Current Projects

HEALTH & NUTRITION

1 COLLECTIVE IMPACT FOR NUTRITION INITIATIVE (CI4N)

The project aims to reduce stunting among children under 2 years of age with the collaboration of Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC), Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and CSA for SUN. The project will also facilitate model Multisectoral approach to establish and functionalize the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) and Upazila Nutrition Coordination Committee (UNCC) to improve nutritional status.

DURATION: June 2018 to December 2020
LOCATION: 11 sub-districts of Sunamganj
PARTICIPANTS: Project Partners include 358 UNCC and DNCC members, 170 organizations from CSA for SUN, other 5 CARE projects, 25 media personnel and other NGOs working with nutrition specific interventions in Sunamg
DONOR: Sall Family Foundation
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 HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM 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
5 INTEGRATED CONTINUUM OF QUALITY OF MATERNAL, NEW-BORN AND CHILD HEALTH CARE (ICQ-MNCHC)

The project will improve the maternal and child health status of women by creating an enabling environment to ensure service seeking, mobilizing collective community actions to support and hold government service providers accountable to increase the provision of quality services.

DURATION: October 2018 to December 2021
LOCATION: 17 sub-districts in Patuakhali and Sirajganj
PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant women, adolescent girls and boys, infants and children under the age of five
DONOR: UNICEF
6 USAID’S STRENGTHENING MULTISECTORAL NUTRITION PROGRAMMING THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE ACTIVITY (MSNP)

The MSNP is an implementation science project to test and refine multisectoral nutrition approaches, interventions and service delivery mechanisms in high stunting areas of Bangladesh. It has a focus on pregnant and lactating women, and children under the age of two primarily from poor and extreme-poor households. The Project goal is nutrition policy making and implementation in Bangladesh is informed by high quality local evidence. The Project will reach the goal by achieving the following Intermediate Results (IRs): IR1) Increased availability of evidence to guide multisectoral nutrition programming implementation, and IR2) Improved capacity to use evidence to inform policy and programmatic decision-making. Project interventions are delivered in various combinations of multisectoral packages that include: homestead food production, conditional cash transfer, social and behavioral change communication, promotion of positive gender norms, and referrals for multisectoral nutrition services. Additionally, the MSNP will focus on strengthening multisectoral platforms at national and sub-national levels to ensure evidence is utilized for nutrition policy and programming. All activities are implemented through a coordinated approach with the Government of Bangladesh and partners: CARE Bangladesh, Partners in Health and Development, Social Marketing Company, Agro-Input Retailers Network and LifeChord Limited.

DURATION: May 2017 to May 2022
LOCATION: 22 sub-districts in Barishal, Pirojpur, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Kushtia and Chuadanga
PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant women, lactating mothers and their under-2 children, and their families from poor and extreme poor households
DONOR: USAID

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROJECT

1 RESPONSE To Natural DISASTER

From January 2016 to December 2017 we reached to more than 10,000 households through our emergency programs to help affected people from flood in Kurigram, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj with cash, shelter & NFI, and food. We partnered with Solidarity in Kurigram, Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO) in Jamalpur,National,Development Programme (NDP) in Sirajganj, Gram Bikas Sangstha in Bogra.

DURATION: January 2016 to December 2017
LOCATION: Kurigram, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Bogra
PARTICIPANTS: Flood affected people
DONOR: Donor- ERF, START Fund, CHAF, UNFPA, DFID, UNOPS.
2 RESPONSE TO REFUGEE CRISIS

CARE Bangladesh is responding to the ongoing Myanmar refugee crisis where over half a million people have already fled to Bangladesh following an escalation of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. CARE Bangladesh has been on the grounds since the beginning of this crisis to provide necessary assistance including distribution of cooked and dry food and non-food items e.g. rice bowl and umbrella. We are also working in other sectors: nutrition support to children, shelter, water and sanitation, primary, sexual and reproductive health and GBV. By end of 2017 CARE has reached out to over 160,000 refugees. In this response we partnered with UNICEF, SAFPAC, IOM, Bangladesh Government, USAID, GSK, DEC, Latter-day Saints Charities (LDS), DFAT, Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), DRA, DERF, GAC, Along with CARE’s own contribution.

DURATION: By end of 2018
LOCATION: Taknuf
PARTICIPANTS: Myanmar refugee
DONOR: UNICEF, SAFPAC, IOM, Bangladesh Government, USAID, GSK, DEC, Latter-day Saints Charities (LDS), DFA

WOMEN AND GIRLS' EMPOWERMENT

1 INSPIRING MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS TO IMAGINE NEW EMPOWERED FUTURES – IMAGINE

The goal of the project is to identify, design, and test interventions that hold promise for delaying the timing of first birth among married adolescents and importantly, document and share learning from this initiative with the wider development community to inform others working to address the issue of adolescent childbearing.

