Organizational Profile

 

1. Basic Information

 Detail Name of the Organization  South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh
 Abbreviation  SAP-BD
 Mailing Address of Head Office and Training Center  House # 63, Block-‘Ka’, Mohammadpur Housing, Pisciculture & Farming Cooperative Society Ltd., Shyamoli, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
 Contact Number  Tel: +88 02 58155650, 8142525, Cell: +88 01720200030
 E-mail Address  edsapbd@gmail.com, sapbdesh@gmail.com
 Website  http//www.sapbd.org
 Contact Person of the organization  Md. Delwar Hossain, Executive DirectorTel: +88 02 58155650, 8142525, Cell: +8801720200030

Email: edsapbd@gmail.com, Skype:  delwar1234561

 Chairperson of the National Executive Committee (NEC)  Dr. Nasir Uddin
 Establishment Date  March 29, 1984
 Staff Strength  Total staff: 316, Male: 200, Female: 116, Regular: 168, Contractual: 148
Total Volunteers Total Volunteers: 642, Male: 78, Female: 564
Europe Aid ID number BD-2009-GPW-0802123635

2. Background of South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh is a national level NGO devoted to promote the socio-economic condition of the poorer section of the community in Bangladesh since its inception in 1984.

 

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (SAP-Bangladesh) is one of the key actors in the NGO development efforts in Bangladesh, working for building the capacity of small and mid level NGOs and promote rural development in Bangladesh by implementing the pro-poor projects. It began its operation in Bangladesh in 1984 as a funding agency for local NGOs who were not capable of attracting funding from donors on their own competence. Realizing the fact over the years, SAP-Bangladesh expanded its support to include capacity building in the form of training and other technical supports in order to help these NGOs to meet the needs of the people and operate development programs more efficiently. In the last 33 years, SAP-Bangladesh provided technical and financial support to more than 350 NGOs which have field operation programs in 34 districts in Bangladesh.

 

SAP-Bangladesh implemented different development programs since its inception covering 37 districts such as Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Natore, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Pabna, Rajbari, Jhenaidah, Jessore, Narail, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Shariatpur, Barisal, Khulna, Bagerhat, Perojpur, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Barguna, Sylhet, Brahmanbaria, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Comilla, Noakhali, Rangamati, Chittagong, and Coxsbazar covering all the divisions in Bangladesh.

 

Currently SAP-Bangladesh is implementing a total of 9 projects/programs covering 6 districts such as Bagerhat, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola, Dhaka and Sirajganj through a total of 38 offices including head office and training center, 22 Branch Offices, 9 Project Offices and 6Area Offices in Bangladesh.

 

It has increased its role in promoting discussions & mass awareness of the community and civil society organizations on important issues of development through opinion poll, publications of bulletins, citizen dialogues, lobbying and advocacy in Bangladesh and South Asia.

 

While SAP-Bangladesh has been working in partnership with local NGOs aimed at promoting the socio-economic, socio-political conditions and position of the poor, it has been directly implementing diversified projects at the community level aimed at promoting the socio-economic, socio-political conditions and position of the poorer section of the community. The experiences gained from the directly implemented projects are widely used in partnership projects and the experience gained from the partnership projects are also widely used in the directly implemented projects. The organization is also implementing the disaster preparedness, response, early recovery, rehabilitation, and Disaster Risks Reduction (DRR) Projects in each and every disaster in Bangladesh since its inception.

 

3. Core Values:

1. Beliefs in peoples’ capacity, human dignity, and social justice;
2. Honor cultural, ethnicity, religious, and spiritual diversity;
3. Respect and promote positive relationship across the boundaries;
4. Respect gender sensitivity;
5. Maintain Cost effectiveness;
6. Act with Professionalism;
7. Maintain Transparency and accountability;
8. Practice honesty and integrity;
9. Peoples’ participation.

 

4. Core Competency

1. Dynamic Leadership
2. Professional staff
3. Total Quality Management
4. High Team Spirit
5. Active participation

 

5. Vision of the Organization

SAP-Bangladesh envisions a sustainable, empowered, and pluralistic Bangladesh where human rights are protected, poor lives in dignity, peace, and hope, and where everyone has access to health-care, education, and all necessary public services.

 

6. Mission Statement

SAP-Bangladesh believes in sustainable livelihoods development of the poor that can be achieved through long-term and holistic approaches of program implementations. Poverty reduction process can be enhanced through strengthening the capacity of local government and civil society organizations. SAP-Bangladesh strategically designs integrated programs to address the specific needs of the poor focusing remote, costal, and other disadvantaged areas in Bangladesh taking into account the capabilities of the community people and associated stakeholders. SAP-Bangladesh focuses on the ‘right based’ as well as ‘service oriented’ approaches to development that enhance the ownership and responsibility among the program participants and lead to program sustainability. Organizational changes through new initiatives, innovations, and reviewing the programs are continuous process based on the past learning and upcoming opportunities.

 

7. Goal

Bring about sustainable socio-economic changes in the livelihoods of the disadvantaged group in Bangladesh by strengthening the capacity of community people and empowering the grassroots.

 

8. Objectives

1. Accelerate integrated self-reliant and long-term development programs in Bangladesh;
2. Advocacy towards raising voices of extreme poor, women, children, persons with disability, deprived, and marginalized group of people towards raising voices and establishing human rights;
3. Address the environmental issues in terms of climate change and global worming;
4. Educate and support the disadvantaged people for achieving their social, economic, and political rights;
5. Strengthen institutional capacities of the grassroots’ organizations and facilitate sustainable community development process;
6. Contribute to reducing mortality and morbidity rate and communicable diseases in Bangladesh;
7. Strengthen capacity building process of local NGOs for improvement of their quality and bringing them in the mainstream scenario of development.

 

9. Working Area of SAP-Bangladesh

SAP-Bangladesh as a national NGO has been permitted to work all over Bangladesh for the public causes and interests through registration under NGO Affairs Bureau, Department of Social Welfare, Society Act XX1 of 1860 and Micro-Credit Regulatory Authority, Dhaka. Currently SAP-Bangladesh has a total of 38 offices including head office and training center in Dhaka, 22 Branch Offices, 1 Sub-branch office, 8 project offices and 6 area offices in Bangladesh as follows:

District Name of Upazilas/area # of Unions/area Offices
Dhaka Dhaka City Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Agargoan, Pallobi, Adabar = 5 2 Offices (Head Office cum Training Center, and 1 Micro Finance Branch Office)
Sirajganj Sirajganj Sadar, Belkuchi, Chowhali, Ullapara, Shahjadpur, Rayganj, Kamarkhand 44 Unions 10 Offices (1 Area Office, 7 Micro Finance Branch Offices, 1 Sub-branch Office, 1 Project Office)
Patuakhali Galachipa, Dashmina, Rangabali, and Patuakhali Sadar 45 Unions 17 Offices (2 Area Office Offices, 12 Micro Finance Branch Offices and 3 Project offices)
Barguna Barguna Sadar , and Amtali 18 Unions 4 Offices (1 Area Office and 3 Project Office)
Bhola Bhola Sadar, Borhanuddin and Lalmohan 13 Unions 2 Offices (1 area office and 1 Project Office)
Bagerhat Bagerhat Sadar 9 Unions 3 Offices (1 Area Office and 2 Branch Office)
Total:6 18 134  38

10. Beneficiaries/Clients

Disadvantaged people in the country who are denied of their basic rights in Char, hilly and other plain areas, are the target beneficiaries of SAP- Bangladesh. Landless laborers, destitute women, small farmers, other professionals like weavers, black smiths, fishermen, rickshaw pullers, van pullers and small traders are also the target beneficiaries of SAP-Bangladesh. At present, SAP-Bangladesh is working directly with 225,501 people and indirectly with 766,620 people in Bangladesh.

 

11. Partnership, Participation and Equity

SAP-Bangladesh ensures that the extreme poor women and men in the community where it has programs are mobilized to actively engage in the process of community led development, defined by self determined needs and priorities.

 

The Union Parishads are supported to develop improved capacity, downwards accountability and responsiveness for engaging with, and meeting the development needs of the less fortunate in the community. SAP-Bangladesh has developed a number of instruments to effectively advance and empower women to participate in politics and the fight on Violence Against Women. There have been a great awareness and advocacy programs by SAP-Bangladesh, and a contribution to promoting women’s inclusion at the decision-making level in government so that women can make a significant difference to their quality of life.

 

12. SAP-Bangladesh Programs

12.1 Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Early Recovery, Rehabilitation, Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

As already mentioned, the organization is implementing its projects/ programs in the cyclone and flood prone areas of Bangladesh, it is implementing Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Early Recovery, Rehabilitation, Climate Change Adaptation and DRR activities through most of its projects/ programs in its operational area. In times of emergencies especially during disasters when people are vulnerable, SAP-Bangladesh provides relief and rehabilitation services to those rural and coastal communities where SAP-Bangladesh has a strong presence and a fully developed local partnership network in Jamalpur, Sirajgonj, Gaibandha, Madaripur, Patuakhali, and Barguna Districts. The organization is also implementing disaster preparedness and DRR activities throughout the year in its operational area.

12.2 Formal & Non-Formal Education

The community programs are usually integrated and involve sector in formal and non formal education which has benefited so many beneficiaries taking part in the educational programs. SAP-BD has non formal schools in various villages that have such projects. The projects have created a friendly learning environment in the schools with a homely atmosphere. Many poor girls and boys passing though this program are educated through the efforts the organization has made by fighting poverty through education. At the same time, education is a cross cutting issue of SAP-Bangladesh comprising with all the projects and programs.

 

12.3 Agriculture

SAP-Bangladesh has taken many initiatives on promoting regenerative agriculture, especially, house hold agricultural production; participatory planning & development of peoples organizations; study & research; monitoring & evaluation; promoting rights approach to development; networking, lobbying & advocacy etc. in its different projects areas since the inception though providing necessary inputs including seeds, sprinkler, compost fertilizer, initialization of technology, etc.

 

12.4 Human Rights

SAP-Bangladesh is active in promoting mass awareness and initiating forums, policy dialogues, research and publication, and training human rights issues at the local, national and regional level. The programs that are implemented to promote good governance, local governance and human rights are: South Asia Regional Initiative/Equity Support Program (SARI/Equity), Capacity Building for Gender Advocacy, Broad Based Coalition and Advocacy for Human Rights, Protecting Women Rights through Strengthening Local Government, etc.

 

12.5 Empowering Women and Gender Development

Women are exploited both socially and economically as they encounter all misgivings in the society, they are also biologically exploited. SAP-Bangladesh has advocacy and awareness programs that want all women to be democratic, and be part of the decision making process by advocating on issues that affect women. The organization wants a democratic, equitable, capable and poverty free women empowered society in Bangladesh and in the whole Asia region.

 

Gender development is incorporated into the Micro-Finance program, empowerment of women and adolescent girl’s project, violence against women in politics projects of SAP-Bangladesh.

 

12.6 Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH Plus)

SAP-Bangladesh implements its major development programs in the cyclone and flood prone areas of Bangladesh where Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are integrated as one of the major sectors. Due to lack of safe water, sanitation & hygiene facilities and practices, the people of the targeted areas always suffer from all types of water bond diseases like diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery, skin diseases etc. and in these causes, they lose money and man days. To address these problems, SAP-Bangladesh undertakes various activities in the operational area for improving facilities of safe water, sanitation and hygiene and improving the practices of the people such as Awareness on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene practices, Installation of Water Sealed Latrine, Tube-Well Installation and Platform Construction, PUR Materials Distribution etc.

 

12.7 Income Generating Activities (IGAs)

To increase food availability and purchasing power at homestead level, SAP-Bangladesh has been implementing different Income Generating Activities through forming Village Model Farm (VMF), establishing household garden, forming Ultra Poor (UP) Group in the project areas, cash for work activities, group marketing activities, etc.

 

12.8 Child Protection & Development

Children of disaster prone areas distorts to a great extent during the natural disasters. This critical issue in terms of future cohort carefully observes by SAP-Bangladesh and initiates child centers in prior spots. At the same time, child protection and their development are cross cutting themes that SAP-Bangladesh incorporated into all of its programs.

 

12.9 Preventing Violence Against Women in Politics

In the South Asian region, women are holding key political positions, ranging from heads of state to key ministerial positions yet participation in political governance is still slow. Women are not recognized nor valued or given the required support, due to discrimination in the political culture of society in this region.

 

SAP-Bangladesh works at supporting the quest for women’s rights, and the vital role of women to receive greater training in the development of leadership skills. On the advocacy awareness program, the organization ensures that measures are necessary to ensure women’s participation in politics including lobbying for affirmative policies such as quotas.

 

The tradition of using violence to resolve issues is perceived as one of the key obstacles to women’s peace and security in the region. Instilling fear in women so as not to participate in the political process, has been an impediment to women taking full part in the democratic process.

 

SAP-Bangladesh advocates for women’s voices to be heard and wants concrete action to be taken that ensure women’s inclusion at the decision making level, in formal peace processes as this would make a significant difference to the quality of the life of the women.

 

12.10 Sustainable Livelihoods

SAP-Bangladesh Sustainable Livelihood programs aims at improving the availability and the economic access to food for the poor people through strengthening livelihoods, securing entitlements, and enhancing accountability to service providers. The main goal is to ensure that people are free from poverty and deprivation, living with dignity, and enjoying the peace and social justice.

 

12.11 Good Governance

SAP-Bangladesh is a Rights-Based organization that works to increase community participation in decision making by making communities more capable of identifying, communicating and demanding their rights through local government process and increasing the capacity of Union Parishads to manage basic service delivery in a more participatory, gender sensitive and accountable way and to promote community priorities to a higher-level decision makers.

 

12.12 Health and Nutrition

Health and Nutrition is the integral part of many projects/programs of SAP-Bangladesh. Malnutrition is a visual problem in the poor families in the target areas of SAP-Bangladesh. Especially, the pregnant and lactating women and children are the sufferer of malnutrition. SAP-Bangladesh is addressing this problem by implementing different food security programs in its working areas where the organization is implementing different activities such as awareness raising, improving practices of nutritional wellbeing, and distribution of rations to address the food crisis and malnutrition of the pregnant and lactating women and children of the poor and ultra poor families.

 

12.13 Institutional Capacity Building

The Institutional Capacity Building for Small Local NGOs started since the inception of SAP-Bangladesh. To enhance the knowledge and skills of small and local NGOs in Small Credit Management, Accounts Management, Gender Sensitivity, Advocacy and Human Rights, Project Design & Proposal Writing are the main objective of the program. .

