Improve the socioeconomic condition and livelihoods of 1.1 million people living in poverty in the hard-to-reach areas by 2020.
Pockets of extreme poverty are particularly prevalent in the hard-to-reach regions, where often entire communities lack access to basic services and economic opportunities. A single programme intervention cannot solve these challenges. Limited connectivity not only restricts people’s mobility and their livelihood options, but also their access to essential services.
Taking a specially integrated approach in the poverty pockets of wetlands (haor), riverine islands (char), indigenous populations in north-western Bangladesh and vibrant community living around the gas field in greater Sylhet region, providing multifaceted support through a single platform that includes education, healthcare, sustainable livelihood and activities that promote women’s empowerment.
household participation ensured through village development organisation
participants lifted from ultra poverty
of households involved with income-generating activities
Whatever we do, our sustainable growth will be challenged due to climate change-related issues. Our government can replicated BRAC’s integrated development plan to tackle the impacts of climate changes in haor region.
The concept of integrated development is very effective for hard-to-reach areas. Since I visited some of the IDP covered area and observed their interventions and innovations. I found this ‘holistic’ model have that much ability to make significant positive changes in those remote areas. I also personally believe it will also be a learning material of our government to take longer initiative of development in the context of haor.
BRAC IDP is working in the sub-district of Nawabganj in the district of Dinajpur. There are around 3,000 indigenous families here. We are working with BRAC to develop their livelihood, ensure education, and integrate them into the mainstream development process.
This char was a dessert of Nole Grass (long grass) and sands at that time, nothing was here to eat. We started to cultivate the land for food such as rice, nuts, chili, beans etc. Land was flat and we made house with straw of grass. Peoples who lost their home due to river erosion started to settle here with the deep fear of local gangs. But very soon, BRAC-IDP came here to work and we started to see our hope.
My determination to lift myself out of extreme poverty to a stable financial position. With the support from BRAC and my courage, I became a successful entrepreneur and owner of a grocery and vegetable shop that locally called ‘Bou Bazar’ (Bride Market)
WHAT WE DO
Intervention in wetlands (haor)
Improve socioeconomic conditions of 1 million people living in poverty in the haor basin by 2020
Intervention in riverine islands (char)
Delivering essential services to support poverty reduction and preparedness on climate resilience
Intervention in indigenous communities
Protecting and promoting indigenous culture, building leadership capacity and advocating for indigenous peoples’ issues
Intervention in partnership with Corporate
Supporting the affected community living around the gas field in greater Sylhet division by building leadership capacity and Value chain development
HOW WE DO IT
Ensuring women's participation in decision making and representation in power structure process
Enhance access to basic services
Providing quality education, essential healthcare, legal aid support and improved water and sanitation practices
Diversified and sustainable livelihoods
Promoting agricultural farming, disaster preparedness, livelihood security, access to finance and micro-enterprise as means of income
Advocacy for strengthening development efforts
Knowledge management and dissemination with relevant actors and the government of Bangladesh
WHY IT WORKS
Providing needs-based support and services following careful analysis of each community
Single frontline staff
Trained persons ensure a holistic approach that delivers a comprehensive set of services
Closing the gap
Serving the most marginalised communities that otherwise have no access to basic services