Women's Leadership Network, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh

Bangladesh Report – April 2012

Update on activities and progress across The Hunger Project’s Communities in Bangladesh

Executive Summary

Child Health Care Programme, The Hunger Project Khulna Region BangladeshDuring this reporting period, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh staff and volunteers carried out more than 10,000 bottom-up, gender-focussed activities in 804 clusters of villages (unions) across 57 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts (zilas). This work continues to take place through the dedicated work of THP staff, volunteers, and partners across all seven administrative divisions of the country under a three pillar strategy: Social Mobilisation for Self-reliant Action; Interventions for Gender Equality; and Strengthening Local democracy. Across these core pillars THP-Bangladesh runs a series of programmes in the following thematic areas:

  • Community Mobilisation
  • Gender Equality
  • Village Development Campaigns
  • Youth Ending Hunger
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Good Governance
  • Advocacy and Alliances

As part a result of strategic planning process, THP-Bangladesh has re-prioritised the 300 unions where it is currently working and will focus intensively on 80 unions in 2012-2015. With increased resources and integrated mobilisation campaigns, the goal is to move these priority unions towards the achievement of the MDGs so they may become models of success.

Significant Accomplishments

  • THP-Bangladesh conducted four special Animator Training Workshops with participation of 336 newly elected people’s representatives from 30 Union World Food Day - 12,000 Hunger Project Animators Gather in BangladeshParishads (UPs). An exciting outcome of the workshops was the decision to adapt the strategy of THP-Bangladesh in a three-way partnership between the UP representatives, animators and THP-Bangladesh with a goal of achieving the MDGs within those unions.
  • A large-scale governance campaign on voter rights and awareness took place in Narayangonj and Comilla. A total of 25 meetings, with nearly 10,000 participants, were organised for the campaign, whose primary goal is to enhance voter education and promote 2009 Right to Information Act. The Bangladesh Election Commission, a government institution that works to ensure voters are informed and empowered to elect honest and competent candidates, was a key partner in this initiative.
  • The Women’s Leadership Network is expanding, with more than 500 women joining this reporting period.
  • Dr. Badiul Alum Majumdar from The Hunger Project-Bangladesh speaking about empowering women as change agents at global bank investor, CitiFor National Girl Child Day in September, THP partnered with the Women and Children Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh to host more than 400 events around the country with more than 55,000 participants.
  • Total of 2,825 girls and boys were trained as youth leaders through 68 Active Citizens Workshops and three Youth Leadership Trainings. These youth leaders implemented 136 strategic action plans on different social issues such as: illiteracy eradication, prevention of early marriage, sanitation, tree plantation, etc.
  • In addition, 144 self-help groups formed and their total savings has reached Tk. 1,095,682 (£10,000) and an additional 65 self-employment initiatives took place in 69 unions, benefiting 4,279 women and men.

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