 

12.14 Gender Rights and HIV/AIDS Awareness

Gender rights and HIV/AIDS are cross cutting themes that SAP-Bangladesh incorporates into all its programs, and supports a national process for formulating and implementing effective poverty focused development strategy. This is evident, as SAP-Bangladesh has been leading in policy dialogue on strengthening the poverty reduction strategy, in many parts of the country programs

 

12.15 Micro Finance

SAP-Bangladesh works at helping to eradicate extreme poverty in the remote and rural coastal areas by helping the disenfranchised people ,particularly women, empowering them to become economically self reliant by providing them with the necessary credit funds to establish their own business.

 

The role of Micro-Finance in the organization has been addressing the income poverty, through empowerment of the poor, this program has been expanded to other pars of the country. Since the start up of this program SAP-Bangladesh has seen the program strengthened and running smoothly with a goal of seeing it to greater sustainability in the future.

 

12.16 Training and Facilities Program

SAP-Bangladesh has its own training facility as well as a boarding house for accommodating the participants on training, if they need the said boarding facilities. The trainings outlined offer various courses which are run by experts on the courses offered. The capacity building training has seen the organization being in the forefront in strengthening institution through capacity building in the eradication of poverty.

 

SAP-Bangladesh has many fully developed training programs that can be taught by SAP-Bangladesh trainers. Programs currently available are: Good Governance, Human Rights, Women and Child Rights, Gender Equality, Small Arms, Training of Trainers – Basics, Training of Trainers on Advocacy, Organizational Management, etc.

 

12.17 SAP-Bangladesh Partnership Network in Bangladesh

SAP-Bangladesh has developed partnerships and a network of CBOs, Civil Society groups, individual activities and locally elected government representatives, located throughout the country, to help it implement complex, integrated community-based programs as well as to deliver regional and national advocacy campaigns. SAP-Bangladesh takes a leadership role in many advocacy initiatives in the struggle to correct injustices perpetrated against women, children, the poor and the most vulnerable groups.

 

SAP-Bangladesh is also an active network member of CAMPE, CDF, CUP, VHSS, BSAF, ANCVAW, IANSA, SASA-Net, HD-Net, SPED, NFASA, INAFI and Kannya Shisu Advocacy Forum, etc.

 

12.18 Peace and Security

The illegal use and trade of small arms and light weapons throughout the world is increasing at an alarming rate. The United Nations is addressing this situation and is seeking input from individual countries to help it draft new legislation to combat it. SAP-Bangladesh and member civil society organizations are developing recommendations to combat the proliferation of illegal arms seals in Bangladesh for the UN and making all sectors of Bangladeshi society aware of the problem and its implications to them through holding illegal small arms and light weapon workshops, seminars, dialogues, press briefings and rallies.

 

12.19 SAP Regional Network

SAP-Bangladesh is one of five regional partners in the South Asia partnership (SAP) Network: Other members are SAP-Nepal, SAP-SriLanka, SAP-Pakistan and SAP-Canada.

 

The group’s objective is to influence the governments of the five countries in developing and reforming policies that affect the South Asian region, by developing collective positions representing the wishes of the people of South Asia.

 

12.20 National Forum for Peace and Security (NFPS)

SAP-Bangladesh feels that, to enhance human security and strengthen civil society by reducing the threat to life posed by the easy availability and wide spread misuse of small arms should be the concern of the all citizen’s in view that uncontrolled arms flow facilitates conflict and undermine peace efforts and development. From this feeling SAP-Bangladesh initiated a forum namely National Forum Against Small Arms (NFASA) for the prevention of illegal use and trade of SALW. NFASA consists of different type of professionals i.e. very prominent peace activists, defense and security analyst, human rights activists, academician, ex police personnel etc.

 

12.21 People’s Summit

SAP-International and its member national SAP’ in Bangladesh and other countries have been promoting strong regional ties, interactions and people to people exchange. These activities have yield results in bringing people to the forefront of policy formulation and pro-people policies and development actions. During the years, the SAP systems has played effective role in:
• Promoting people to people dialogues, interactions, exchange an linkages in South Asia
• Building linkages among various civil society actors of the South Asia
• Advocating on behalf of marginalized peoples with national governments and regional forums such as SAARC and other bodies
• Developing alternative South Asian people’s agenda and role of civil society organizations in making South Asia a cohesive and peaceful region
• Experimenting and strengthening people-based development models.

 

13. SAP-Bangladesh Management

Executive Team:

SAP-Bangladesh team is lead by the Executive Director with a team of 9 professional and experienced staff, who work collectively to plan on scheduled implementation and management activities. The Executive Director of SAP-Bangladesh is responsible for implementing the strategic decisions and policies that has been decided by the Board of Directors.

 

Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors consists of 9 (nine) members. The affairs of the organization shall be managed by the Board of Directors, which shall have the responsibility to determine the direction and scope of the activities of the organization as well as to approve the appointment of the Executive Director. It shall also have the responsibility to approve projects. The Board of Directors shall exercise financial control of the organization.

 

14. Legal Status of the Organization:

The organization is registered and affiliated with the following government agencies and South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh is a non-government national NGO registered under NGO Affairs Bureau and Society Act as follows. It has been permitted to work all over Bangladesh for the public causes and interests.

 

Registering Authority Registration Number Registration Date
NGO Affairs Bureau 156 29. 03.1984
Societies Act. XX1 of 1860 S-3177(142)/2003 03.06.2003
Micro-Credit Regulatory Authority, Dhaka 00452-03124-00302 20.07.2008
Micro-Credit Regulatory Authority, Dhaka 00452-03124-00302 20.07.2008
National Board of Revenue (NBR) TIN # 331033761232/circle-101 (Companies, Dhaka) 04.02.2014
VAT Registering Authority, Mohammadpur, Dhaka 17081033164 07.07.2014
EuropeAid ID (PADOR Registration) BD-2009-GPW-0802123635 20.11.2014
ECAS (European Commission Authenticate Service) PIC –  935879572 26.09.2014

 

15. Board of Directors of SAP-Bangladesh:

 

SN Name Designation Occupation Present Address Educational Qualification
1 Dr. Nasir Uddin Chairperson NGO Work Country Repesentative, Project Hope, A4, La Cassandra, 44 Ramkrishna Mission Road, Dhaka -1203 MBBS
2 Dr. Nazmunnesa Mahtab Vice-Chairperson Teaching Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 PhD in Public Administration
3 Mr. Abdul Karim Treasurer Social Work Secretary (Retired), Govt. of Bangladesh, House No.29/1(Shapna Neer)

Road No. 8, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1205

M.A., Economics
4 Mr. Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury Member NGO Work Founder Trustee, Impact Foundation Bangladesh

22/2, Babor Road, Block-B, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207

M.A.
5 Ms. Sheepa Hafiza Member Social Work Dream, Apartment # 104, House-72, Road-18, Block-A, Banani, Dhaka-1213 Masters in Public Administration, DU and Masters in International and Intercultural Management,  SIT, Vermont, USA
6 Mr. Muhammed Kamal Uddin Member NGO Work Coordinator, ARBAN

House-6/2 (2nd Floor), Block-B, Lalmatia, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207

M.A.
7 Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury Member NGO Work Executive Director, UDDIPAN, 9-10 Jana Cooperative housing Society, Adabor, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207 M.A.
8 Prof. Dr. Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah Member Teaching Pro-Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Unioversity of Professionals (BUP), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka-1216 Post Doctoral in Dev. Studies, University of Bath, UK, and PhD in Dev. Administration, University of Burminghum, UK
9 Mr. Abdul Majid Mallik Member Social Work House-155/3, Central Bashabo, Dhaka-1214 Masters in Commerce

 

 

16. List of Senior Management

 

Name Designation Education Experience
Md. Delwar Hossain Executive Director Masters of Social Science (MSS) in Social Welfare, and Diploma in Civil Engineering 33 Years
Mohammed Hossain Director-Program MA, BED (CU), MIIM (USA), PGD in NLM (USA) 30 Years
Kazi Md. Abdur Rahim Joint Director M.Com (Management) 20 Years
Mohammad Nur-e-Alam Deputy Director-Finance & Accounts M.Com, MBA, CA (CC), ITP 17 Years
A. K. M. Reazuddin Assistant Director-HR, Trg. & Admin M.Com (Management) 21 Years
Muhammad Kairul Islam Manager-Audit M.Com (Management) 17 Years
Md. Nurul Islam Manager-Monitoring M.Sc. (AG) 25 Years
Nishat Anjum Lisa Assistant Manager-HR & Training MBA 3.5   Years

 

 

17. Running projects/ programs of SAP-Bangladesh:

SN Project title and client Goal and activities Working Area Period Order value in BDT
1 Title: Micro Finance Program

Client: PKSF, Anukul Foundation and Self Fund

Goal: Poverty alleviation and ensure socio economic development of disadvantages     people especially women.

 

Activities: Poverty alleviation and ensure socio economic development of disadvantages     people especially women, provide better financial services for the poor, provide Micro-credit support to beneficiaries for self-employment and enterprise development, promote community organizations of poor women for self-help and sustainable development, eliminate poverty among hardcore poor and poor people once and forever, develop social awareness & leadership among beneficiaries through weekly meeting, and Develop and adopt a savings utilization policy ensuring maximum benefit of the target   beneficiaries.

 

Galachipa, Dashmina, Patuakhali Sadar, and Rangabali Upazilas of Potuakhali      district, Amtali Upazila of Barguna District, Bagherhat Sadar and Fakirhat Upazilas of Bagherhat district, Sirajgonj Sadar, Sirajganj Sadar, Belkuchi, Ullapara, Shajadpur, Kamarkhand, Rayganj and Chouhali Upazilas of Sirajgonj  district, Mohammadpur, Adabar, Kafrul, Pallabi, Mirpur and Agargaon of Dhaka City

 

February 01, 1987 and ongoing 281,208,557
2 Title: Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capability of Poor Household Towards Elimination of their poverty (ENRICH)  Project

Client: PKSF

Goal: To ensure human dignity and freedom by gradually reducing poverty in a sustainable manner and best possible utilization of available resources and capabilities of the poor.

 

Activities: Health care through static clinic,   satellite clinic and health camp, participation in NID, education by establishing education centre (EC), distribution of school materials, livelihoods development, Water & Sanitation, bandhu chula, and gender and human rights.

Panpotti Union of Galachipa Upazila under Patuakhali District. July 03, 2010 and  on going 12,776,082
3 Title: Socio Economic Uplifting of the Poor People (SEUPP) Project

Client: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA), Canada

Goal: Socio economic uplifting of the poor people by undertaking IGAs through micro finance support.

 

Activities: Microfinance support to the poor people, capacity building of the poor people for undertaking and managing IGAs, and upgrading quality of livelihoods of the poor people.

5 Unions of Ullapara and 6 Unions of Shahjadpur Upazilas of Sirajganj District July 01, 2013 and ongoing 8,361,294
4 Title: Community Led Health Project,Phase-II (CLHP, Phase-II)

Client: Hope InternationalDevelopment Agency (HIDA)

Goal: Attaining improved and effective Community–led health services targeting to the poor women and children and adolescent in Galachipa Sadar Union of Galachipa Upazila, Charmontaj & Rangabali Unions of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali district.

 

Activities: Preventative and curative health care;

and Capacity Building of staff, Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Birth Attendants (CBAs)

Charnantaz and  Rangabali Unions of Rangabali Upazila and Galacipa Union of Galachipa Upazila under Patuakhali District March 01, 2015  to February 28, 2018 12,029,872
5 Title: Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers Through Beef & Dairy Value Chain Enterprises (ESL) Project.

Client: Heifer International Bangladesh

Goal: Ensuring sustainable livelihoods of smallholder  farmers  through  beef and dairy value chain enterprises

 

Activities: Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening, and Sustainable Production and Marketing System.

Bhangabari Union under Belkuchi Upazila of Sirajganj District August 12, 2014  to June 30, 2018 45,042,485
6 Title: Creating an enabling environment for young people to claim and access their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Goal: To improve sexual and reproductive health status of all young people specially those who are marginalized and comes from hard to reach areas  through ensuring universal access to SRH services and information.

Activities: Awareness of Adolescents on sexual and reproductive health and services available, and much awareness through different activities such as Theater for Development (TfD), BCC Sessions,  gender and women empowerment, School Teachers Training, learning sharing through Peer Educators (PEs) and Co Peer Educators (CPEs), training to the for Pes and CPEs on Basic, Leadership and Life Skills Training, Folk song on SRH and social issues, Develop Loko Betar Program and Broadcasting, Video Show at the community level on SRH and social issues, Develop IEC  materials, formation/reformation of youth clubs and training on Youth Friendly Health Service with Govt and NGO staff, orientation for new couples, advocacy meeting with media people, quarterly coordination meeting with local GoB officials,  Health Fairs at Union level, National and International Day Observation.

10 Uniuons Barguna Sadar and 7 Unions Amtali Upazilas of Barguna District January 01, 2015 to June 30, 2019

 

131,448,742
7 Title: Transformation of Extreme Poor (TEP) Project

 

Client: HOPE International Development Agency (HIDA), Canada

 

Goal: Reduction of extreme poverty and promote sustainable livelihood and ensure food security through empowerment of Extreme Poor (EP) in the targeted area.

 

Activities: Training and Capacity Building for BHHs, Weekly Cash Transfers Subsistence to BHHs, and Transfer of Productive Assets to BHHs

Charmontaj Union under Rangabali Upazila of Patuakhali District March 01, 2015 to February 28, 2018 17,674,516
8 Title: Quality Inclusive Education and Skill Development Program in Barguna

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Quality inclusive education to the poor and disadvantaged children through skill development of the teachers.

 

8 Unions under Barguna Sadar Upazila of Barguna District and 3 Unions of Bhola Sadar Upazila July 2016 to June 2017 4,211,025
9 Title: Quality Inclusive Education Program in Bhola Sadar

Upazila

Client:Plan International Bangladesh

Ensure quality inclusive education to the poor and vulnerable children 5 Unions of Bhola Sadar Upazila July 2016 to June 2017 1,901,951

 

10 Child Rights & Protection Project Children are better protected from all forms of violence including child marriage through effective community based child protection mechanisms. 6 Unions under Bhola Sadar Upazila of Bhola District September 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018 2,688,275
11 Community Led Strengthening Health Services Project 570,000 children, young people and mothers including the most vulnerable, benefit from access to appropriate quality health services to strengthening govt. health system and comprehensive child upbringing and sexuality education in the districts. 7 Unions under Bhola Sadar Upazila of Bhola District September 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018 1,654,005
12 Enhancing Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA) To improve capacity of local and national humanitarian actors of Barguna by the year 2018 Barguna Sadar Upazila of Barguna District May 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017 302,017
  Total      519,298,821

 

 

18. Major projects/ programs closed so far:

 

Project title and client Focus / scope of tasks Region Period Order value in BDT
Title: Development Program for Disadvantaged Poor (DPDP) project (LRP-32) in Sirajganj District

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Goal: To bring the disadvantaged peoples out of the poverty clutches through promoting quality education and ensuring their access to government services entitlement & other local resources and creating risk friendly environment.

