The char areas, which fall under the Char Development and Settlement Project-IV(CDSP-IV) are highly vulnerable to sudden and forceful flooding as well as erosion and loss of land; this makes living in the chars both hazardous and insecure. Many char dwellers struggle to produce or buy enough food to eat, thus resulting in malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, which are more common in these areas than the rest of country. BRAC is implementing CDSP-IV, which is a multi-sectoral project financed by IFAD, Government of Bangladesh and Government of the Netherlands. Launched in January 2012, CDSP-IV targets marginalised people for in four chars, such as Char Ziauddin, Char Nangulia, Noler Char, and Caring Char in Noakhali district.
Specific objectives of IDP CDSP-IV are:
• Providing essential services to support poverty reduction that cannot be supported by government agencies at this early stage of development in CDSP areas.
• Providing microfinance services to enable the poor to take advantage of an improved environment and infrastructure.
• Supporting government agencies implement CDSP IV, including clean water and sanitation. Promoting human rights and legal awareness, especially for women
Components: Water and sanitation; legal and human rights; health and family planning; disaster management and climate change; homestead agriculture and value chain development; group formation, microfinance and capacity building
The project covers 80 villages, in four unions. Six branches in Subarnachar and Hatiya sub-districts in Noakhali district provide support to 11,183 households with 61,446 people.