Improving the socioeconomic conditions and livelihoods of indigenous people living in the plain lands of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has diverse ethnic groups and cultural practices, and is home to a large number of indigenous communities. These indigenous communities face a multitude of challenges, including seasonal unemployment, lack of information, land grabbing, lack of access to mainstream services, social security or amenities and extinction of their culture.
Empower indigenous people through improving livelihood opportunities, promoting indigenous culture, building leadership capacity and advocating for indigenous peoples’ issues. We work with 84,000 indigenous people in seven upazilas and three districts in Northwestern Bangladesh, through 287 Indigenous Village Development Organisations.
65% of people received training on a variety of income generating activities
Average annual incomes increased by 36%
46% of people now have access to safe sanitation facilities
6% increase in rate of secondary education (from 5%-11%)
2,569 students received education support at secondary, higher secondary and university levels
4,017 households living in poverty linked with Government of Bangladesh and BRAC to receive local services
WHAT WE DO
- Creating enabling environments: Improving access to information and basic services
- Improving socioeconomic conditions: Improving livelihoods and increasing access to safe sanitation
- Community empowerment: Strengthening leadership capacity of young people and community leaders
HOW WE WORK
- Training on income generating activities and referral support
- Ensuring access to safe sanitation coverage through a community-led approach
- Providing financial support to students who cannot afford registration fees for national examinations
- Capacity building for men, women and young leaders
- Creating social awareness about important issues through village development organisations
- Advocacy and networking with media and local service providers
WHY IT WORKS
- Intensive, integrated and customised support, taking into consideration each group’s limitations and vulnerabilities.
- Enhancing the leadership capacities of the community leaders, both women and men, so that they are aware of their rights, can access services and can raise their voices for their communities.
- Solidarity meetings and dialogues with upazila level government representatives create opportunities to exchange ideas and views and share the diverse needs of the communities.