 

Activities: Strengthening SMC-PTA Forum, Developing people’s Plan of Action, Community Audit of Education Intervention, Mainstreaming good Practices, Access of Children with disability in the formal primary schools, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education, Corporate Social Responsibilities, Initiative on Functional and responsive URC, Monitoring Birth Registration, Reflect Circle,

Promoting Rights in School, Education Financing, Sensitizing Children on HIV/AIDS, Advocacy on Sustainability of Local Loom, Women’s Right & Gender equality, Fundraising Cost (Sponsorship)

2 Unions under Sirajganj Sadar and  2 Unions under Chowhali Upazilas of Sirajganj District July 01, 2006 to December 31, 2016 46,382,715
Title: Promoting Rights for Char Dwellers (PRCD) Project (LRP-40)

Client: ActionAid, Bangladesh

Goal: Promoting sustainable development and enhancing disaster resilience for the poor and marginalized Char communities through realization of rights.

 

Activities: Education Service, Child Centre Child rights promotion and resource center, Promoting Rights in School, Education Financing, Promote risks resilient schools, Strengthening SMC/PTA Forum, Promotion of Inclusive education (Children with special need), Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, and Strengthening people’s agency and social movements for democratic governance.

Char Kajol and Char Biswas Unions of Galachipa Upazila under Patuakhali District January 01, 2011 to December 31, 2020 28,650,411
Title: Child Centered Recovery and Resiliency (C2R2) Project

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Goal: To contribute to the reduction of the vulnerabilities of school going boys and girls in high risk cyclone prone communities of Naltona Union under Barguna Sadar Upazila, Barguna district.

 

Activities: Safety assessment, school based DRR, small scale mitigation activities, ensure accessibility of children and PWDs, ensure disaster resilient WASH facilities, and ensure child led climate smart adaptation measures in the schools (i.e. tree plantation, solar panels, school gardens, etc.).

Naltona Union of Barguna Sadar Upazila under Barguna District December 08, 2014 to November 2016 29,007,427
Title: Bangladesh Flood Disaster Project

Donor: Heifer International Bangladesh

  Belkuchi Upazila of Sirajganj District September 15, 2016 to December 31, 2016 1,310,950
Title: Enhancing inclusive disaster resilience in Bangladesh (DIPECHO-VIII) Project

 

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Goal: To enhance the resilience of most at risk groups to the recurring and escalating disaster risks by advancing the DRR institutionalization process in Bangladesh.

 

Activities: Promote inclusive DRR approach in schools through implementation of School Based Disaster Preparedness (SBDP) institutionalisation model, support to facilitate in developing school based DRR plan and risk assessment (Co financing activity), Support to education department for incorporating school based RRAPs in community RRAPs to reduction of Disaster risk as whole, raise awareness and promoting contingency plan preparation at Schools

10 Unions and 1 Municipality of Barguna Sadar Upazila of Barguna District June 01, 2015 to October 31, 2016 5,270,130
Title: Emergency Response to Cyclone Roanu Affected Communities in  Borhanuddin and Lalmohan Upazilas of Bhola District

Donor: Plan International Bangladesh

Goal: Reduced vulnerability of crisis-affected people, especially women and children

Activities: Disinfect cyclone affected tube wells and test water quality, repair of cyclone affected tube wells and household latrines, distribution of hygiene kits to affected families and hygiene education through community mobilization.

Borhanuddin and Lalmohan Upazilas of Bhola District June 01, 2016 to September 30, 2016

 

17,382,345
Title: Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-Poor (SETU-II) Project

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

 

 

 

Goal: Government of Bangladesh MDG targets 1 and 2[1]on income poverty reduction and hunger achieved by 2015.

Activities:

Integrated development activities such as livelihoods, community development, employment generation, access to resources etc.

 

Betkapa, Monohorpur and Kishoregari Unions of Palashbari Upazila under Gaibandha District.

 

January 01, 2012  to August 16, 2016 60,326,319
Title:Addressing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Southwestern Bangladesh (WASHplus) Project

Client: WaterAid Bangladesh

Goal: Contribute to the improvement of human well-being and dignity through scalable water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion in Galachipa upazilla of Patuakhally District of South-Western Bangladesh.

 

Activities: Water supply, Sanitation and Hand washing, Raise awareness and building capacity of communities and local partners, Strengthen Capacity of Local Government, Advocacy, and Strengthen the evidence base and programming guidance for essentials nutrition action.

4 Unions of Galachipa Upazila under Patuakhali District. April 15, 2013 to March 31, 2016 44,728,333
Title: Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation: Build safe Resilient Community Project (DPM: BSRC)

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Goal:Build safe and resilient communities in which children and young people contribute to managing and reducing the disaster risks associated with changes in the climate.

 

Activities: Increase the awareness and capacity of children, youth and communities on disaster risk and climate changes, so that they can facilitate the child centred DRR & CCA process; Develop and implement locally appropriate climate smart solutions on disaster preparedness and risk reduction; Advocate for the inclusion of good practices and learning from the program approach in local, district and/or national government and regional processes; Child Centered Climate Change Adaptation 4CA, and School Safety Plan.

 

10 union and one Municipality of Barguna Sadar Upzila under Barguna District

 

January 01, 2013 to December 31, 2015 14,667,803
Title: Participatory Learning Improvement Project (PLIP)

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

 

 

 

Goal: Improve the quality of education in 10 SIP model schools through facilitating effective teaching-learning process, improving school and home environment, effective school management and increasing parental, community and local government involvement.

 

Activities: Micro-planning at SIP schools, Teachers Training, Para-Teachers Training, Monthly learner assessment, practice of school health cards and using health materials like jug, mug etc., community conduct monitoring, Progress Review Workshop with Education Department/SMC/Teachers, Metric Mela at Schools.

7 unions of  Barguna Sadar Upzila of Barguna District July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2015 17,967,369
Title: Community Led Health Project (CLHP-I)

Client: Hope InternationalDevelopment Agency (HIDA)

Goal:Attaining improved and effective Community–led health services targeting poor women and children and adolescent in Galachipa Sadar Union of Galachipa Upazila, Charmontaj & Rangabali Unions of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali district.

 

Activities: Preventative and curative health care;

and Capacity Building of staff, Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Birth Attendants (CBAs)

Charnantaz, Rangabali and Galacipa Unions of Galachipa Upazila under Patuakhali District March 01, 2012 to February 28, 2015 47,565,000
Project Title: Nobo Jibon

Client: Save the Children Bangladesh

 

Goal: To reduce food insecurity and vulnerability for 191,000 households in nine Upazilas of Barisal division in southern Bangladesh over five years

 

Activities: Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN); Market-based Production and Income Generation; Disaster Risk Reduction

(DRR).

Galachipa and Rangabali Upazilas of Patuakhali District, and Barguna Sadar and Patharghata Upazilas of Barguna District October 07, 2010 to February 28,2015 271,061,799
Title: Adolescent Sexual Reproductive & Health Rights Project (ASRHRP)

Client: Plan-Bangladesh

–          Adolescent group formation

–          Behavior change communication session

–          Adolescent support group formation and meeting

–          Advocacy at local level

–          Life skill training

–          Day observance

Barguna (6 Unions and Pourashava Sadar Upazila) 2012-2013 27,600,390
Title: Education & Health Program for Disadvantage Children in Bangladesh

Client: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA), Canada

General education to improve the quality

of life of disadvantage children

Jessore (Pourashava) 2013-2014 975,000
Title:  To Enable Tropical Storm Mahasen affected households to reduce food insecurity and restore livelihoods

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

 

Cash for Work, Cash for Livelihoods and Training, and Vegetable seeds distribution Barguna Sadar Upazila of Barguna District September 15, 2013 to March 14, 2014 37,204,492
Title: Education Focused Recovery Project

Client: Plan International Bangladesh

Construction of Cyclone Mahasen Affected School Building (Chalitatali High School in Barguna Sadar Upazila Barguna Sadar Upazila of Barguna District July-November 2013

 

2,273,371
Title: Emergency Response to Rebuilding Damaged Houses of Sponsor Children’s Family due to Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Rebuilding of 58 Damaged Houses of Sponsor Children’s Family Charbiswas and Charkajal Unions of Galachipa Upazila May 27 to August 07, 2013 2,118,274
Title: Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in disaster prone area

Client: Plan-Bangladesh

Parenting, child organization development, pre-schooling, and local authority development Barguna Sadar Upazila and Pourashava 2010-2012 63,534,657
Title: Protecting Human Rights Program (PHRP)

Client: Plan-Bangladesh

–          Advocacy meeting at different level

–          Day observance

–          Legal and financial support to the victims of violence

–          Skill training to the survivors of violence

5 unions of Barguna Sadar Upazila 2012-2014 1,795,172
Title: Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-poor (SETU-I) Project

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

 

Goal: Over 1000000 people in rural and urban areas have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty by 2015

Activities: Integrated development activities such as livelihoods, community development, employment generation, access to resources etc.

 

Betkapa, Monohorpur and Kishoregari Unions of Polashbari Upazila under Gaibandha District March 01, 2009 to February 28, 2012 31,762,929
Title: Building pro-poor, Inclusive and Gender Sensitive Local Governance (EU Local Governance) project in Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat Districts

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

Facilitation UP self-assessment, mapping of local level civil society, coordination and linkage workshop, promotion of joint learning, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat Districts 2009-2012 18,822,739
Title: A Disaster Resilient Future: Mobilizing Communities and Institutions for Effective Risk Reduction (CCDRR) Project

Client: Plan-Bangladesh

– Community mobilization and awareness raising

– Standardization existing tool kits and training tools

– Capacity building of DMC, SMC, CBO

– Facilitation of Risk Assessment Process.

Barguna Sadar Upazila 2011-2012 15,739,276
Title: Remote Island Development Project (RIDP).

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Quality education, livelihoods security and risk reduction, women’s rights and gender equality, sponsorship communication, Patuakhali 1988-2010 35,044,790
Title: Participatory Actions towards Resilient School & Education System (PARSES-II) Project

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Make safer schools, participatory vulnerability analysis, schools based action plan on disaster risk reduction, etc Patuakhali

(Galachipa and Dasmina Upazilas)

2011-2012 3,522,180
Title: Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (EAG) project.

Client: Leger Foundation

Assess the situation/existing condition of adolescent girls and their   involvement on agriculture, education and primary health care, assess the local service providers service quality on health, education and agriculture Rajshahi, Pabna, Joypurhat and Dinajpur 2011-2012 8,155,069
Project Title: Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) Project

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

– Increase understanding of gender norms, practices and behavior regarding marriage that contributes to VAW.

– Tools determining social and economic cost of VAW developed tested and disseminated.

– Behavior change communication campaign preventing VAW developed and implemented.

– Social and economic cost of VAW influence: national budget, PRSP and implementation of proposed domestic violence bill.

Sirajganj, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Patuakhali and Dhaka February – August 2011 518,800
Title: Engendering Democratic Governance (EDG) Project

Client: SAP-International

Monitor, assess and analyze the violence against women in politics, barriers of women’s participation in politics, lobby and advocacy with the government agencies and political parties in eliminating the violence against women. Dhaka, Rajshahi, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Patuakhali. 2009-2011 4,550,000
Title: Prantic Manusher Sanghati (PMS) Project

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

–          Formation of self help group

–          UP committee for advocacy with local administration

–          Meeting of self help groups

–          Training to the UP committee and self help group

–          Gono Gobeshona Group formation

–          Research on social safety-net program

–          Day observance

–          Campaign and lobbying

Charkajal and charbiswas Unions of Galachipa Upazila 2011 66,720
Title: Reconstruction, Economic Development And Livelihoods (REAL) Project

Client: HKI

Seed distribution, homestead gardening, employment generation, capacity building of the participants. Patuakhali 2008-2010 27,563,620
Title: Empowerment of Women and Adolescent Girls (EWAG) project.

Client: Leger Foundation

Assess the situation/ existing condition of women and adolescent girls and their   involvement on agriculture, education and primary health care, assess the local service providers service quality on health, education and agriculture Patuakhali, Bogra 2008-2011 18,496,000
Title: Education in Emergencies: Strengthening Preparedness and Response Capacity in Flood and Cyclone Prone Areas in Bangladesh

Client: SC-UK

Make safer schools, disaster risk reduction through schools, make schools resilient to disaster, Participatory vulnerability analysis, schools based contingency plan, etc Patuakhali 2009-2010 5,750,830
Title: Participatory Actions towards Resilient School & Education System (PARSES)

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Make safer schools, participatory vulnerability analysis, schools based action plan on disaster risk reduction, etc Patuakhali 2009-2010 4,242,780
Title: Creating Bright Future for Women

Client: Christmas Future

Non-Formal Primary Education (NFPE), Day observance, Institutional Capacity Building Training, Legal Rights Training, Child and Women Rights Training, Capacity Building of UP Women Members, and Homestead Gardening Training. Sirajganj Sadar Upazila 2010-2011 317,000
Title: Strengthening Communities Rights and Empowerment (SCORE) Project

Client: VSO-Bangladesh

Capacity building of PNGOs and LGI representatives. Patuakhali 2006-2010 750,000
Title: Building Community Resilience to Natural disasters (BCRND)

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

 

Construction of School cum cyclone shelter, PVA with students, teachers, SMC members and parents,  demonstration of six monthly disaster drill, sensitizing students, teachers and SMC members on the early warning and cyclone signaling system. Patuakhali (Galachipa Upazila) 2009-2010 4,200,000
Title: Jibon O Jibika Program (WatSan component, SO-2)

Client: NGO Forum

Improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities through the behavioral change activities at the Char areas of the country, Patuakhali 2005-2010 4,382,890
Title: Strengthening Household’s Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) program in Jamalpur District

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

Food security of the poor and marginalized people

Livelihoods enhancement, securing entitlements and enhancing accountability of service providers, health and nutrition, women empowerment, and humanitarian assistance.

Jamalpur 2006-2010 101,557,087
Title: Back to School Project in Barguna District

Client: Plan Bangladesh

Psychosocial support to the disaster affected children, ensuring pre-school education for the poor and marginalized children, development of local resources and training to the community tutors. Barguna 2008-2010 20,702,722
Title: Homestead Food Production Project (HFPP)

Client: HKI

Agricultural development through extension work, model farming, homestead gardening, poultry rearing, IGA planning and management training. Patuakhali 2007-2009
Title: AILA affected schools restoration project

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Renovation and restoration of AILA affected schools Patuakhali 2009-2010 10,222,978
Title: Construction of Cyclone Shelter cum School in the coastal area after AILA 2009 (BCRND)

Client: ActionAid-Bangladesh

Construction of Cyclone Shelter cum School Patuakhali 2008-2009
Title: Emergency/ Livelihoods Recovery Project

Client: HKI

Livelihoods recovery, CFW, agriculture recovery, Pond Fish Cultivation. Patuakhali 2008-2009 41,658,800
Title: Disaster Risk Reduction through Schools (DRRS) Project.

