Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility

What is the project about?

woman at health camp
The CHT Development Facility’s work in the Chittagong Hill Tracts has involved supporting health services that are accessed by millions of people. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

The capacity of CHT institutions has been strengthened through the provision of institutional, technical and managerial strengthening of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tract Affairs, Regional Council, and three Hill District Councils, all of whom are crucial to ensuring robust governance across the region.

Communities across CHT have been empowered through the formation of 3,457 Para Development Committees, in turn benefiting 115,107 households across the region.

905 Farmer Field Schools have been established cumulatively, helping over 19,700 farmers gain new and innovative farming techniques. Furthermore, food security has increased for 50,000 households as a result of 1,729 established Rice Banks. 

Hill District Councils are now successfully managing the delivery of health services in CHT. In 2014, the health services comprised of over 850 Community Health Service Workers and 16 mobile medical teams. Since the commencement of the project, 2.5 million patients have been treated and over 2,800 safe births ensured. 

More than 20,000 children in the CHT have gained access to education through 315 schools managed by the Hill District Councils. Mother tongue based pre-primary multi-lingual education tools have been rolled out across 7 ethnic communities in the region, reducing language barriers faced in school. In 2014, 95% of all project supported students who sat the Primary Education Certificate passed. 

Mother tongue based multi-lingual education remains central to growing enrolment and reduced dropout rates amongst primary schools in the Hill Tracts. In 2014 the Facility, through the Hill District Councils, built on previous efforts with the successful roll out of pre-primary multi-lingual education materials to 7 ethnic communities across the region

Advocacy efforts have contributed to the commitment by government to transfer 1,500 indigenous/tribal police officers to be stationed in their home districts.  Over 280 police officers have been transferred to date. Furthermore, 600 Community Police Forums have been reactivated and 610 local police personnel trained on the CHT context. 

What have we accomplished so far?

Capacity of CHT institutions strengthened through provision of technical support in participation in planning and implementation of multi-sectoral development projects.

Remote communities across CHT empowered through formation of 3,257 Para (local communities) Development Committees and 1,686 Para Nari Development Groups (Women’s Groups), and provision of micro-grants for community projects.

A model for community-based health services in remote areas developed through a network of 1,000 Community Health Service Workers, backed by 16 Mobile Health Teams with 80 Satellite Clinics across 15 Upazilas (lowest tier of government).

  • 300 schools supported in remote areas, benefiting over 20,000 children. School Management Committees supported in school building, renovation and improved management of schools. Quality of education strengthened by recruitment and training of 700 teachers; and multilingual mother tongue education methods and materials developed in 11 local languages.
  • Communities, government staff, and NGO partners have greater awareness of gender issues and women's empowerment.

Who Finances it



Donor
Amount
2013
UNDP
$ 16385000
EU $ 92574245
CIDA $ 13918599
Denmark $ 12078132
USAid $ 7170978
Other Cost sharinng  $ 3456121
2012
EC
$ 3762037
DANIDA
$ 1399736
UNDP
$ 1025205
2011
CIDA
$ 2094241
EC
$ 13764198
DANIDA
$ 1318222
UNDP
$ 2905424
2010
CIDA
$ 2923977
EC
$ 13004512
AusAID
$ 23779
UNDP
$ 2461243
2009
Japan
$ 89930
CIDA
$ 3993610
EC
$ 5715929
DANIDA
$ 965997
AusAID
$ 83275
UNDP
$ 564614
2008
CARE
$ 97098
CIDA
$ 4906771
EC
$ 13783875
AUSTRALIA $ 191939
UNDP $ 2654065
2007
EC
$ 7981764
AusAID
$ 53433
NORWEGIAN $ 411353
UNDP
$ 723881
2006
CANADA
$ 26549
EC
$ 4105108
AusAID
$ 61069
NORWEGIAN $ 391469
UNDP
$ 549478
2005
EC
$ 4678324
UNDP
$ 231414
2004
NORWEGIAN $ 807037
UNDP
$ 1847687
2003
UNDP
$ 1281238

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2012 $ 12091679
2011 $ 23407002
2010 $ 18283197
2009 $ 12606380
2008 $ 14171234
2007 $ 9362821
2006 $ 7561770
2005 $ 3804252
2004 $ 3606437
2003 $ 1281238
Project Overview
Status
Active
Project start date
15 April 2003
Estimated end date
30 September 2015
Geographic coverage
25 Upazilas in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khaghrachari in Chittagong Hill Tracts
Focus Area
Sustainable development and confidence building
Project Officer
Shaila Khan
UNDP Project Manager
Henrik Larsen
Development Partners
EU, CIDA, DANIDA, Implementing Partners: CHT Regional Council, Hill District Council, Circle Offices, Upazila Parishad, Union Parishad, Para Development Committees, NGOs
Project Documents
Project Document