CARE Bangladesh (2007-11) strategic plan is operationalizing a program approach. A program is a coherent set of initiatives by CARE and our allies with a long term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve lasting impact at broad scale on underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.


In this section you will find information on projects implemented by CARE Bangladesh which form our four programs. For the most up to date information please contact

Agriculture Extension Capacity Building Activity Project (Oct 23, 2012 to Oct 22, 2017): The aim of the project is to strengthen the existing agricultural extension system in 20 districts in South-West and Central Bangladesh in order to sustainably improve food security and nutrition for 200,000 vulnerable women and smallholder farmers. This project is funded by USAID and managed by Dhaka Ahsania Mission with CARE as the technical partner.

Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project (BNHSDP) (Dec 10, 2012 to Sept 30, 2016): This project, which forms part of President Obama's Global Health Initiative (GHI), will support the delivery of essential service packages through a network of around 25 NGO clinics that will reach around 20 million people in poor and underserved communities. Pathfinder International is the lead of this consortium, with CARE Bangladesh providing strategic and technical support in health, nutrition, maternal and child health. This 5-year project is funded by USAID.

Building Resilience of Urban Poor (BRUP) (2014-2016): The overall goal of this project is to enhance resilience of targeted urban communities and institutions to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, & recover from shocks & stresses. The project will be implemented in Gazipur which is a newly formed city corporation. The city hosts many garment factories and industries and vulnerable to different hazards such as water logging, fire, earthquake etc. CARE intends to address both shocks and stresses and works at both community level and institutional level in line with the Hygo Framework for Action (HFA) and Bangladesh National Plan for Disaster Management. The project is being funded by a private foundation.

CARE-GSK CHW Initiative (Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2015): CARE-GSK CHW Initiative works in the Sunamganj district with the overall goal of improving health outcomes of women and children under two years of age in traditionally underserved and poor communities of Bangladesh. This is a Glaxo Smith Kline Bangladesh funded project and is an unique public-private partnership in the health sector in Bangladesh.

Children's Safe Water Program (Sept 20, 2012 to June 30, 2014): The aim of the project is to provide the most marginalized, disaster-affected people in urban and rural Bangladesh with access to safe drinking water to prevent the outbreak of diseases, health hazards and resultant epidemics. The overall objective is also to directly contribute to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4: Reduce child mortality. This is a Procter and Gamble (P&G) funded project.

Consolidation Of A Multi-Sector, Multi-Stakeholder Approach To Humanitarian Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) In Bangladesh (Feb 01, 2013 to Jan 30, 2014): The aim of this project is to strengthen the Joint Needs Assessment capacities in Bangladesh, in order to: consolidate the successes of the assessment work over the past 12-18 months; firmly establish the tools, processes and capacities required to trigger and conduct JNAs; and to ensure this mechanism is more collectively owned by the “humanitarian community” at the country level and embedded in coordination structures and mechanisms. This project is funded by DFID.

Community Based Surveillance and Data for Decision Making (Nov 12, 2012 to April 30, 2014): The purpose of this project is to develop and test a Community based Essential Health Information System model to identify, enumerate and track pregnant women, newborns and children to improve essential MNCH service uptake (including for immunization) and strengthen data for decision-making in one sub-district of rural Bangladesh. This project is funded by is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV & AIDS Services, Information and Support (EMPHASIS) (August 03, 2009 to August 02, 2014): EMPHASIS aims to reduce the HIV vulnerability of mobile populations across the border areas of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. It works to mitigate the impact on affected communities, with a specific focus on women and operates as a pilot intervention is Jessore and Satkhira districts. This project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, UK.

Expanding Provision of Essential Harm Reduction Services for Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) – Global Fund-906 & 907 (Phase II, Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2015): The aim of the project is to reduce HIV transmission rates among the most at-risk populations (both male and female IDUs) of Bangladesh. In 906, CARE Bangladesh is implementing the project as well as providing supervisory role to the local organizations by operating 31 Drop-In-Centers whereas, in 907, CARE Bangladesh is only providing supervisory role to achieve the goal by operating 29 Drop-In-Centers. The project is funded by the Global Fund.

Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative (GWEEI) (Jan 01, 2012 to Jan 01, 2014): The aim of the project is to create an enabling environment in which women attain their full potential, positively contributing to their careers and personal lives. This project works with 15 factories with approximately 30,000 garment workers of which 82% are women. It also works with factory management - approximately 45 mid-management staff. CARE is working with these factories and women on life skills development i.e. HHN, communication, rights and responsibilities etc. A further 1,500 women will receive training on their leadership skills that will assist them in their lives and careers. This project is funded by Walmart Foundation.

Health, Nutrition & Food Security for Marginalized Children and their Families (July 15, 2010 – December 31, 2014): This initiative seeks to improve health, nutrition and food security conditions of 7998 marginalized children and their families in 40 government primary schools. The project area covers Sariakandi, Gabtoli, Sherpur, Sonatola and Sibganj Upazila under Bogra districts. This is a DANONE Japan funded project.

HIF Early Warning System (Sept 01, 2012 to Feb 28, 2014): The project will work to complement the existing early warning system for fishing communities in the Cox’s Bazaar region by further developing the system through digitization and awareness raising amongst local government and the private sector. The project will also build community capacity in early warning systems and DRR. The project is funded by Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).

Improving Delivery and Uptake of Essential Nutrition through the Health and Food System and in the Community (June 01, 2013 to May 31, 2015): The initiative seeks to improve the delivery, monitoring and uptake of essential nutrition interventions and practices through the local health and food system and the community. The project area covers all unions of Ashahuni and Shayamnagar Upazilas, under Satkhira district and all unions of Muradi Upazila under Barisal district. This is an UNICEF funded project.

Journey for Advancement in Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA): The goal of JATRA is that Union Parishads' public finance management systems are strengthened, transparent and aligned with the Local Government Act 2009. The core objectives are: strengthening capacity of the citizens, especially the poor and the marginalized, to engage in budget planning and implementation; strengthening provision and access to information and influencing social accountability practitioners with knowledge and learning for improved results through constructive collaboration and effective networking. Various governments’ institutions, from the local to the national level, will benefit from stronger accountability mechanisms which will ultimately strengthen the local government Division and the effectiveness of the decentralisation system of the government of Bangladesh. The JATRA project has been awarded by the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability and will be implemented in 8 Unions of Nilphamari district under Saidpur and Kishoregonj Upazilla; and 7 unions of Gaibandha district under Polashbari Upazilla; located in the North-West of Bangladesh. JATRA is expected to go operational from the beginning of 2014 and is going to be a 42 months long initiative.

LiLAC: Light of Life, A Change (March 01, 2012 to June 30, 2014): The project is establishing a professional training model for working children in Bangladesh. This initiative will work to learn about how to operate marketable skills training with more accountability by using local resources efficiently. The project will be implemented in the urban areas of Dhaka City Corporation and Tongi under Gazipur district. This project is funded by Societe Generale.

Nijera Cottage and Village Industries (NCVI): Established in 2008, NCVI, the producers, workers, and artisans owned social enterprise, is about fair trade where the artisans not only get a fair wage and democratically manage and run their own businesses, but also have total control over profits. The surplus generated by the social enterprise is contributing to the general well-being of local communities and helps to create sustainable social, cultural and economic life. The brand of NCVI - “Living Blue” stands for high quality, hand-made products dyed naturally using revived Bengal indigo, based on optimum technical recall, meant for high end markets. NCVI is presently funded by Eduardo Castro-Wright.

Pathways-SAMMOW (Jan 01, 2012 to May 31, 2014): The project aims to increase poor women farmers' productivity and empowerment by promoting more equitable agricultural systems. The overall goal of Pathways-SAMMOW is to enhance recognition of women for productive engagement in agriculture as producers, entrepreneurs and wage earners. Currently the project is working in 6 Union Parishads under Rangpur and Nilphamari districts. Pathways/SAMMOW is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, under CARE USA’s global initiative.

Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) (July 01, 2007 to June 30, 2014): The project works with School Management Committees to improve conditions for the most marginalized girls, including those who have traditionally been excluded from participation in formal or non-formal education. This includes cross-sector innovations that promote inclusive education and operates predominantly in Sunamganj. The project is designed as an experimental trial and is funded by the Patsy Collins Trust Fund managed by CARE USA.

Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E) (April 01, 2013 to March 31, 2014): P.A.C.E is an innovative workplace program for female garment workers (FGWs). The project is providing foundational skills and support that help FGWs advance in the workplace and in their personal life. The project also works to create a sustainable and scalable program model. The project is benefiting around 500 FGWs primarily working for GAP Inc selected Standard Group, in Gazipur and is funded by GAP.

Providing Working Children with Functional Education and Marketable Skills (WCP) (May 01, 2011 to April 30, 2014): The project aims to develop the human capital of 1,000 working children by providing them with competencies and skills that are in demand within Dhaka city. WCP is working to withdraw working children, with a focus on girls, from hazardous working environments and increase dignified livelihood opportunities in formal economic sectors. WCP is funded by Societe Generale.

Safe Motherhood Promotional Project II (SMPP II) - (April 01, 2013 to March 31, 2014): SMPP provides assistance to improve maternal and neonatal health service quality and utilization in peri-urban and rural areas. The project aims to demonstrate appropriate and replicable local implementation mechanisms for improving maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and improving approaches within the Upazila Health System (UHS) in Narsingdi and Satkhira district. The project works in collaboration with JICA and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh.

Social Economic Transformation of the Ultra Poor II (SETU II) (March 01, 2012 to Feb 28, 2015): SETU II works to sustainably graduate 20,000 extreme poor households out of poverty. SETU II is facilitating a community-led total development process to empower women and men in extremely poor households. The SETU II approach provides a holistic and sustainable way of working by ensuring the institutionalisation of development processes within and beyond the community. The project is being implemented in Gaibanda, Rangpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts. SETU II is funded by Shiree/EEP: a Government of Bangladesh and UK Aid partnership.

Solidarity and Empowerment through Education, Motivation and Awareness (SEEMA) (August 01, 2011 to July 31, 2014): SEEMA is working to promote and protect the rights of female workers through improving their human and social position. SEEMA is working with 2 million people currently working in the garment sector and 100,000 sex workers to make them active in decision-making and to facilitate changes in social and institutional norms and practices that reduce violence against women (VAW) improve social safety and promote decent working environments. SEEMA is a European Union funded project.

Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO II) (June 01, 2010 to May 31, 2015): SHOUHARDO II is assisting the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalized households to reduce chronic and transitory food insecurity through increasing and diversifying income opportunities and strengthening institutional linkages. It incorporates risk reduction and encompasses activities including agriculture, health, nutrition, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation, governance and women’s empowerment.

SHOUHARDO II reaches 370,000 vulnerable households in 172 Union Parishads, 30 Upazila and the 11 districts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Dinajpur in the North Char; Sirajganj, Bogra and Pabna in the Mid Char; Mymensing, Jamalpur and Sunamganj in the Haor and Cox's Bazar in the Coastal region. SHOUHARDO II is funded by USAID, and the Government of Bangladesh.

Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain, Phase II: Building a Hub Model for Pro-Poor Inclusive Dairy Development in Bangladesh (Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2015): This project works with 35,000 smallholder farmers in northwest Bangladesh to double their dairy-related incomes. The project aims to address the major challenges to improving smallholders participation in the value chain, including farmer mobilization and education, access to markets and access to productivity-enhancing inputs in the remote areas. Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Phase II is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project.