Client: ActionAid Bangladesh

Exploring the nature of community vulnerability, construct safer school building, aware students on climate change, identify status of supplementary education materials for disaster preparedness and scopes. Patuakhali 2006-2009 3,758,259
Title: Long-Term Development Program (LTDP)

Client: Leger Foundation and  CLWR- Canada

Education, livelihoods, capacity building of local NGOs, micro finance, plantation etc. 1994-2008
Title: Post Flood Livelihood Early Recovery and Rehabilitation Program for Poor and Marginalized People

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

 

Cash for Work, Installation water sealed latrines, tube wells, conduct Orientation Sessions for awareness raising on water, sanitation and hygiene, etc

 

Jamalpur 2008-2009 28,956,200
Title: Core Family Shelter Reconstruction works

Client: UNDP

undertake the core shelter recovery program, shelter house reconstruction in the two worst sidr affected districts Patuakhali & Barguna District 2008 60,206,450
Title:Protecting Women’s Rights Through Strengthening Local Government (PWSLG)

Client:PSU-CIDA

Raising awareness and building capacity of the LGI representatives especially female members for protecting women’s rights through empowerment Sirajganj 2007-2008
Title: Response for flood and river erosion.

Client: CARE-Bangladesh

CFW Sirajganj 2007
Title: Democratic Local Governance Program (DLGP)

Client: RTI

Capacity building of LGIs, development of participatory strategic planning by LGIs 2006-2008 .
Title: Broad Based Coalition and Advocacy for Human Rights (BCAHR) Project

Client: AED

Advocacy program to address all kinds of violence against women through networking with 14 partner NGOs 2004-2006
Title: Collective Advocacy to Criminalize Domestic Violence

Client: AED

Domestic violence policy to protect domestic violence had been developed. 34 Districts 2004-2006
Title: Emergency Response to Cyclone Sidr affected people.

Client: UNDP

Distribution of food and essential non-food items and safe drinking water. Patuakhali and Pirojpur District 2007 40,037,335
Title: Post cyclone Sidr and flood response.

Client: HOPE International, Canada

Distribution of seeds, CFW, and family shelter construction. Patuakhali and Sirajganj 2008 2,460,000
Title: Post cyclone Sidr response.

Client: UNICEF/CARE

WATSAN Barguna 2008 2,264,800
Title: Post cyclone Sidr response.

Client: UNICEF

Distribution of Micro-Nutrient Fortified Blended Food. Barisal and Patuakhali 2008 9,369,518

 

 

19. An overview of the major running programs of SAP-Bangladesh:

The major programs of SAP–Bangladesh implemented directly by SAP-Bangladeshare contributing towards achieving the common goal of the organization. The goal of SAP-Bangladesh is to bring about the sustainable and equitable social, economic and political development of disadvantaged people in Bangladesh by strengthening the efforts of the community people at the grass-roots level.

 

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh has been implementing a number of projects with multiple focuses that are illustrated below:

 

19.1 Micro Finance Program

Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services. More broadly, it is a movement whose object is a world in which as many poor and near-poor households as possible have permanent access to an appropriate range of high quality financial services, including not just credit but also savings, insurance, and fund transfers. Those who promote microfinance generally believe that such access will help poor people out of poverty.
In developing economies and particularly in the rural areas, many activities that would be classified in the developed world as financial are not monetized: that is, money is not used to carry them out. Almost by definition, poor people have very little money. But circumstances often arise in their lives in which they need money or the things money can buy.

Although Micro Credit is a recent initiative of SAP-Bangladesh, it has already promoted the economic empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged family, especially women-headed family in all over the country especially in the Chars and marginalized areas. SAP-Bangladesh maintains the following mentioned necessities in conducting its micro-finance activities:
• Lifecycle Needs: such as weddings, funerals, childbirth, education, home building, widowhood.
• Personal Emergencies: such as sickness, injury, unemployment, theft, harassment or death.
• Disasters: such as fires, floods, cyclones and man-made events.
• Investment Opportunities: expanding a business, buying land or equipment, improving housing, securing a job, etc.

In working with the marginalized peoples over the last 25 years, SAP – Bangladesh has adapted the strategies of empowering the disadvantaged section of the community through promoting human rights, establishing good governance and providing services in the form of micro-finance, quality education, disaster relief and post-disaster rehabilitation etc. SAP – Bangladesh believes that, increased production, fair distribution, greater knowledge and more food would mean more food for more people. In an extremely poor country like Bangladesh, fair distribution of resources is not possible unless there is a greater production of resources. Without increasing production of economic resources, fair distribution will result in fair distribution of poverty.
Therefore, SAP-Bangladesh has equally been emphasizing economic growth approach through micro-finance program. In response to the demands of the community people, SAP- Bangladesh is gradually expanding its micro-finance program.

SAP-Bangladesh started its micro-credit program in the late eighties. Initially, it was an experiment and the program operated in remote islands of the coastal belt. With the initial experience, SAP- Bangladesh expanded this program at Belkuchi Upazila of Sirajganj District in 2002.
After successful experimentation both in islands and main lands, SAP-Bangladesh decided to expand this program to other parts of the country. With a dream of expansion, SAP-Bangladesh became a partner of apex financing organization PKSF in October 2004. Since then, the program has been strengthened and is running quite smoothly. A panel of experts has been engaged to expand the micro-finance program.

Since inception of the program, SAP-Bangladesh has uplifted a good number of families from the poverty level. From very beginning, SAP-Bangladesh initiated the program as voluntary approach not for making profit. Considering that aspect, SAP-Bangladesh can mention that in the program areas, the beneficiaries cordially received SAP-Bangladesh from their heart.

 

Goal of the program

Poverty alleviation and ensure socio-economic development of disadvantaged people, especially women.

 

Objectives

a. To provide better financial services for the poor.
b. To provide micro-credit support to beneficiaries for self-employment and enterprise development;
c. To promote community organizations of poor women for self-help and sustainable development;
d. To eliminate poverty among hardcore poor and poor people once and forever;
e. To develop social awareness and leadership among beneficiaries through weekly meetings;
f. Develop and adopt a savings utilization policy ensuring maximum benefit of the target beneficiaries.

 

Supporting Agency

i. Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)
ii. Anukul Foundation, MDF
iii. SAP-Bangladesh Own Fund

 

Major Components of SAP-BD’s Micro finance

• Group Formation
• Awareness Creation
• Savings Mobilization
• Loan Disbursement
• IGA related Training

 

Program Beneficiaries

At present, a total of 26,706 peoples are the direct beneficiaries of SAP-Bangladesh’s micro-finance program while of which 1293 are male and 25,413 are female. The indirect beneficiaries are about 108, 676. SAP-Bangladesh maintains the following criteria for selecting its beneficiaries.
a. Landless poor people focusing on women
b. People who own less than half an acre of land
c. People who earn their living by selling manual labor, and:
d. The hard core poor, who live below poverty line.

 

Working Area:

 

District Upazila # of Unions
Patuakhali Galachipa 7
Patuakhali 7
Dashmina 8
Rangabali 6
Barguna Amtoli 3
Sirajgonj Sirajgonj 3
Ullapara 5
Shahajadpur 6
Raygonj 6
Kamarkhandha 3
Belkuchi 4
Chowhali 4
Dhaka Mohammadpur 1
Adabar 1
Pallabi 1
Mirpur 1
Kafrul 1
Agargaon 1
Bagerhat Bagerhat Sadar 4
Fakirhat 4
Total Upazila: 14, City area: 6 76

 

 

19.2 Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capabilities of Poor Household towards Elimination of their Poverty (ENRICH) Program

There are many micro credit organizations in Bangladesh and providing credit to the poor households but sustainable development is not achieved. For the sustainable development it is required to develop their health and education and increasing their capabilities on livelihood activities. Increasing the access to modern technologies, proper health services and education of poor household then the productivity will be increased. In this regard PKSF takes a program on the basis of one union one partner organization. An integrated support package and credit is included in the program. SAP-Bangladesh is implementing ENRICH program since February 2010 with support and funding from PKSF.

 

Goal of the program:

Best utilization of resources and capabilities and enhancing resources and increasing capabilities of poor household towards elimination of their poverty.

 

Objectives:

• To empower the poor households and elimination of the poverty.
• To ensure the access of poor households in health, education and nutrition.
• To mitigate natural disaster and rehabilitate the poor households.
• To sustainable elimination of the poverty through organizational development.

 

Beneficiary Criteria:

• Those who are involved in any program in PKSF
• Willing to get micro credit but not involved in any credit organization.
• Ultra poor/destitute households those who are not considered eligible to get credit.

 

Number of beneficiary households:

3774 households in 14 villages of Panpatti Union

 

Working Area:/

SAP-Bangladesh is implementing ENRICH program in Panpotti Union of Galachipa Upazila.

Duration of the program:

The program was started from February, 2010 and no cut- off date.

 

Components of the program:

• Health
• Education
• Livelihood
• Water and sanitation

 

Component wise activities of ENRICH Program:

 

Health Education Livelihoods Water & Sanitation
·         Static clinic (By Health Assistant)

·         Provide primary treatment tothe patients in static clinic

·         Satellite clinic (By MBBS Doctor)

·         Provide primary treatment among the patients in satellite clinic

·         Health camp (By Specialist Doctor)

·         Participation in NID

·         Establishment of education centre (EC)

·         Admission of students

·         Repairing of wooden/Bamboo made shako/bridge

·         Recruitment of Teachers

·         Distribution of school materials (Black Board, Mat, Chalk, Duster, Signboard etc)

·         Enlist of security guards

·         Establishment of medicinal plants garden

Distribution of porous pipe

·         (AWD Irrigation System)

·         Installation of sanitary latrine in educational institution

·         Repairing of sanitary latrine in educational institution

·         Repairing of wooden/Bamboo made shako/bridge

·         Installation of deep tube well/PSF/RWHS

 

 

19.3 Community Led Health Project (CLHP-II)

SAP-Bangladesh has developed the project on the understanding and conceptualization that government has health and family planning departments at the Upazila and Union level. But many of the mothers and children die and suffer from water born, bacterial and long-term diseases because of lack of health education and awareness of the mothers. At the same time, the government resources are not adequate and available in the remote rural areas. Nonetheless, the duty bearers are often reluctant to poor and the destitute communities. Therefore, the concept of the project has been developed on the principle of rights-service combination. There has been a sense of demand–supply component. As soon the mother will be aware of the importance of health and nutrition, they not only would change their behavior, they would collectively demand their services to the duty bearers and the public representatives. It is hoped that through such a rights-service model, mother and child will enjoy much healthier lives. The project will form Community Health Organization (CHO) in every village. The mothers will be mobilized to come to the CHO in a particular time at their convenience and they will be provided education and awareness on primary health care, sanitation and nutrition. They will also be provided awareness on their health rights and the obligations of the duty bearers. Moreover, they will be provided with some basic health services; referral services and capacity building training for sustainable health promotion. Village quakes and the midwives will be trained on safe delivery to be turned as Community Birth Attendant (CBA). The Villages will be linked with department of social welfare, department of women and children affairs at union and Upazila level to get loan facilities. Lobbying and advocacy with the duty bearers will be a vital initiative of the project cycle. SAP-Bangladesh has been implementing this project since March 01, 2012 with support and assistance from Hope International Development Agency (HIDA) and financial support from CIDA.

 

Project Goal:

Attaining improved and effective Community–led health services targeting poor women and children and adolescent in Galachipa Sadar Union of Galachipa Upazila, Charmontaj & Rangabali Unions of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali district.

 

Objectives:

• To improve behavioral practices through community awareness on Essential Health Care, Reproductive health, and improved Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
• To ensure accessibility to the existing facilities around the community, and ensure affordable and sustainable health services for targeted beneficiaries.
• To boost up available services to the community irrespective of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, socio-economic condition under community-led approach.

 

Major activities:

The project activities will be running under the four thematic issues within three years such as; Infrastructure development, Social mobilization, Capacity development, Service delivery. The thematic message and details activities are as follows:

 

Infrastructure development:

SAP BD’s health services will implement under the horizon of three Health Resource Center in three different places has been selected to run the project effectively. The three selected areas such as; Golachipa sadar, Charmontaj & Rangabali of Golachipa upazila under Patuakhali district has been proposed under the consideration of geo-social, socio-economic and organizational working experience. In order to complete the infrastructure related activities staffing, planning, clinic set up will take an amount of time for the project.

 

Social mobilization:

Program will be promoted in the area with different social mobilizing activities within the period like Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaign to educate the people on the importance ofrecognizing the danger signs of pregnancy complications and quickly deciding to transport the pregnant woman to an Emergency Obstetric Care (EOC) facility. It will carry on launching workshop, Health and CLTS seminar, Health and sanitation day observance Discussion meeting, village level mother’s forum, rally, drama demonstration village health forum, Health community audit forum and Target Performance Management Team (TPMT) among the WARD/village. SAP BD believes all of those health mobilization activities will enhance the program to achieve the goal within the given period. The importance of regular ANC visits will also be promoted to invoke the facility driven health care seeking behavior like:
• The campaign will be portrayed positive family role models, such as caring husbands and mothers-in-law.
• Campaign messages will be reinforced using an EOC logo to symbolize emergency and danger. The EOC logo was visible on all mass media products and at EOC provider sites.
• The campaign included development and promotion of mass media and local level interventions, which were EOC Logo, EOC Pictorial Card, Leaflet for Safe motherhood, Billboard, cover local level print-media Service Providers Orientation, Community Leaders Orientation, health fare, Future Search Conference etc.

 

Capacity Development:

Each of the issues requires capacity improvement unquestionably at different levels. In order to address the issue SAP BD starts from community level in terms of health awareness to control their behavior and environment will be build through massive awareness raising programs by segmentizing into adult male and female, adolescent girls and boys and children groups using multi-channels. Community Health volunteers (CHV) will play primary role in this effort. Capacity of Community Health Organization (CHO), Community Health Audit Team (CHAT), and beneficiaries on different knowledge, skill and attitude based issues will also be developed under different forum discussion, video clipping, experience sharing, exposure on good practices, Picture demonstration, workshop, meeting and training etc.

 

Service Delivery:

Under the program SAP-BD will provide the service of creating a community-led Health institution, transferring knowledge skill and attitude, training for Health volunteers group, training for Health audit groups, Normal health treatment by the trained paramedics, ANC, NC and PNC for pregnant mother, counseling on Family planning, awareness building, life skill training on reproductive Health, door to door visit, Health card distribution, bill board, leaflet, poster providing referral service, community involvement , monitoring and evaluation will be available .