DURATION: November 2016 to March 2022
LOCATION: Kurigram and Rangpur division
PARTICIPANTS: Married adolescent couples, their family members
DONOR: Bill & Melinda Foundation through CARE USA
2 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.
3 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

HUMANITARIAN & RESILIENCE

1 Flood Preparedness Program

FPP has been initiated to reduce flood risks in flood prone areas based on the effectiveness of the Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) model. The objective is to build flood resilient community through enhancing flood preparedness, coping and response capacity of the community for reducing flood risks, losses and damages. This will be done through developing community volunteers for FPP, strengthening flood early warning dissemination at community level and raising community awareness on flood preparedness.

DURATION: January 2020 to December 2020
LOCATION: Kurigram and Jamalpur
PARTICIPANTS: 162,000 individuals
DONOR: National Resilience Programme (NRP), Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bangladesh (GoB)
2 Monsoon Flood Recovery Project

In response to the Monsoon Floods 2019 damage, MFRP will support to reduce food security, restore livelihood, improve community infrastructure and WASH facilitates and foster community resilience. The project aims to support a holistic resilience effort to address the persisting needs and priorities for long-term recovery in socio-economically vulnerable areas.

DURATION: December 2019 to May 2020
LOCATION: Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur
PARTICIPANTS: 10,032 HHs
DONOR: Department for International Development (DFID)
3 Promoting Resilience to Risks of Natural Hazards

PRERONA supports communities to anticipate and be resilient to natural hazards and disasters through physical improvements to Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters (MPCS) which are primary schools that double as cyclone shelters during emergencies. The project aims to ensure that communities have safe, accessible, functional, inclusive and gender responsive shelter and school infrastructure that is adapted to natural hazards and that reduces disaster risk. In addition, through local capacity building, communities will be able to plan better for disasters in order to increase resilience, reduce climate change impact and ensure continuity of education. PRERONA will support Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to maintain facilities that are essential for disaster preparedness of communities in Cox’s Bazar. Through

DURATION: May 2019 to May 2021
LOCATION: Cox’s Bazar
PARTICIPANTS: 80,037 individuals during disasters: 31,850 students in normal period
DONOR: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
4 Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-Based Violence Services in Cox's Bazar

Gender-based violence response and prevention services will be implemented under the coordination of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) and in collaboration with police, health facilities, the legal and justice system, and social services to improve local communities’ access to multi-sectoral GBV response services to create an institutional and community culture where GBV is not accepted or tolerated. The project works to develop institutional and individual capacities, build up coordination among the stakeholders and improve levels of knowledge and awareness about gender based violence for adolescent girls and women in host communities of Cox's Bazar.

DURATION: June 2019 to May 2022
LOCATION: Cox’s Bazar District
PARTICIPANTS: 114,531 women and girls of reproductive age (15-45)
DONOR: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
5 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
6 Supporting Flood Forecast-based Action and Learning in Bangladesh

SUFAL focuses on reducing the vulnerability of flood-affected population of Bangladesh by using forecasts and early warning system to trigger funding and early actions prior to monsoon floods. The anticipatory action will reduce the impact of the flood on the communities, improve the effectiveness of emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts, and reduce the humanitarian burden. By increasing the institutional capacity to take early action to flooding, this program will contribute to improving the Government of Bangladesh's ability to rapidly respond to monsoon floods.

DURATION: August 2019 to January 2021
LOCATION: Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur
PARTICIPANTS: 42,898 individuals; 60 institutions
DONOR: European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

STRENGTHENING HOUSEHOLD ABILITY TO RESPOND TO DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1 SHOUHARDO (Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities) III

CARE Bangladesh’s ‘Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities’ (SHOUHARDO) is one of the largest food security programs in Bangladesh as well as in the world. Following the trail of two successful cycles in the past, SHOUHARDO is now in its third phase of implementation. As an integrated and multi-sectoral program, it acts on ensuring food security, maternal and child nutrition, women and youth empowerment, improved governance and disaster resilience for the poor and the extreme poor households. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a complimentary funding from the Government of Bangladesh. The six implementing partners of SHOUHARDO III are Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Mahideb Jubo Somaj Kallayan Somity (MJSKS), National Development Program (NDP), People’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI) and SKS Foundation.

DURATION: September 2015 to September 2020
LOCATION: In eight districts in Northern Bangladesh where the chars and haors are located including Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Sunamganj, Netrakona, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur and Sirajganj
PARTICIPANTS: 3,84,000 direct program participants who are either poor and extreme poor (PEP) from 1,68,500 households
DONOR: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB)

EXTREME RURAL POVERTY PROGRAM

1 A-CARD SCALING UP INITIATIVE

Partnering with Bank Asia, CARE’s A-card initiative supports agricultural lending to farmers through a formal banking channel so that farmers are able to access the necessary credit to purchase agricultural inputs with minimum costs and flexible payment terms.

