at scale and depth that we all come together for and aspire to see.
He holds MA and M. Phil. degrees in Political Science and International Relations, and in addition to that he is a Prince2 certified practitioner in Project Management. With his vast experience in market system development, resilience, health and nutrition and emergency response programming, he is progressing forward with the team in CARE Bangladesh.

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.

Current Partners

  • Ashokta Punarbashan Sangstha (APOSH)
  • Barguna Nari Jagaron Karmosucht (JAGO-NARI)
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)
  • Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)
  • Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO)
  • Environment and Population Research Centre (EPRC)
  • Gram Bikash Kendra (GBK)
  • GRAUS (Gram Unnayon Sangathon)
  • Internal National Development Enterprises (iDE)
  • Local Government Engineering Department (LGED)
  • Mahideb Jubo Somaj Kallayan Somity (MJSKS)
  • Mukto Akash Bangladesh (MAB)
  • National Development Programme (NDP)
  • Organization for the Poor Community Advancement (OPCA)
  • People's Oriented Program Implementation (POPI)
  • PLAN International
  • Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES)
  • Save the Children Federation Inc. (SC)
  • SHEVA Nari O Shishu Kallyan Kendra
  • SKS Foundation
  • Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED)
  • Solidarity
  • WARBE Development Foundation (WARBE DF)



  • Aktion Deutschland Hilft
  • Australian High Commission
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • European Commission
  • JICA
  • Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster
  • Assistance (OFDA)/USAID
  • The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-Australia
  • Global Fund
  • International Organization for Migration
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ROC), Taiwan
  • The Disasters Emergency Committee


  • Australian Humanitarian Partnership
  • CARE Canada and HC Appeal Funds
  • Danish Emergency Release Fund
  • Glaxo SmithKline
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Local Governance Initiative and Network
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates
  • START Network
  • Target Enterprise Inc.


  • C&A Foundation
  • Church of Latter-day Saints(LDS)
  • CISCO Foundation
  • Gap Foundation
  • Gates Foundation
  • MAEE – Luxemburg
  • Prince Albert II Foundation
  • Sall Family Foundation

Strategic Partners

  • Ain O Salish Kendra
  • Advanced Chemical Industries Limited (ACI)
  • Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS)
  • Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC)
  • Bangladesh Specialized Hospital Limited
  • Breast Feeding Foundation (BBF)
  • CareNX Innovations Pvt. Ltd
  • Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
  • CodersTrust Bangladesh
  • Community Based Health Care(CBHC) under DGHS
  • Gazipur City Corporation (GCC)
  • German Red Cross
  • Grameenphone
  • icddr,b
  • International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
  • Mayalogy Ltd.
  • Maternal new neonatal Child and Adolescent Health (MNC & AH), DGHS
  • National Girl Child Advocacy Forum
  • Praava Health Bangladesh Ltd
  • Pragati Life Insurance Limited
  • Protiki Jubo Sangshad
  • RD Service Ltd (PULSE Healthcare)
  • SDS (Shariatpur Development Society)
  • The Daily Star
  • Unnayan Shamunnay
  • Robi Axiata Ltd
  • Right to Food
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