 

Working area:

The project will be implemented in Galachipa Sadar Union of Galachipa Upazila and Charmontaz and Rangabali Sadar Unions of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali District.
Project duration: 3 years (March 2012 to February 2015)

19.4 Socio Economic Uplifting of the Poor People

SAP (SAP) Bangladesh has been working with the community at different levels for several decades and has contributed significantly in many of the areas with support from the development partners. The focus of the development sectors is on removal of poverty, illiteracy, poor health following a multidimensional approach. At present, SAP BD has been implementing programs in the areas of health, education, agriculture, human rights, climate change and disaster management and microfinance through field interventions across 29 Upazilas of 7 districts. Remarkable health services under different projects in different Upazila of Barguna and Patuakhali districts has started in the community full-sewing.

This project report is a sincere endeavor to present a synopsis of our microfinance activities for the year 2012-13. It is also a candid analysis of our experiences and learning. With the philosophy of microfinance service, SAP Bangladesh came across another year of its manifold activities.

In combination with other project Micro Credit is a poverty reducing initiative of vulnerable target-groups working with SAP-Bangladesh. It has already promoted the economic empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged HHs, especially women-headed family in all chars and marginalized areas. SAP-Bangladesh maintains to address multidimensional necessities in conducting its micro-finance activities such as lifecycle Needs including weddings, funerals, childbirth, education, home building, and widowhood; personal emergencies including sickness, injury, unemployment, theft, harassment or death; disasters including fires, floods, cyclones and man-made events; and investment opportunities including business, buying land or equipment, improving housing, securing a job, etc. The Program covers 16 Upazilas under 04 districts with its 22 branches of 27,671 group members including 95.54% women members. In 2012-2013, loan outstanding of Microfinance program is in BDT 208775633. This intervention brought useful and significant changes in the targeted community with the cooperation of SAP BD’s efficient support program in all respects. The Microfinance Program of SAP-Bangladesh is supported by PKSF, Anukul Foundation and HIDA.

Based on the above course SAP BD slowly and gradually grounded a foundation on microfinance activities for the rural and urban poor people. It has by this time institutionalized a peoples discipline in managing microfinance throughout the target beneficiaries. In this regard Hope International Development Agency (HIDA) came forward in 2012-2013 to enhance the strength of microfinance in Ullahpara and Shahjadpur of Sirajganj district. It is not only the approach of step-forward for adding anything in microfinance but also a remarkable thrust for disadvantaged people’s income generating activities and organization’s sustainability as well.

Therefore, SAP Bangladesh is equally emphasizing economic growth approach through micro-finance program. In response to the demands of the community people, SAP- Bangladesh is gradually expanding its micro-finance program in terms of its capacity ahead. To the reporting period it has been possible for the organization to keep going with direct contribution to the 168395 HHs under its different implementing projects. Apart 625 borrowers are having micro finance facilities with the outstanding figure of BDT 5214031 and received BDT 440000 from Hope International Development Agency.

 

Project Goal:

Socio economic uplifting of the poor people by undertaking IGAs through micro finance support
Activities:

• Microfinance support to the poor people.
• Capacity building of the poor people for undertaking and managing IGAs.
• Upgrading quality of livelihoods of the poor people.

 

19.5 Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods (ESL) Project

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh has been implementing Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods (ESL) Project in Bhangabari Union under Belkuchi Upazila of Sirajganj District since July 01, 2014 with support from Heifer International Bangladesh for Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods of smallholder farmers through beef and dairy value chain enterprises. By the end of the project, 4,700families will have increased to an income level of BDT 200,000/family/year with 30% moving to BDT 225,000/family/year from beef cattle/dairy value chains, supplying an additional 1200 MT/year of beef and 200 MTmilk/year to the market and the targeted families will ensure year-round food security with three meals a day of nutritious, well-balanced food items.

 

Project Goal:

Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods of smallholder farmers through beef and dairy value chain enterprises.

 

Objectives:

 By the end of the project, 4,700families will have increased to an income level of BDT 200,000/family/year with 30% moving to BDT 225,000/family/year from beef cattle/dairy value chains, supplying an additional 1200 MT/year of beef and 200 MTmilk/year to the market.
 Families will ensure year-round food security with three meals a day of nutritious, well-balanced food items.
 By the end of project, 100% participating families and organizations use environment-friendly practices to conserve and protect the environment and natural resources.
 By end of project, 100% participant families will organize and strengthen farmers’ cooperation with strong, cohesive and viable community organizations

 

Major activities:

• Training on improved animal management
• Training on SHG management
• Cornerstones training
• Kitchen gardening training
• Physical input support
• Value chain development training.
• Technology Introduction
• Community Agro Veterinary Entrepreneur (CAVE) training and support
• Business hub set up (management, processes, functions, etc.)
• Community Agro Veterinary Entrepreneur (CAVE) training and support
• Sanitation support
• Nutrition training
• Quality vegetable seed and fruits tree saplings support
• Training on kitchen gardening.
• Training on Disaster risk reduction.
• Seed and saplings support for vegetable and fruit and timber trees plantation.
• Cornerstones Training
• Gender and Justice Training
• Conduct PSRP
• Pre-cooperative trainings.
• Facilitation of set up for cooperative management and functioning
• Formation of Project Management Committee.
• Passing on the Gift.
• Exposure visit.

 

Working area:

10 villages of Bhangabari Union under Belkuchi Upazila of Sirajganj District

 

Project duration

:Fiscal Year July 2014 to June 2018

 

Total Budget:

BDT 18,200,217

 

19.6 Creating an enabling environment for young people to claim and access their sexual and reproductive health rights in Bangladesh (SRHR Project)

SAP-Bangladesh has been implementing the “Creating an enabling environment for young people to claim and access their sexual and reproductive health rights in Bangladesh (SRHR Project)” in Barguna Sadar and Amtali Upazila of Barguna District since January 2015to contribute to improve the sexual and reproductive health status of all young people in Bangladesh, including socially excluded youth from hard the reach areas, through ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and information. This will be monitored against key MDG indicators; MDG5: maternal mortality, adolescent birth rate, contraceptive use and antenatal care coverage and MDG6A: HIV prevalence among youth and condom use at high risk sex and linked to monitoring and evaluation of NAP and NARS, and GoBs Maternal Mortality Study and the Demographic and Health Survey.

 

The specific objective is “to enable young people, 10-24 years old, to make informed decisions, access accurate information and quality services for sexual and reproductive health in Barguna, Khagrachari and Kishoreganj by 2018”. In order to monitor the ability of young people to take action the rate of child marriages, adolescent birth rates, and prevalence of STIs, including HIV among the targeted age range in the target areas will be monitored. Data collection will as far as possible be aligned with the NAP, which will enable comparison with national data and data from other Districts. Target areas were specifically selected because of their poor SRH indicators and pre-existing vulnerabilities to natural disasters and conflict. These challenges have been considered in budgeting and activities.

 

Overall objective:

The overall objective of the project is “to improve the sexual and reproductive health status of all young people in Bangladesh, including socially excluded youth from hard the reach areas, through ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and information”.

 

Specific objective of the project:

The specific objective is “to enable young people, 10-24 years old, to make informed decisions, access accurate information and quality services for sexual and reproductive health in Barguna, Khagrachari and Kishoreganj by 2018”.

 

Working area:

10 Unions of Barguna Sadar Upazila and 7 Unions of Amtali Upzia of Barguna District.

 

Target Groups:

• Youth: The programme will target young people, 10-24 years old. This group covers adolescents, 10-19 years old and youth, 15-24 years old. In the action the term youth will be used to describe the whole age range.
• Families and Communities: Parents and parents-in-law are key gate-keepers in relation to access to information and services for youth, child marriages and pressure on married youth to have children.
• Decision makers at National & Local Level: The action will involve key people within the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOFW) and Ministry of Education (MOE) in the assessment and evaluation of models developed in the action through involvement in the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
• Service delivery/Union/Community level and CSO support

• Final Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the action will be the 200 000 youth directly reached by activities of the action. The indirect beneficiaries will be the entire youth population 999,398, 10-24 years old in the three districts: Barguna (228,739), Kishoreganj (178,548), Khagrachari (792,111), of the target area, who will benefit from the action through the development of systems whereby they can access CSE information and quality youth friendly health services. Through the alignment and incorporation of the models developed into NAP and NARS the sustainability of the action will be ensured. Potentially all secondary school going children in Bangladesh will ultimately be affected by positive changes in the teaching of the SRH curriculum and the access to age appropriate materials. In addition the creation of a replicable model to be owned by government will potentially enable all youth in Bangladesh to benefit from the action beyond the lifetime of the action.

 

Major activities:

General activities:

• Recruitment and orientation of project staff
• Conduct baseline study, including survey, Mid Term Review and Final Evaluation
• Start up workshop to review baseline and develop M&E framework
• Conduct action learning research to support evidence based advocacy to government for new models/approaches on SRH
• Maintain project governance and information sharing through regular meetings

 

Result based activities:

• Capacity building of Master trainers and peer educators on peer education, CSE and LSE
• Form, activate and support peer youth groups with activities on CSE and LSE
• Develop age appropriate Information Education Communication (IEC) materials
• Provide Parenting training and outreach to marginalized groups to support SRH discussions with children and community
• Work with teachers to facilitate SRH discussions/teaching in the school environment
• Raise awareness in community on SRH issues to support youth to access information and services
• Mobilise young people for participation in youth clubs and youth forum
• Half yearly Technical advisory group (TAG) meeting with relevant ministry officials and other development organizations working on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
• Develop SRHR module for teachers training curriculum in a participatory way
• Orient and support the key responsible groups for different actions under NAP to implement and incorporate into their own action plan
• Quality monitoring and supportive supervision visits by Local health officials
• Joint Monitoring visit to field from national level
• Map CSOs from local to national level
• Identify and regularly coordinate with relevant CSOs in target areas
• Build linkages between CSOs, and youth clubs/forums
• Facilitate annual Youth Forum event for National Advocacy
• Capacity building for partners and CSOs, on SRH and long term sustainability
• Support the development of monitoring and review mechanisms with the Community Clinic Support Groups (CSG), Community Clinic Management Groups (CMG), Union Health (UH) Family Welfare Committee (FWC) and Union Health and Education (UHE) standing committees.
• Identify newly married young couple and link them to service providers
• Identify and ensure registration of newly pregnant young women and link them to service providers
• Provide age appropriate counselling services for young people (10-24 years)
• Create/support a referral system to link to local available services
• Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) training and follow up for service providers
• Logistic support to make Service Delivery Points youth friendly
• Satellite health services in hard to reach areas-Logistics and commodity support for satellite services
• Quality monitoring and supportive supervision visits by Local Government officials

 

Project period:

January 2015 to December 2019

Total Budget: BDT 131,448,742

 

19.7 Transformation of Extreme Poor (TEP) Project

SAP-Bangladesh has been implementing the “Transformation of Extreme Poor (TEP) Project in Charmontaj Union under Rangabali Upazila of Patuakhali District since March 2015 with a view to support the extreme poor and vulnerable people in the cyclone prone coastal area of Bangladesh.

Project Goal: Reduction of extreme poverty and promote sustainable livelihood and ensure food security through empowerment of Extreme Poor (EP) in the targeted area.

 

Specific Objectives:

• To improve livelihood of Ultra Poor BHHs and their dependants through enhanced Income Generating Capacity
• To improve nutritional and health status of vulnerable BHHs group
• To enhanced social and human rights, to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest communities.
• To promote the BHHs as self help group towards empowerments.
• To develop occupational skills of vulnerable extreme poor BHHs.

 

Major activities:

• Capacity building training for the VGDC/ BHH/ Communities through formal and non-formal meeting to become effective and proactive “Problem Solver”.
• On site technical assistance will be provided by technical team of the project and also taking assistance from local support structures.
• Strengthening linkage with LGIs and likeminded NGOs through conducting different formal and non-formal meeting, training and sharing ideas
• Advocacy and campaign to create access to services available in GO-NGOs
• Household raising activities providing emphasis to the extreme poor.
• Continuation of conducting awareness session on health, hygiene and nutrition activities.
• Follow up input support for BBHs participants on different agriculture and non-agriculture trade.
• Encouraging group savings and its utilization to create revolving fund at village level
• Different Day observation for mass awareness
• Activate/reactivate the different committees of UP etc.

 

Project participants:

The project will mainly work with the vulnerable ultra poor of the selected union Chatmontaj under the district Pathuakhali. The proposed project aims at implementing an integrated approach for a specific group within the union that suffer mostly from food insecurity, inequality and poverty. The project aims to reach 50 vulnerable HHs and their dependants. The project has priority a focus for BHHs on asset less, widow, divorcee, separated and/or single-mother who maintain their family by themselves. The project focuses on 01 union that still in need of external support and development interventions. The vast majority of these targeted vulnerable Ultra Poor are landless or own only very little homestead land; are politically and socially deprived; have very little self-confidence; are chronic food insecure and all BHHs members are generally of very poor health. Formal or informal institutions like village cooperatives or NGOs in the proposed project areas are rare. Those employed or partially employed are minimum waged day labourers followed by domestic workers.

 

Working area:

Charmontaj Union of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali District

 

Time frame:

March 2015 to February 2017

 

19.8 Quality Inclusive Education and Skill Development Program in Barguna

Bangladesh, running one of the largest education systems in the globe that catering more than 30 million students up to secondary level, has done remarkably well in many areas of ensuring right to education. Enhancing access with notable achievement in introducing pre-primary education, nearing universal access to primary education, attaining gender equity at the primary and access to secondary education levels, marked reduction in repetition and dropout rates, and attaining reasonably high levels of completion in primary education are some of those areas. But only 5% parents are receiving parenting support on ECD and only 13.4% children age 3-5 years are receiving early learning support at community level to grow, develop and prepare for education. Fathers engagement in ECD activities are one quarter compare to mother. Access to pre-school is increasing rapidly from 23% in 2009 to 78% grossly in 2014 but on time enrolment and quality of learning is a great concern.Though enrolment, retention, completion and gender parity in primary education got a good shape but still access for specific groups like children with disabilities, children from ethnic groups, children from isolated, remote, urban slum and disaster prone areas, children from extremely poor families is still very low. 2-6% children remain out from school and another 21% are dropping out from the system. Quality of learning, in general is a huge concern at this moment and growing inequality and inequity doubled the challenges for marginalized and excluded. As per National Assessment Study, 25-35% of children are achieving defined competencies though more than 90% appeared students are passing through public exam. The challenges are multi-faceted that lies from socio-cultural attitude at families and communities to policy and systemic barriers at school, sub-district, district and national level.

Though the transition from primary to secondary is improving, still the net enrolment is around 59% and out of them only 56% complete the cycle. 36% girls are dropping out from the secondary education at grade 8 whereas the rate for boys is 5% which has huge negative consequences on the life of girls including facing harsh reality like child marriage. Lack of school within reach, social protection for girls, lack of aspiration, lack of quality and relevancy of education, devaluing education from family especially for girls and lack of alternative options and choices are some of the main reasons of poor performance in secondary education. Girls, children from extreme poor families, ethnic children, children with disabilities and children from difficult geographical locations are mostly deprived from secondary education.

