Supporting 110 registered community-based village development organisations to become sustainable and growing the incomes of 4,500 households in vulnerable situations surrounding Chevron-operated gas fields by 2022.
The development of gas fields in Greater Sylhet affected the livelihoods of many communities, and so a need arose to develop people’s capacities to diversify their incomes.
Jibika focuses on socio-economic development, through community-led organisations, and is implemented by BRAC in partnership with Chevron through their Bangladesh Partnership Initiative. Phase I focused on cooperative formation, institutionalisation and enterprise development, and Phase II (initiated in May 2019) focuses on ensuring the sustainability of cooperatives formed.
110 village development organisations registered with Department of Cooperatives, running independently and working as service and information centres.
58% executive committee roles in village development organisations held by women.
57% micro-entrepreneurs have access to finance for enterprise development.
5,280 members trained on skills such as leadership, fund management and cooperative governance.
WHAT WE DO
- Strengthen cooperative governance
- Enhance the growth potential of cooperatives and their members
- Build coalition with government, private and other relevant stakeholders to support the vision of developing sustainable VDOs
WHY IT WORKS
- Cooperatives are set up to be compliant from inception and trained members ensure the cooperative’s institutionalisation and transparent governance.
- Autonomous decision-making processes promote participatory contribution in cooperative, individual and community development.
- Self-governed cooperatives through democratically elected executive committees help in fund mobilisation and addressing social conflicts.