What did CHTDF achieve since 2003

The mutual cooperation between the Government of Bangladesh and international partners helped improve lives of the people living in CHT and, as the statistics show, improve safety in the region. Major conflicts have been prevented and twice as many people now move confidently throughout the area. In the fifteenth constitutional amendment in 2011 the Government acknowledged the tribal/ethnic communities thus setting the ground for protecting their rights and preserving their culture. Furthermore, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (BIPRA) has been drafted and once approved by the parliament it will be the first legal instrument in the country designed to protect and promote the rights of indigenous/tribal groups. Majority of the subject areas, as per the CHT Peace Accord have been transferred to Hill District Councils (HDCs) from the relevant ministries. The CHT Land Dispute Settlement Commission Act 2001 Amendment Ordinance 2016 has been promulgated while the harmonization of the CHT Laws will be completed as per the roadmap that was developed in alignment with the CHT Accord. The Government of Bangladesh stays committed to fully implement CHT Accord by 2020 as reflected in its 7th Five Year Plan.

Main achievements since 2003:

  • 829 community infrastructure projects completed and 260 kilometres of rural roads constructed or renovated
  • Trust in local CHT police increased as 287 indigenous/tribal police personnel now work in the CHT districts and over 770 local police personnel trained on working with vulnerable groups
  • Improved safety in remote areas as 19 remote police outposts renovated and 11 police stations have special women friendly police facilities
  • 132 schools across CHT provide education for nearly 7,000 indigenous children in their native languages
  • Over 20,000 children every year have improved conditions for education in 315 newly constructed or renovated primary schools
  • Basic health services enabled and improved for over half a million CHT people especially in remote areas following creation of a network of 1,000 skilled local health workers
  • 16 mobile medical teams and 80 weekly satellite clinics have been established throughout CHT
  • Due to early detection, proper treatment and preventive measures in the past ten years a number of malaria cases dropped to 1.1% from 12.8% and number of households affected by malaria dropped to 4.2% from 24.5%
  • 1,729 rice-banks established to provide option to over 50,000 household to borrow rice and overcome food shortages
  • 1,633 Farmers Field Schools (FFS) have been established to teach farmers new techniques to improve agriculture production and increase their income
  • Annual household net income increased by 19.2 per cent in 2013 compared to the 2008 baseline of BDT 85,050
  • 365 marginalized local women employed into 16 newly formed weaver groups
  • Small-scale community projects aimed at improving the status of women are now being managed and implemented by 1,935 newly organised and trained community women groups
  • Marginalized women victims of violence provided with access to legal, financial and medical support
  • 34,243 households benefit from the multi-year Capacity Development Plans prepared and implemented by the local government institutions
  • Over 10,550 people have better standards of living thanks to improved management of the forests
  • 55 Village Common Forests (VCFs), or Mouza Reserves, are supported to protect biodiversity, improve livelihoods of the people and strengthen participatory forest management
  • 3,507 Para/Village Development Committees (PDCs) have been trained, linked with banks and Government’s line departments, and supported to manage and implement community development projects benefiting over 115,000 households

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