It is only 11% of total 10-24 years age groups who are in TVET and apprenticeship (3% in TVET and more that 6% are in informal apprenticeship). The participation of secondary student in TVET is even low, 1.1%. Opportunity for girls are very limited and only one third of total participants are girls though evidence showed that annual income of TVET graduate (both boys and girls) are higher compare to general education and apprenticeship. Extreme poor are again deprived from the opportunity because of the cost of TVET and hence engaging themselves in informal apprenticeship which has no accreditation and finally ended up with low income. Despite of robust improvement in poverty reduction, 26 million children live below the national poverty line, typically deprived of 4 out of 7 of the following basic services: water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health, information, and shelter. Close to 50% of the workforce in Bangladesh is aged 15-29 years that is over 39 million people. 2.7 million Young people are joining the labor force each year with only 0.7 million finding some form of employment mostly in work places where there is lack of work place security and protection standards. 50% of young employed people are working in the informal sector and 1 in 2 is part of the “working poor”.

Barguna is an under developed coastal district in the southern part of Bangladesh which is BargunaSadarUpazila is 1 Pourashava and 10 Unions in terms of socio economic perspective as well as livelihood of poor people. Total population of BargunaSadarUpazilla is around 261343 of them 128580 are male, 132763 are female. It is noted that around 32% of total populations are children (girls and boys ratio almost equal). There are 54,427 households under 191communities (villages) of the Upazila. Around 229108 people those are live rural areas are very much neglected, especially children in the family and in society. (Census 2011)
Child Development in Barguna district (36-59 months): Attending early education 4.9%, getting adult support for learning 89.9%, biological fathers have engaged in four or more activities 12.3% and mothers 28.3%. (MCIS 2012-2013)

Literacy and Education in Barguna district: Literacy rate among young women (15-24) is 91.6%, children getting access on school readiness preprimary 92.6%, primary school net attendance is 75.2% and secondary school is 47.7%, primary school completion rate is 78.1 and transition rate to secondary education is 95.5%. (MCIS 2012-2013)

Early marriage in Barguna district: Women 20-49 married before age 18 is 68% and women 15-49 married before age 15 is 15.6%. (MICS 2012-2013)

To address the above systemic barriers faced by girls and boys in participation and completion of basic education demonstrating approaches and best practices for tackling exclusion, Plan International Bangladesh initiated its Quality Inclusive Education and Skill Development programme. Working with the government system at preprimary and primary levels it will ensure timely and comprehensive support for enrolment, retention and learning achievement, especially targeting the most challenging 2-6% of children marginalized or excluded from basic services. Additionally it will develop forward linkages with the secondary education system to support transition and continuation of secondary education especially for girls. Successful interventions across these levels of education will generate the evidence to be used to inform advocacy and advance systemic reform for delivery of equitable education at all levels.

 

Overall Objectives of the Project:

2,982 children (at least 50% girls) from BargunaUpazila especially those are most marginalized and excluded from benefits of quality inclusive education with specific support for continuation of secondary education through strengthening existing education system.

 

Specific objectives:

• To create school led community based and family focused parenting program for children from pregnancy period to 3 (Pto3)
• To establish community based early learning opportunity for 3-5 years age children
• To provide support to schools in ensuring accessibility and child-friendly environment
• To empower teachers in practicing true inclusive education at school level
• To empower children to participate in school development activities
• To empower SMC and community groups to support school development initiatives
• To create a support system at Upazilla level that provides quality supports to school through mentoring
• To provide support to children aged 12 to 15 years to continue their study at secondary level
• To provide support to children aged 14-16 in getting access to quality and relevant technical education and skill development opportunities including workplace attitude and life skills for transition to current and future employment
• To provide support to children especially marginalized, excluded and out-of-school children and youth age 15-24 (at least 50% female) in getting support of technical and vocational skill development opportunities along with basic literacy, numeracy and life skills package to secure decent employment

 

Working Area:

The project will be implemented in 8 Unions (Badarkhali, Gourichanna, Burirchar, Dhalua, Barguna, M.Baliatali, Aylapatakata and Naltona Unions) of Barguna Sadar Upazila under Barguna District.

 

Target Beneficiaries:

A total of 2,982 children ((at least 50% girls) from Barguna Sadar Upazila, especially those are most marginalized and excluded from benefits of quality inclusive education with specific support for continuation of secondary education through strengthening existing education system.

 

Key Interventions of the project:

Key Interventions for Quality Inclusive Education and Skill Development are as follows:

(i) Strong Community outreach of pre-primary education to tackle exclusion and minimize inclusion challenges through community-led early learning support systems
(ii) Practical inclusion strategies for primary school that include accessibility, empowering teachers and supervisors on inclusive pedagogy, quality mentoring, engagement of community and children and inclusive academic and non-academic activities.
(iii) Working with mainstream school to design and demonstrate girl-friendly schools that support students, especially girls to continue secondary education. Intervention will leverage resources and integrate with existing Plan programs like ASRH, SCM, DRR & climate change etc.
(iv) Working with most marginalized out of school children, especially girls to build their aspiration, skills and confidence to reintegrate through formal or non-formal system.
(v) Supporting girls to continue and finish their secondary education
(vi) Evidence based advocacy to extend the approach through government system.

 

Project duration:

July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

 

Budget:

Total budget for FY 2016 is BDT 2,169,025

 

19.9: Quality Inclusive Education Project in Bhola

Background and Rationale:

Bangladesh, running one of the largest education systems in the globe that catering more than 30 million students up to secondary level, has done remarkably well in many areas of ensuring right to education. Enhancing access with notable achievement in introducing pre-primary education, nearing universal access to primary education, attaining gender equity at the primary and access to secondary education levels, marked reduction in repetition and dropout rates, and attaining reasonably high levels of completion in primary education are some of those areas. But only 5% parents are receiving parenting support on ECD and only 13.4% children age 3-5 years are receiving early learning support at community level to grow, develop and prepare for education. Fathers engagement in ECD activities are one quarter compare to mother. Access to pre-school is increasing rapidly from 23% in 2009 to 78% grossly in 2014 but on time enrolment and quality of learning is a great concern. Though enrolment, retention, completion and gender parity in primary education got a good shape but still access for specific groups like children with disabilities, children from ethnic groups, children from isolated, remote, urban slum and disaster prone areas, children from extremely poor families is still very low. 2-6% children remain out from school and another 21% are dropping out from the system. Quality of learning, in general is a huge concern at this moment and growing inequality and inequity doubled the challenges for marginalized and excluded. As per National Assessment Study, 25-35% of children are achieving defined competencies though more than 90% appeared students are passing through public exam. The challenges are multi-faceted that lies from socio-cultural attitude at families and communities to policy and systemic barriers at school, sub-district, district and national level.

 

Though the transition from primary to secondary is improving, still the net enrolment is around 59% and out of them only 56% complete the cycle. 36% girls are dropping out from the secondary education at grade 8 whereas the rate for boys is 5% which has huge negative consequences on the life of girls including facing harsh reality like child marriage. Lack of school within reach, social protection for girls, lack of aspiration, lack of quality and relevancy of education, devaluing education from family especially for girls and lack of alternative options and choices are some of the main reasons of poor performance in secondary education. Girls, children from extreme poor families, ethnic children, children with disabilities and children from difficult geographical locations are mostly deprived from secondary education.

 

It is only 11% of total 10-24 years age groups who are in TVET and apprenticeship (3% in TVET and more that 6% are in informal apprenticeship). The participation of secondary student in TVET is even low, 1.1%. Opportunity for girls are very limited and only one third of total participants are girls though evidence showed that annual income of TVET graduate (both boys and girls) are higher compare to general education and apprenticeship. Extreme poor are again deprived from the opportunity because of the cost of TVET and hence engaging themselves in informal apprenticeship which has no accreditation and finally ended up with low income. Despite of robust improvement in poverty reduction, 26 million children live below the national poverty line, typically deprived of 4 out of 7 of the following basic services: water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health, information, and shelter. Close to 50% of the workforce in Bangladesh is aged 15-29 years that is over 39 million people. 2.7 million Young people are joining the labor force each year with only 0.7 million finding some form of employment mostly in work places where there is lack of work place security and protection standards. 50% of young employed people are working in the informal sector and 1 in 2 is part of the “working poor”.

 

The overall literacy rate in Bhola is 45%. Enrollment rate in primary is about 99.90% and there are some children (.10%) with severe disabilities don’t get access in formal education system. In secondary education the enrollment rate is 65% of primary completed children and girls’ enrollment is comparatively higher (52.19%) but the dropout rate is 23%. Inadequate teachers’ allocation, lack of parental awareness, traditional mentality of teachers, lack of coordination among intuitions and poor functioning of government facilities were considered major hurdles in this regard. Around 35% of the secondary school-aged children are not attending schools. Awareness raising activities were implemented in collaboration with the local government, and education department at local level. Training, orientation and workshops were organized for the school management committee members, local government representatives and teachers.

 

To address the above systemic barriers faced by girls and boys in participation and completion of basic education demonstrating approaches and best practices for tackling exclusion, Plan International Bangladesh initiated its Quality Inclusive Education programme. Working with the government system at preprimary and primary levels it will ensure timely and comprehensive support for enrolment, retention and learning achievement, especially targeting the most challenging 2-6% of children marginalized or excluded from basic services. Additionally it will develop forward linkages with the secondary education system to support transition and continuation of secondary education especially for girls. Successful interventions across these levels of education will generate the evidence to be used to inform advocacy and advance systemic reform for delivery of equitable education at all levels.

 

Target Location:

This project will be implemented in Bhola Sadar Upazilla of Bhola District under Barisal Division. The Upazilla is under Plan’s sponsorship program; for providing some supports to sponsorship children and their community this project has been designed.

 

Target Group:

750 (50% girls) children of age 3 to 5 will be supported under this project by75 SBKs.

 

Overall Objective:

750 children of ages 3-5 years (at least 50% girls) from Bhola district under Barisal division especially those are most marginalized and excluded from the benefit of quality inclusive education.

 

Specific objectives:

• To establish community based early learning opportunity for 3-5 years age children
• To establish backward linkage with of government primary school with early learning interventions.

 

Outcomes:

1. Parents and caregivers are practicing critical IECD issues with a focus on early intervention
2. Parents, caregivers and teachers are skilled and practicing early learning & school preparedness for children aged 3-5 years
3. GO-NGO education initiatives are influenced through collective & coordinated learning sharing, joint initiatives, and technical supports

 

Outputs:/

1. Children aged 3-5 years are receiving early learning intervention in gender friendly inclusive settings.
2. SBK graduates especially girls enrolled in pre-primary school.
3. Local education authorities have increased knowledge on mentoring and supportive supervision

Key Interventions for Quality Inclusive Education are;

(vii) Strong Community outreach of pre-primary education to tackle exclusion and minimize inclusion challenges through community-led early learning support systems
(viii) Working with most marginalized out of community children, especially girls to build their aspiration, skills and confidence to reintegrate through formal or non-formal system.
(ix) Supporting girls to continue and finish their early learning education
(x) Evidence based advocacy to extend the approach through government system

 

The implementation strategies are;

• Working closely with government using mainstreaming schools
• Technical partnership with like-minded organizations working in the field of inclusive early learning education.
• Professional capacity development of different stakeholders including project and partner staffs in the area of ECCD.
• National level coordination and collaboration with organizations and networks working on ECCD.

 

Budget for FY 2017:

Total budget is BDT1,901,951.

 

Conclusion:

Considering the current situation strengthening quality inclusive education is essential in Bhola thereby developing a model to replicate it in other areas of Bangladesh. The project has been potentially designed to implement in 8 Unions of BholaSadarUpazila that will ensure inclusive education for the targeted children by establishing community based early learning opportunity for 3-5 years age children, providing support to schools in ensuring accessibility and child-friendly environment, empowering teachers in practicing true inclusive education at school level, empowering children to participate in school development activities, empowering SMC and community groups to support school development initiatives, and creating a support system at Upazila level that provides quality supports to school through mentoring and mentoring.

 

19.10 Child Rights & Protection Project

Background and Rationale:

We have a long experience in protecting the rights of vulnerable children, of addressing violence against girls and women as well as reducing the incidence of child marriage. The minimum average age of girls’ marriage in SAP’s working area is 17.77 years compared to the national average of 16.75 years. Our approach of increasing the capacity of duty bearers, CSOs and right holders in analyzing, reporting and responding to child protection issues in the community has created the desired results and will be scaled-up through community-based child protection systems.

Statistics indicate that there are 60 million children in Bangladesh (roughly divided between boys and girls) of whom 40 million are in rural areas 18 million are less than five years old and about 12 million live in extreme poverty. Although Bangladesh has made striking progress on key development indicators over the past fifteen years, it has not done well in protecting its children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence. While assessing these risks and quantifying them is complicated, however, key stakeholders all agree that children, particularly young girls, are extremely vulnerable and unprotected. Their perceptions are supported by the experiences of NGOs, media reports and national statistics. Children are made vulnerable as parents are unaware of abuse risk and are poorly informed of protection mechanisms. Despite multiple laws, policies and court directives to protect children, the lives of young boys and girls in Bangladesh remain insecure. Particularly those from marginalized and hard to reach areas, children with disabilities, from poor families and ethnic groups, those in hazardous labour, street children and children living in disaster-prone areas. Of particular concern is the high rate of child marriage (62.8% of girls aged 20-49 are married before 18) as it has a disproportionate impact on girl children affecting their rights to education, reproductive and sexual health and to live lives free of abuse and violence. The main reasons cited for child marriage are poverty, higher dowry demands for older girls, sexual harassment of young girls dropout of girls and boys from schools and non-enforcement of the child marriage prevention law. Plan’s work will therefore address each of these factors at all levels. The low level of birth registration (37% of children under 5) is yet another concern.

Making protection measures effective will require credible data to address the huge information gap as well as implementing and making functional the national child protection system (currently largely dysfunctional and under-resourced) and developing strong community based protection systems. Those responsible for protecting and fulfilling children’s rights remain largely uninformed of these rights and their roles and their responsibilities. Which means resources are not allocated (budgets, skilled trained service providers, child-friendly institutions, etc). Children’s capacity to claim their rights is equally compromised by barriers to knowledge, confidence and access to duty bearers.

The efforts of the Child Rights and Protection (CR&P) programme will therefore focus on ensuring that the state plays its role as the primary duty-bearer and is held accountable, that children, parents and communities are made aware of child protection issues and have the capacity to take action, that NGOs are capacitated to promote and protect children’s rights from the community level upwards and that civil society is dynamic in keeping children’s voices and protection issues in the forefront.

