and other organisations and individuals, the government and communities to complement and add value to one another’s work, for a comprehensive approach to tackling poverty in Bangladesh. We aim to reach at least 698,216 people directly by 2015. As the results are subsequently scaled up with our partners across the districts, the total reach will be at least 2.5 million impoverished and marginalised people. Our thematic areas are: Good governance
Good progress has been made in democratic governance in Bangladesh, yet much remains to be done to translate this into real improvement in areas such as living standards and social inequality. With support of our NGO partners and international volunteers, we build strong and effective people’s organisations through our citizen committees and youth clubs, which represent and comprise of disadvantaged members of our target communities. Citizen committees are linked closely to local governance bodies, such as the Union Parishads to increase accountability, transparency in budgeting and decision-making, and effectiveness at fulfilling their mandate of service delivery and community development. Youth clubs focus on model villages to support the design, implementation and replication of initiatives, targeting specific drivers of local poverty which can be tackled through improved local governance. Sustainable livelihoods
Thirty-six million Bangladeshis are chronically hungry, by 2050 this will have grown by 100 million more. Bangladesh is also extremely vulnerable to climate change and declining freshwater resources. Here technical skill in agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries is low and marginalised farmers are poorly connected to marketing chains.
Our approach includes identifying and replicating community-designed innovations, such as diversification of agriculture and using water more efficiently, while taking into account local skills, resources, practices and challenges. We also bring in relevant ideas and practices from both the developing and developed countries through our international volunteers. This is done by capacity building among local producers, both to establish market linkages, and to improve and diversify their livelihoods practices. Inclusive health rights
Although Bangladesh has made promising progress in raising its overall health status and living standards, critical primary health problems persist. The country suffers from widespread childhood malnutrition, and has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. There is also a high incidence of preventable diseases, due to the lack of access to and information about sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and sexual health.
We work to improve quality of and access to rural primary healthcare services. Through the expertise of our healthcare volunteers, we will build technical capacity among targeted groups of community healthworkers, especially in maternal health and community clinics. We also build capacity among the youth clubs as peer educators in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, nutrition, and hygiene and sanitation. We will support the activation of government health services, to increase local awareness of and access to the services available.