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The Jibika Project

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Jibika-Project

 

In 2014, Chevron announced a USD 10 million commitment to create the Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI), a five-year programme to support economic development for communities in the greater Sylhet region. Working with local non-governmental organisations and international development organisations, BPI aims to design effective and need-based social investment projects through three work streams: enterprise development, workforce development, and enabling growth and opportunity.

The Jibika project, the first of BPI’s enterprise development workstreams is being implemented by BRAC. The project‘s goals are to strengthen governance of community-based self-help groups and subsequently improve livelihoods of the marginalised farming households by promoting entrepreneurship and providing need-based training and guidance. To achieve these results, BRAC is working with over 100 village development organisations (VDOs) located around the regions of Chevron operations.

About the partnership
BRAC and Chevron believe in taking an integrated approach to supporting economic development in areas where they operate. Through Jibika, at least 20,000 people in the community will be given the resources they need to create better lives for themselves. From this group, 1,500 or more clients will establish or expand enterprises.

In addition to providing training in enterprise development and business management, as well as seed funding to VDO members, the Jibika project will establish 20 producer groups around four income-generating trades- goat, duck, and cattle rearing, and vegetable cultivation, of which Jibika will do extensive value chain development work. As part of its social empowerment interventions, the project will provide training on key social issues including dowry and early marriage prevention. Prior to all enterprise development and social programmes, Jibika will focus on improving the governance and developing the capacity of the targeted VDO and their members. The project will leverage BRAC’s integrated development programme by incorporating gender empowerment, health, microfinance, and skills training in agriculture, livestock rearing, and business development.

Objectives

  • Introduce social programming into VDOs and improve access to government services.
  • Create sustainable income and employment opportunities through value chain development in targeted sub-sectors and other need-based income-generating activities, and establish market linkages.
  • Improve the governance and institutionalisation of village development organisations.

 

Coverage

jibika-coverage

 

District

Sub-districts

# Unions

#Villages

#HHs

Total Population

Sylhet

Sylhet Sadar

3

30

1,220

6,648

Maulvibazar

Kamalganj

1

11

549

2,990

 

Sreemangal

2

11

765

4,167

Habiganj

Nabiganj

3

28

1,137

6,195

Total

 

9

80

3,671

20,000

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