The state, as the primary duty-bearer, has taken a number of specific steps for the protection of children.

The Women and Children Repression Prevention Act of 2000 (amended in 2003), the National Child Policy and a Child Labour Elimination Policy – both of which were adopted in 2011- followed by the The Children’s Act of 2013. There are a number of other laws that also contribute to the protection of children.

But in real life, children are survive on sympathy, protected & participate on desire of their parents or elder member of the family. Development and mobilization yet out of thinking of their family member. The CRSA field assessment highlighted the absence of community protection systems, including access to life skills education. Now is the best time to undertake the child rights issues at every tiers of the society as well as country policy for doing so need capacity building of the society with special emphasis on child, women, poorest as they can address their rights issues and able to raise their voice on this regards. Also raise awareness that parents and elder member of the society as they can realize the importance rights of the children and be capable to ensure it.

SAP’s programs emphasize community empowerment and holistic development and utilize a participatory process known as Child centered Community Development (CCCD). SAP-Bangladesh utilizes this process in partnership with other government organization, international organization, non-government organization, Union Parishad and community base organizations.

There are 88.6% children age (1-14 years) are being experience in any violent in this region and 51.3% parents believes that a child needs to be physically punished. 65.8% of women age 20-49 years are married before the age of 18 years. (Source MICS Bangladesh 2012-13, Barisal Division). It is a major violation of child rights. Child marriage has disproportionate impact on girl children, as it directly affects their rights to education, health (by causing early pregnancy and child birth complications) and protection (it contributes to domestic violence).The main reasons cited for child marriage have been poverty, the increased demand for dowry for older girls, sexual harassment of young girls and the failure of the education system to keep girls and boys engaged in schools. The Barisal Division Office of Plan Bangladesh has begun a sponsorship programme in Bhola in partnership with SAP-Bangladesh and this project will support the needs of the sponsored children and their communities.

 

Target Location:

The project will cover a total of 6 Unions (Bheduria,Velumiah, Dhania, PurbaIllisha, PoschimIllisha, Rajapur) under Bhola Sadar Upazila of Bhola District.

 

Target Beneficiaries:

This project in Bhola will reach 2,500 children (of which 60% will be girls) and 5,000 number of duty bearers (Parents, government authorities, community groups, media, civil society and local government institutions representatives) in 6 unions (Bheduria,Velumiah, Dhania, PurbaIllisha, PoschimIllisha, Rajapur) under Bhola Sadar Upazila of Bhola District.

 

Overall Objectives of the Project:

Children are better protected from all forms of violence including child marriage through effective community based child protection mechanisms.
Specific objectives:

 

The specific objectives of the project are:

1. To support the functioning or establishment of a national child protection system in Bhola District.
2. To protect children from abuse, violence, child marriage, child labour and trafficking by focusing on vulnerable children their families and communities to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from government service provider institutions and their societies.
3. To ensure CRC, CEDAW and SAIEVAC implementation, monitoring and reporting by strengthening children’s and youth groups and bringing in the voices of marginalized children and young people.
4. To build child and youth citizenship and empower them to create positive social change by supporting their engagement and participation in national issues and Plan’s impact areas

 

Result Chain:

Objectives 1:

To support the functioning or establishment of a national child protection system in Bhola District.

 

Activities:

 Formation and meeting with Upazila Child Welfare Board, Projection – Total # 3 under 2604
 Formation and meeting with District Child Welfare Board, Projection – Total # 4 under 2604
 Capacity Enhancement training on CP for law enforcement agencies like Police, Ansar, VDP, Village police, Projection-Total # 2 under 2604
 Day celebration(IWD,DRR, UBR, WHD, ILD)- Total # 03 under 2711

 

Objectives 2:

To protect children from abuse, violence, child marriage, child labor and trafficking by focusing on vulnerable children their families and communities to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from government service provider institutions and their societies.

 

Activities:/

 Capacity enhancement orientation on CP for Violence against Women (VAW) and children prevention committee, Projection Total # 6 under 2604
 Quarterly meeting with Community Based Child Protection Committee, Projection – Total # 116 under 2611
 Orientation on responsibility of CBCPC at Ward level, Projection – Total # 9 under 2621
 Orientation on CP issues for SC parents, Projection – Total # 7 under 2621

 

Objectives 3:

To ensure CRC, CEDAW and SAIEVAC implementation, monitoring and reporting by strengthening children’s and youth groups and bringing in the voices of marginalized children and young people.

 

Activities:

 Child rights development planning workshop by the children, Total # 6 under 2711
 Monitoring CP issues through children consultation,Projection – Total # 3 under 2711
 Quarterly meeting with Youth Advisory Panel, Projection – Total # 4 under 2711
 Monitoring online birth registration process -Projection – Total # 6
 Formation and meeting with Union Children Forum, Projection- Total # 8 under 2711
 Orientation on Champion of Change to the youths. Projection – Total # 3 under 2711

 

Objectives 4:

To build child and youth citizenship and empower them to create positive social change by supporting their engagement and participation in national issues and Plan’s impact areas

 

Activities:

 Orientation on CP for CBCPC
 Projection- Total # 27 under 2621
 CP orientation for Local Elected Authorities (LEA) – Projection Total # 6 under 2621
 Campaigning for stopping child marriage
 Day/ week celebration
 Quarterly CBCPC meeting Projection- Total # 116 under 2621

 

Key Interventions of the project:

 Capacity building initiatives for Children and Youth forum, Local stakeholders, SAP-BD, UP standing committee ,CBCPCs , Local NGOs and CBOs.
 Community based child protection Mechanism (CBCPM) through Community Based Child Protection Committees (CBCPCs),
 Campaigning on awareness for stopping child marriage, promote child rights and ensure protection at all level.
 Union Development planning, practice for develop good governance, Sponsorship and development education as well as awareness activities on gender based violence for developing girls and young women.

 

Implementation strategy:

SAP Bangladesh will be responsible to implement the project activities with financial and technical support from Plan International Bangladesh and civil society organization (CSOs) over the period. They will mobilize children organization, youth forums, CBCPC and District level women and child rights development forum for smooth implementation of the project. The project activities will be monitored using prescribed monitoring tool. SAP-BD will conduct community consultations, mobilize and strengthen NGOs & activists working on child rights. Plan will be responsible for project reporting and documentation through SAP system in a timely manner.

 

Roles and Responsibilities of the stakeholders:

Role of Duty bearers:

District and Upazila Administration:

Both level administration will be visit CBCPC, Union Parishad, and monitor online birth registration progress and ensure technical support.

 

CBCPC:

CBCPC will be the key factors that contribute to maintain regular communication with LEA and administration to handle abuse cases. They will conduct awareness campaign in the community.

 

Union Parishads:

UP standing committees, stakeholders, community people, children and SAP-BD will sit together to assess the programs over the period with their involvement, observation, monitoring in program implementation etc.

 

South Asia Partnership (SAP)- Bangladesh: SAP- Bangladesh, the partner NGOs will be assisted to implement the project activities with the assistance of Plan over the period. They will mobilize Union & Upazilla level children organizations, youth forums and District level women and child rights development forums including Upazila and district level child welfare board for smooth implementation of the project.

 

Plan International Bangladesh:

Plan Barisal Divisional Office will provide financial and technical support to Partner for implementing activities with quality of the project. Plan will also play a coordinating role. Provide training for capacity enhancement of Government Line departments, UP and Partner. Plan staff will monitor the project activities and given feedback through coordination meeting. Plan will document the succession of the project, conduct research and evaluation.

 

Rights Holder:

Children will monitor the project activities and share findings to the adults, Partner and Plan through CRSA, abuse case reporting, UNCRC reporting, children consultation, dialog session with administration, FGD and program visit. They will organize awareness campaigns, day observation. They will contribute to review WDP and raise their issues to local government to allocate fund for their development and ensure child rights. They will support to keeping documentation on best practices.

 

Roles of different stakes:

Partner/Community Contribution to project Contribution type
Role of Duty bearers District and Upazila Administration: Both level administration will be visit CBCPC, Union Parishad, and monitor online birth registration progress and ensure technical support. Technical Support
Union Parishad & CBCPC UP standing committees, stakeholders, Community people, children and SAP-BD will sit together to assess the programs over the period with their involvement, observation, monitoring in program implementation etc. Labour
SAP-Bangladesh Supervision and time to time monitoring & provide operational support to others and implement also Technical Support
CO and Youth forum Review CDP/ Ward development plan and make sure to operate as yearly planning by proper monitoring and given feedback to respective stakes for improving quality Labour

 

Monitoring Plan:

 

Milestones Expected date of completion (dd.mm.yyyy) Responsible
Child marriage and child violence will be reduced considerably by formation and functioning of CBCPCs 30.06.2018 Plan, SAP-BD & LGI
Upazila and district level child welfare board will be formed and functioning 30.06.2018 Plan, SAP-BD & LGI

 

Monitoring Table

What and where Who When How
Project features at working area District and Upazila Administration, CSO, line department and alliance Rights holders, SAP-BD, girls and young women Mid of the year Print Project leaflet/ Brochure, Meetings, power point &manually. Training/orientation Modules, leaflet for young peoples’ use.
Progress of the project at working area CP Specialist, SAP-BD Quarterly Meetings Quarterly, six monthly and yearly reports. Photos and videos Sharing of AOM findings
Results of the project at working area CP Specialist, SAP-BD Quarterly Dissemination meeting, case study, key messages Launching Report, Round table discussion, Press conference, process documentation report.

 

 

1. Conclusion:

The “Child Rights and Protection Project in Bhola” will reach 2,500 children (of which 60% will be girls) and 5,000 number of duty bearers (Parents, government authorities, community groups, media, civilsociety and Local government institutions representatives) in 6 unions (Rajapur, Purbo Elisha, West Elisha, Dhonia, Velumia &Veduria ) of Sadar Upazila in Bhola district with a view to ensure that children are better protected from all forms of violence including child marriage through effective community based child protection mechanisms.

 

19.11 Community Led Strengthening Health Services Project

Background and Rationale:

Bangladesh has made significant progress in health indicators in recent years despite the low level of per capita income. Life expectancy at birth for both males and females has gone up since the 1980s. Infant and under-five mortality, the maternal mortality ratio and fertility rates have also declined considerably (NIPORT, 2011; 2012). But still there is huge number of children are malnourished among them 36% are stunted. 18% pregnant women have MUAC <230mm resulting 22% children are born with LBW. 31% adolescent married between 15-19 years, mean age of childbirth is 18.3 years. Percentage of Institutional delivery, anti-natal care coverage, Service utilization rate among young people, exclusively breastfed, complementary feeding are major contributors of these health outcomes at community level.

According to national health policy of Bangladesh, the provision of primary health care (PHC) services is a public responsibility, and the government is committed to fulfil this role through its own facilities, which are geographically dispersed (MoHFW, 2011). As required and quality services are being hampered due to lack of proper monitoring systems, manpower, poor management of resources and capacity of staffs, coordination between different departments of inter ministry, lack of accountability, participation of local government and community. The health systems of Bangladesh are not completely decentralized and integrated. This is because of the lack of participation of the local government and the community, particularly in the financial and decision-making processes, in which the central government is directly involved.

Bangladesh has achieved commendable progress in health and population sector development over the past 25 years. Despite these advances, major challenges remain in improving maternal and child health indicators. Compared to national data in Bhola district progress is low, In Bhola district the four accountability indicators of Antenatal Care-visit 1 is 26.6% and visit- 4 (ANC4) 12.3%, Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) 29.03%, Postnatal Care (PNC) – new-born within 2-days 21.9% (MICS-2012-13), Postnatal Care (PNC) – mothers within 2-days is 20.04 % which is still lower than national average in the identified 01 project area in Bhola district (Bhola Sadar Upazila), which is disaster prone and costal belt affected by natural disaster in every year, remote, marginalized and underserved areas. Community Clinic (CC) is a lowest tyre of health services stem in Bangladesh for covering the child women , men and under five children’s with essential primary health care services under Community Based Health Care (CBHC) project of Ministry of Health and family Welfare (MOHFW). One CC is covering around 6000 (six thousand) populations at community level. The health services of CC is managed by Community Group (CG) and Community Support Group (CSG) which is developed by representatives from community people, local government , adolescent and Community Health Care Provider (CHCP). CBHC is committed to functioning the CG and CSG for supporting smooth operation of community clinic. The CC is the first door step service provision of GOB. It has found the CG and CSG is not functioning in the project areas (selected CC under BholaSadarUpazila). Plan International Bangladesh initiated the Community Led Strengthening Health Services project for strengthen the CG and CSG to more functioning and activate in the selected community clinics. Plan International Bangladesh planned to provide financial and technical support to selected total number of 26 CC out of 43 CC of Bhola Sadar Upazila through partner NGO South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (SAP-BD). Another way to cover the remote area is through the Union Health and Family Welfare Centre (UH&FWC) which is facilitated by the Director General of Family Planning (DGFP) with more MNCH service facility at union level. The UH&FWCs of Bhola Sadar are low level of functioning. Plan International Bangladesh has planned for strengthening the UH&FWCs at Bhola Sadar Upazila through the integration with DGHS from FY 19 & FY 20.

 

Target Location:

The project will cover a total 07 Unions (Bheduria,Velumiah, Dhania, PurbaIllisha, PoschimIllisha, Rajapur, Shibpur) under Bhola Sadar Upazila of Bhola District.

 

Target Beneficiaries:

The project aim to reach total girl <18 years 69,642, total boy <18 years 69,641, total women > 18 years 51,475, total men > 18 years 51,475, including total Sponsored Child (SC) 3,600, from FY 19 the SC will be covered around 7,000, total CG members 442 and total CSG members 1,326 through functioning total number of 26 Community Clinics.

 

Overall Objectives of the Project:

570,000 children, young people and mothers including the most vulnerable, benefit from access to appropriate quality health services to strengthening govt. health system and comprehensive child upbringing and sexuality education in the districts.

 

Specific objectives:

Objective 01:

To increase representation and active participation of community members: CG, CSG, FWC management group, CSO, community leaders.

 

Objective 02:

Objective: To strengthen referral system.

 

Outcomes:

a. Mothers and children’s of the interventions areas will received quality essential primary health care service, including basic MNCH, SRHR and Nutrition services through the community lead strengthen Health Services from the community level health facilities.

b. Mother and Children’s will be benefitted from higher-level health facilities through referral services.

Outputs:
a. Develop MOU with Community Based Health care (CBHC) unit of DGHS.
b. Formation and Reformation of Community b Group (CG) Community Support Group (CSG).
c. Build Capacity to CG and CSG on functioning the Community Clinic.
d. Established a coordination mechanism with CG/CSG / Local Government and stakeholders.
e. Established referral Linkage with primary and secondary referral centres and emphasis on life threatening case especially from E category.