Stimulating Change through Access and Livelihoods Enhancement of Urban Poor (SCALE-UP) (Jan 01, 2013 to July 31, 2014): In collaboration with UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) project, CARE Bangladesh is to implement the SCALE-UP project in 7 districts of Dhaka, Rangpur and Khulna divisions, targeting approximately 10,000 poor and extreme poor people (with at least 60% extreme poor, and at least 70% women). The collaboration builds on one year of learning from a pilot partnership, and has an overall objective to improve the lives and livelihoods of the urban poor and extreme poor people in Bangladesh, especially women and girls, through value-enhancing participation in high potential economic sectors. SCALE-UP is an UNDP funded project.

Sustainable Healthcare by Enabling Improved Knowledge and Access (SHEBIKA) (Oct 01, 2012 to Sept 30, 2014): The aim of the project is to significantly improve the health, hygiene, nutrition and productivity of approximately 650 extreme poor wage-earning women connected to export markets and 3,250 family members through development of 12 commercially viable and qualified community health workers (CHW)/Private Community based Skilled Birth Attendant (PCSBA) in northern Bangladesh. The project has been implementing in the districts of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, and Bogra collaborating with Health and Family Planning departments of MOHFW and a private entrepreneur. This is a KiK Textilien & Non-Food GmbH funded project.

Sustainable Access to Land Equality (SALE) (Aug 01, 2013 to Dec 12, 2015): CARE Bangladesh in partnership with Uttaran and MJF is implementing SALE project with an overall objective to strengthen access to land and property rights for all citizens, especially the poorest part of the community in line with the overall Access-to-Land program. The project should play the role of a facilitation to engage NGOs to interact and take the support to ensure transparency and accountability in land administration and management through introduction of digital land management system for updating land records in the targeted areas. The project has been implementing in three Upazilas i.e. Amtoli Upazila of Borguna District, Mohanpur Upazila of Rajshahi District and Sadar Upazila of Jamalpur District. The project is funded by European Commission.

Tipping Point: Innovation and Advocacy in Addressing Underlying Causes of Child Marriage (July 16, 2013 to April 30, 2017): This multi-country project aims to learn about strategies to influence change-makers and root causes (drivers) of early forced marriage. In Bangladesh, CARE will work in three sub-districts of remote Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division, Approximately 5,000 marginalized girls and boys will benefit directly and 150,000 indirectly through peer groups, school management committees, youth “fun centers,” campaigns and mediation. The Project is funded by the Kendeda Fund.

Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production of Jute Diversified Products (SWITCH-Asia) (March 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2016): This project plans to assist approximately 60,000 farmers engaged in jute cultivation and 4 million people engaged in the ancillary jute subsector in Bangladesh. It aims to support a value-chain based market engagement strategy planned to improve productivity and income of poor and marginalized farmers and workers so that they can benefit from increased consumption of jute diversified products in Asia and Europe. SWITCH-Asia is a European Union funded project.

‘Where The Rain Falls’ Research project (Jan 01, 2011 to Sept 30, 2014): The collaborative project between CARE and the United Nations University aims to help stakeholders better understand and effectively address the relationship between changing weather patterns, food security, social inequalities, and human mobility. The research has been conducted in Kurigram district. This project is funded by MacArthur Foundation and Axa Group.

Where The Rain Falls- Community Based Adaptation (WtRF-CBA) project (Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2015): The overall goal of the project is to improve resilience of targeted vulnerable communities, in five villages in Kurigram district, to the impacts of the increasing variability of rainfall patterns by promoting adaptive agricultural practices and sustainable water resource management. The project has been designed based on the findings of “Where the Rainfalls” research project. The project will target 3,500 small farm holders and assist them to efficiently use available water and adopt adaptive agriculture practices. Linkages will be established with key stakeholders from Department of Agriculture Extension, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute and Bangladesh Rural Academy. The project is being funded by the Prince Albert Foundation.

JITA – A CARE Social Business: This is a newly established social enterprise, previously a CARE Bangladesh project called the Rural Sale Program (RSP) that has developed a highly innovative and commercially viable rural/urban distribution network employing marginalized women and creating a sustainable income generating opportunity. JITA also offers its expertise and advice on ‘base of the pyramid’ (BoP) markets and servicing hard to reach and underserved communities to the private sector, development organizations and academic institutes.