DURATION: March 2018 to February 2019
LOCATION: Faridpur & Jashore districts
PARTICIPANTS: 6,000 farmers, 4 Bank Agents, 25 Market Actors, 1 National Bank
DONOR: CARE USA (Scale X design award)
2 JOINT ACTION FOR NUTRITION OUTCOME (JANO)

JANO will replicate proven best practices, and take to scale innovative local governance models for better nutrition outcome. The project will work with the Government of Bangladesh at the regional and local levels, to support the effective implementation of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2 (NPAN-2). JANO will work at District, Upazila and Union levels as well as with multi-sector including public sector, private sector and civil society organizations; building their capacity for better planning, budgeting of nutritional program, and to provide effective oversight in its implementation.

DURATION: September 2018 to August 2023
LOCATION: Rangpur, Nilphamari
PARTICIPANTS: 410,620 people
DONOR: European Commission, co-funded by Australian Development Cooperation
3 MAINSTREAMING SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY - REGIONAL INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOGIN ASIA

CARE Bangladesh is well known for its strong work on Governance and Social Accountability in the Asia Region. CARE Bangladesh has developed well tested models and tools such as Political Economy Analysis, Power and Poverty Analysis, Participatory Budgeting, Citizen’s Participation in Local Governance, Social Contexts and Resource Mapping, Community Score Card, Local Government Self- Assessment and Social Audit. All these models and tools can be replicated in any relevant contexts within the region and around the world and the objective of this brief project was to disseminate the learnings of the tools.

DURATION: June 2018 to September 2018
LOCATION: Rangpur
PARTICIPANTS: Representatives from Civil Society, Government, Think Tank, Network, Academia, Elected Representatives, and NGOs from ten Asian countries
DONOR: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
4 SHOMOSTI: PROSPERITY FOR THE POOR

SHOMOSHTI - Prosperity for the Poor and Disadvantaged is a SDC mandated project implemented by CARE Bangladesh. Shomoshti phase -2 envisions that 180,000 rural households (70% poor, 40% disadvantage, 30% women) will use improved technical services, with intended results in higher yields, better prices and increased income. facilitating technical as well as organizational capacity building of the producers’ groups and mobilize public and privates sector actors for developing pro-poor services for promoting different sub-sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries, home and cottage which are relevant and affordable for the women, poor and disadvantaged. Simultaneously, the project empowers and builds solidary among community people to demand and access in social services to become more resilient to shocks and disasters and seal leakages that drains their income and prosperity. Access to savings systems and financial resources along with other public and privates social services supports community people in retaining their income and assets and push them for sustainable solutions. Shomoshti addresses specific market constraints and creates enabling environment for women, poor and disadvantaged to gain from the existing market system and to have capacity to dialogue with local level institutions to channel services and resources to the community. Shomoshti project impacts on the wellbeing of rural households, particularly the poor and disadvantaged by ensuring higher incomes, better market access, good dietary diversity and more education. Shomoshti ultimately contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 7th Five Year Plan of Government of Bangladesh (GoB).

DURATION: 2016 -2020
LOCATION: Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna
PARTICIPANTS: 180,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries
DONOR: SDC-Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

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: 31 districts in Bangladesh
PARTICIPANTS: 580 Aparajitas (marginalized women)
DONOR: NULL
2 KRISTI UTSHO Phase-III

Krishi Utsho (KU) Microfranchise has established a network of branded rural input supply shops to meet the needs of smallholder farmers. Through operating at the last mile, the network acts as an one stop solution center for over 51,000 smallholder farmers, particularly vulnerable women in Northwest and Southwest of Bangladesh, contributing to their increased productivity and resilience. Apart from the supply chain network KU has initiated non-traditional financing and customer relationship management system for smallholder farmers.

DURATION: November 2015 to December 2019
LOCATION: Bogura, Shatkhira, Jashore, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Kurigram districts
PARTICIPANTS: 51,000 farmers, 230 franchisee, 25 private sector organizations
DONOR: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), CISCO through CARE USA, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Australian High Commission in Dhaka
3 LIVING BLUE

Living Blue produces high-quality, hand-made products dyed naturally using Bengal indigo to retail in high-end markets, under its own label. The surplus generated by the social enterprise contributes to the general well-being of local communities and help to create sustainable social, cultural and economic life. It is owned and managed by the indigo farmers, dyers and artisans.

DURATION: September 2014 to December 2020
LOCATION: Rangpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts
PARTICIPANTS: 1,017 indigo farmers, dyers, indigo processors and artisans
DONOR: Private donor through CARE USA
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