 

Key Interventions of the project:

Key Interventions for Community Led Strengthening Health Services Project are as follows:

a. Capacity building and Strengthening the Community level Groups
b. Coordination with stakeholders , Union Parisad and government health staffs
c. Promoting healthy family practices and essential primary health services at community clinic level through community mobilization activity
d. Function the referral system
e. Fund raising from community and sustainability

 

Implementation strategy:

The major implementation strategies are as follows:

(i) Promoting healthy and equitable family practices, safe motherhood, good nutrition practices, informed family planning, immunization
(ii) Community mobilization, advocacy and capacity building, especially for women and adolescent girls resulting in gender responsive health services;
(iii) Through community participation and leadership. A small team of Partner NGO will work directly to strengthen the CG/CSG and CC health service systems following the government role and policy guideline through engaging community people

 

Roles and Responsibilities of the stakeholders:

Role of Plan International Bangladesh

Plan International Bangladesh will provide financial and technical support to partner NGO in implementing the intervention at field level. Plan will be responsible for carrying out the activities at national level, Participate in the national level technical review sessions, training, workshops and conduct advocacy with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) including both the directorates (Directorate General of Health Services and Director General of Family Planning) for necessary support and policy reform. Plan will be also responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the intervention.

 

Role of Division Offices of Plan

– Participate in the divisional level technical review sessions, training, workshops
– Conduct different types of training and orientations at division/district/upazilla level
– Coordinate to supply supplementary training materials in the project areas
– Coordinate and collaborate with division, district and local level government officials
– Quality monitoring and supervision of program/project activities
– Advocacy and networking at division and district level

 

Plan International Bangladesh will negotiate and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with project partner NGOs and government Community Based Health Care (CBHC) unit of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Plan International Bangladesh will maintain technical supportive role with Division and District level management of Health Department under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) and selected partner NGO forsmooth implementation of this project. Approved project documents and AWP and budgets, Plan International Bangladesh will monitor the project progress to measure and systematize changes, and will support to the preparation AWPs, and progress and financial and programmatic review. The Barisal Divisional office will facilitate joint monitoring visit including programme, finance and aspects, provide support in regular project reviews, monitoring visits. Maintain coordination and conduct need-based advocacy with District, Division and National level authority of MOHFW.

 

Role of Government:

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) and Divisional Director – Health Office, Barisal Divisional Director – Health of Barisal Division, Civil Surgeon – Bhola and Upazila Health & Family Planning Officer (UH&FPO) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) will be guided the project as per government protocol and responsibility. They also will conduct joint monitoring visit as per their schedule visit. Conduct supportive supervision by first line supervisors of Health department – Assistant Health Inspector (AHI), Health Inspectors (HI).

 Civil Surgeon/Deputy Director Family Planning/ Upazlia H&F officials

The government officials will ensure supplies to the UH&FWCs and CCs and also deploy required health workers at UH&FWCs and CCs. They will visit community clinic and provide feedback. They will also visit training session and conduct sessions as an expert.

 

Role of Union Parishad:

Union Parishad (UP) will oversee the program and will quarterly monitor the activities of CC. UP will also negotiate Upzilla administration/Upazlia Health Advisory Committee for ensuring all logistic and resources available at UH&FWCs and CCs.

 

Role of South Asia Partnership Bangladesh (SAP-BD):

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (SAP-BD) is a national level NGO devoted to promote the socio-economic condition of the poorer section of the community in Bangladesh since its inception in 1984.SAP-BD is responsible to implement the project at community level by the integration with Health department of Bhola as a selected partner NGO of Plan. A project implementation team will assigned from the partner with specific role and responsibility. They will maintain regular coordination with GOB and Barisal Divisional Office of Plan International Bangladesh and Local level government authority of Health department like; Civil Surgeon (CS) Bhola, Union Health & Family Planning Officer (UH&FPO), Bhola Sadar. Maintain regular activity as per annual plan and budget line. Utilize resources of the project with very efficiently as per their organizational policy and Plan policy. The organization is also responsible for Planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, documentation and overall management.

 

Role of Communities

The CG/CSG and UH&FWC management committees will be formed with active involvement of the community people including women, children and adolescents. They will be responsible for management of the CC &UH&FWCs, resource mobilization, and supervision and monitoring. In urban slums, community development forum (CDF) will be formed and they will participate in providing satellite health services.

 

Role of Children

Selected children of a certain area will represented all other children through becoming member of CG. They will share their issues related to health services including reproductive health. Children will monitor functionalities of CC. They will also contribute in growth monitoring, immunization process. They will organize. They will also arrange football match for raising awareness.

 

Role of other Children Organizations and Community Adolescent clubs/ same vision organization:

Children’s organization and other community level adolescent clubs will be connected with mobilization on functioning CC of the intervention areas through sharing, discussions about benefits of community clinic services.

 

Roles of different stakes:

Name of Stakeholders Relationship with the project Contribute with
Health Department (CBHC of DGHS under MOHFW ) Primary duty barer –       Structure of health facility (CC) with health system

–       Human Resources

–       Service provider

–       Supervision Monitoring

–       CG/CSG operating guideline.

Plan International Bangladesh Technical partner

 

–       Provide financial and technical support to collaborate NGO of this project.

–       Contribute in technical review, sharing and advocacy in the national and divisional level.

–       Monitoring the intervention

–       Coordination and collaboration with Health, Family Planning, Local Government and other stakeholders at Divisional and District level.

South Asia Partnership Bangladesh Project Implementing partner –       Overall project implementation and management

–       Human Resources

–       Develop action plan

–       Provide capacity building training

–       Monitoring, networking

–       Coordination with government, Plan and other stakeholders

Local Government (LG) – Union Parisad Collaborative partner –       Joint effort and coordination on community mobilization
Family Planning Department Collaborative partner –       Joint effort and coordination
CG/CSG Group of Community people –       Voluntarily support

–       Fund Raising and management

Children’s organizations Collaborative partner –       Joint effort and coordination on community mobilization
Other stakeholders Collaborative partner –       Joint effort and coordination on community mobilization

 

Monitoring Plan:

 

Activities Expected date of completion (dd.mm.yyyy) Responsible
MOU Signing with Partner NGO 20.08.2017 Senior Management of Plan
Project Staffs Recruitment 15.09.2017 Partner NGO
Sharing with senior management of Health Department of Division/District&Upazila level 15.09.2017 Health Specialist and Partner NGO
Project Office Setup at implementation level 30.09.2017 Partner NGO
Ensure project office furniture and equipment 15.10.2017 Partner NGO
Induction of Project staffs 10.10.2017 Partner NGO & Plan
DevelopAnnual Work Plan (AWP) as detailed implementation plan including budget 15.10.2017 Partner NGO & Plan
Project Inception 31.10.2017 Partner NGO
CG and CSG Formation& Reformation 15.11.2017 Partner NGO
02 days duration of Basic Training on Community Group (CG) Groups 31.03.2018 Partner NGO
01 day duration of Child Protection and Gender 31.03.2018 Partner NGO
Quarterly Coordination Meeting with Union Education, Health and Family Planning Standing Committee and CG. 30.06.2018 Partner NGO
Joint Monitoring visit from District and Upazila level management 15.06.2018 Partner NGO / Plan / GOB
01 days Orientation for Local Government (UP) persons on functioning the Community Clinic. 31.12.2017 Partner NGO
01 days Orientation on CSG responsibility & CP 15.06.2018 Partner NGO
Life threatening treatment cost 20.06.2018 Partner NGO
Best Community Clinic Award 20.06.2018 Partner NGO
Developed Project sustainability and phase out plan 20.06.2018 Partner NGO

 

Monitoring Table:

 

What is monitored and where? Who? When? How?
Regular monthly project activity monitoring Leadership of UH&FPO – Bhola Sadar, Partner NGO staff : Upazila Coordinator Monthly Basis October 2017 to June, 2018 and onward. Monthly meeting of Upazila Health office, BholaSadarand project staffs.
CG & CSG Formation Reformation First line supervisors & Project Staffs : union  Coordinator  October,2017 – March,2017 Planning and leadership of UH&FPO support at implementation level.
Quarterly joint monitoring Second line supervisors of Health Department, Plan International Bangladesh and  Partner NGO Quarterly basis : Quarter 02: Oct 17 – Dec,17, Quarter 03: Jan 18– Mar 18,  Quarter 04: Apr -18 June 18 Field visit
Project progress monitoring Plan & Partner NGO Quarterly basis : Quarter 02: Oct 17 – Dec,17, Quarter 03: Jan 18– Mar 18,  Quarter 04: Apr -18 June 18 Project data review and updated and share with UH&FPO  -Sadar& Civil Surgeon – Bhola with improvement action plan, recommendations, challenges and success.
Annual Outcome Monitoring Plan & Partner NGO May,2018 Participatory consultation with community members
Systematic monitoring Plan project point person Quarterly basis : Quarter 02: Oct 17 – Dec,17, Quarter 03: Jan 18– Mar 18,  Quarter 04: Apr -18 June 18 Captured in the PO Progress Log, and later summarized in the Project Completion Report (PCR).

 

 

 

Budget for FY 2017:

Total budget is BDT 1,654,005.

 

Conclusion:

The Community Led Strengthening Health Project is planned to implement initially in 7 Unions of Bhola Sadar Upazila in Bhola District under Barisal Division. The Community Clinic (CC) health services is operating by the CBHC unit of Health Department under Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Total number of 26 Community Clinic out of 43 CCs have selected from 7 unions (Bheduria, Velumiah, Dhania, Purba Illisha, Poschim Illisha, Rajapur and Shibpur) under Bhola Sadar Upazila for FY 2017-2018 with a view to ensure that 570,000 children, young people and mothers including the most vulnerable, benefit from access to appropriate quality health services to strengthening govt. health system and comprehensive child upbringing and sexuality education in the districts.

 

20. SAP-Bangladesh Training Programs:

SAP-Bangladesh has been training small to mid size NGOs on various capacity building themes for over 20 years.

SAP-Bangladesh has many fully developed training programs that can be taught by SAP-Bangladesh trainers. Programs currently available are:

• Good Governance
• Human Rights
• Women and Child Rights
• Gender Equality
• Sexual abuse of children
• Voter Education
• Small arms
• Facilitation Skills
• Training of Trainers – Basics
• Training of Trainers on Advocacy
• Organizational Management
• Union Parishad Capacity Building

The SAP-Bangladesh Training team can also develop and teach customized Training programs to meet specific needs. Under the capacity building initiative, SAP-Bangladesh performs the following activities:

• Assess and identify training needs
• Develop training curriculum and modules
• Conduct training and evaluations

 

Type of Training available:

• Orientation Training
• Basic Training
• Refresher Training
• In-Service Training
• Workshops
• Seminars and discussion groups

 

21. Capacity of SAP–Bangladesh in Operating Micro-Finance:

There is a growing realization that poverty is the sustained or chronic deprivation of resources, capabilities, power, choices & security. People are poor, because, they are denied of their entitlements of resources, capabilities, power, choices & security. In working with the poor over the last 20 years SAP – Bangladesh has adapted the strategies of empowering the disadvantaged section of the community through promoting human rights, establishing good governance & providing services in the form of micro-finance, quality education, disaster relief & post-disaster rehabilitation etc. SAP – Bangladesh believes that, increased production, fair distribution, greater knowledge & more food would mean more food for more people. In an extreme poor country like Bangladesh, fair distribution of resources is not possible unless there is a greater production of resources. Without increasing production of economic resources, fair distribution will result in fair distribution of poverty. Therefore, SAP – Bangladesh has equally been emphasizing economic growth approach through micro-finance program. In response to the demands of the community people, SAP- Bangladesh is gradually increasing its micro-finance program.

 

22. SAP-Bangladesh’s Funding Partners:

PSU, CIDA CHC, Action Aid- Bangladesh, Danida, RTI/USAID, NGO- Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, CARE-Bangladesh, Leger Foundation, Canada, CLWR, Hope-International, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, Safer World, UK, PKSF, UNICEF, Anukul Foundation-MDF, Grameen Trust, CIDA, Canada, SAP-International, UNDP, WFP, HEIFER International Bangladesh, SHREE, Plan International Bangladesh and DFID.

 

23. Logistic Resources:

SAP-Bangladesh has its own five-storied building using for both office purposes including conference room as well as training venue and dormitory facilities of 30 persons. Besides, SAP-Bangladesh is well equipped with the adequate number of computers, audio-visual devices (multimedia, OHP, PA system etc.) along with the e-mail/internet facilities. More specifically, it has two other project offices in Mohammadpur, Dhaka with conference rooms and other logistic facilities like computers, telephones, mobiles, internet, cameras, OHPs, multi-media, VIP board etc. SAP- Bangladesh has its field offices in Sirajgonj, Gaibandha, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, and Galachipa, with adequate logistic facilities. For frequent field visits, SAP- Bangladesh has two four-wheeler jeeps, one microbus and a car. The organization also has adequate number of motorcycles and bicycles for the staffs to run the project activities smoothly.

 

24. Last three years’ annual operational budget excluding Micro Finance Program:

 

Fiscal Year Budget in BDT
2014-2015 687,280,500.00
2015-2016 705,478,525.00
2016-2017 832,004,519.00

 

 

 

25. Conclusion:

South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (SAP-BD) is a non-government national level organization devoted to promote the socio-economic condition of the poorer section of the community in Bangladesh since its inception in 1984. It began its operation in Bangladesh as a funding agency for local NGOs who were not capable of attracting funding from donors on their own competence. In the last twenty three years, SAP-Bangladesh has provided technical and financial support to more than 350 NGOs which have field operation programs in 34 districts in Bangladesh. It has a number of directly implemented programs in Patuakhali, Barguna, Bagerhat, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, and Dhaka districts. The organization is implementing different diversified projects/programs at the community level for promoting the socio-economic, socio-political conditions and position of the poorer section of the community. The organization is also implementing the disaster preparedness, response, early recovery, rehabilitation, and Disaster Risks Reduction (DRR) Projects since its inception.SAP-Bangladesh is implementing the development projects/ programs in a participatory and transparent way with its experienced and skilled staff maintaining quality, quantity and timeliness. The organization is confident enough to manage any type of development program/ project all over Bangladesh through the partner NGOs and direct delivery. Any feedback, comments, suggestions and queries if any on the profile of SAP-Bangladesh will be highly appreciated.

 

SAP-Bangladesh Contact Info:

Md. Delwar Hossain
Executive Director
South Asia Partnership (SAP)-Bangladesh
House # 63, Block-‘Ka’
Mohammadpur Housing, Pisciculture & Farming Cooperative Society Ltd.
Shyamoli, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Tel: +88 02 58155650, 8142525, Cell: +88 01720200030
Email: edsapbd@gmail.com, Skype: delwar1234561
Website: http//www.sapbd.org