The programme aims to deliver a more efficient public expenditure management system with increased transparency and accountability to citizens.
To improve access to justice for the poor by reducing the inflow of cases into the judicial system, reducing the remand population in prisons, and increasing diversion of cases out of the formal criminal justice system. Covering 40 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts, it has already benefitted over 3 million poor people with improved access to accountable, efficient and effective justice services and paralegal service activities. Important response to COVID-19 in line with Business Case supporting health tracking of prisoners and health equipment in prisons.
A debt investment by CDC to Grameenphone Limited. Incorporated in 1996, Grameenphone is the largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh and is the country's largest tax-payer. The loan will help modernise the Grameenphone network and increase its capacity and coverage in rural areas which previously had limited access to mobile services.
Supporting the Government of Bangladesh through provision of technical assistance and advocacy to establish policies, budgets and plans for a more effective and efficient social protection system. This is expected to benefit around 78 million poor Bangladeshis through design and implementation of programmes which are better targeted to the poor and more focused on helping them lift themselves out of poverty. As a whole, this will support reform of the social protection system and improve the impact and sustainability of the Government’s own expenditure on social protection in Bangladesh. This contributes to MDG 1 ( ie eradication of extreme poverty and hunger) and will result in the reduction of number of people living in extreme poverty in Bangladesh but currently excluded from social protection schemes, by 2017.
UK Aid Match allows the UK public to have a say in how an element of the aid budget is spent. DFID will match fund, pound for pound, public donations to appeals made by selected not-for-profit organisations, enabling them to increase their poverty reduction and development work in DFID priority countries.
The programme is increasing access to finance for the micro and small enterprises-MSEs- in Bangladesh. It is working in three folds- 1. working with the policymakers to make the financial sector policies more conducive for MSEs, 2. setting up a credit information bureau for the microfinance sector and 3. working with the private sector to bring innovative financial products, services and delivery channels to the market that will increase MSEs' ability to access formal financial services. All these will help increase the private sector credit to GDP ratio from the existing 48% to 53% which will contribute to increase the MSE supported jobs from the existing 28million to 30million and leverage additional £93million in loans from the private sector to the MSEs. This programme is helping Bangladesh achieve the SDG target 1.4 of ensuring all men and women particularly poor and vulnerable have access to appropriate financial services.
Debt investment in the power sector to help meet Bangladesh's demand for electricity.
The Skills and Employment Programme – Bangladesh (Sudokkho) aims to enhance the provision of private sector skills training in the Ready-made Garments and Construction sectors in Bangladesh, in particular training that effectively supports the poor, women and disadvantaged populations into decent employment. It seeks to do this by applying market development principles to stimulate private sector investments in training for poor and disadvantaged people that can achieve scale and sustainability.
Increased transparency and accountability, and reduced corruption in Bangladesh through smart advocacy and adaptive programming for policy, system and community change. Critical policy areas include - addressing health sector corruption and social safety net corruption (Transparency International Bangladesh); support to returnee migrants; increasing Bangladesh's access to climate finance and supporting poor people facing climate migration (British Council).
This Fund has been set up to provide operationally relevant research support to country offices in South Asia. Studies will be commissioned on the basis of demand from DFID country offices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal and Pakistan and the context-specific evidence generated will inform the design of new programmes and improve implementation of ongoing programmes in these country offices. It is expected that the evidence generated by the programme will also be useful for other donors and the wider development community. Gender will be a key focus in the programme.
Significant reduction in incidence of stunting amongst children under two years of age in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts of Sylhet division in Bangladesh and catalyse support across government and other stakeholders for a coordinated, multi-sectoral approach to undernutrition at the national level.
Improvement in the integration of poor communities into municipal planning, budgeting and management, with a particular focus on women and girls and climate resilience; piloting of options for scale up and lesson learning at national level to inform overall urban policy and poverty reduction
Contributing to shared prosperity and development through projects which support improvements in young people's education, strengthen English language teaching and encourage collaboration between citizens and the state.
To provide support to BRAC’s development programmes to improve access to quality basic services (health, education, water and sanitation), help the poorest, most marginalised people across the whole of Bangladesh graduate from extreme poverty, support inclusive growth and help build effective formal and informal institutions. UK support will include: helping over 950,000 children (600,000 girls) gain a decent education; providing additional nutritional support to 11 million people (7 million women and girls); helping 5.7 million girls and women gain access to family planning services; providing at least 75,000 people with sustainable access to clean water and sanitation; and lifting 240,000 women and their families (over 960,000 people) out of extreme poverty.
The purpose of Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund 2, BICF2, is to reduce poverty in Bangladesh by catalysing private sector investments and creating jobs through an integrated investment climate reform programme. BICF2 will help the Government of Bangladesh to modernise and reform key elements of the regulatory framework, improve private sector access to industrial land, energy and infrastructure, and enhance export diversification and sector competitiveness in three sectors. BICF 2 aims to strengthen investment climate and hence reduce poverty in Bangladesh through sustained pro poor economic growth. This will contribute to the creation of 50,000 additional formal jobs, at least 40 percent of which will be for women £325 million of additional private sector investments businesses saving £164 million from reduced compliance costs through improvements in the regulatory environment and four special economic zones becoming fully operational
To deliver manifesto commitments on education and contribute to the global goal of inclusive and equitable quality education for all. To ensure underprivileged youth, especially females, have improved opportunities for basic education, vocational skills and formal employment. To contribute UK government's commitment to women's economic empowerment. To provide basic education and skills development training to over 27000 including 45% girls disadvantaged adolescents and youths.
To contribute to the global goal of healthy lives and well-being for all and manifesto commitment on family planning. It will develop 5500 competent and licensed midwives in the public and private sectors and establish midwives as a professional cadre in Bangladesh. It will build capacity of BRAC University and the public institutions to provide standard diploma midwifery education and integrate midwifery in the health system through supporting UNFPA. It will develop midwifery society in the country with support of the RCM.
The project aims to address the ongoing needs of over 800000 Rohingya refugees, who were displaced by the Myanmar military in August 2017. UK support provides food aid to around one million of them since the influx in August 2017, improved shelter for 400,000 families and clean water and sanitation for over 300,000 people. They also get cooking gas to stop the destruction of forest for firewood. Over 500,000 people will also be supported for sexual and reproductive health and over one million people with other health services. The vulnerable Bangladeshi communities, who host them will also get support. Thus, both groups will lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives. The project will also strengthen disaster preparedness and help to reduce the cost for disaster response through a joint UN and civil-society programme. Around 500,000 people will get timely and cost-effective aid following disasters.
Projects funded through Fleming Fund will benefit people in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of drug resistant infection is greater.
Investment by CDC into Sirajganj 4 - a power plant project in Bangladesh to tackle the country's power shortage.