Recent years have seen a perceptible increase in interest in social safety nets within developing countries. Although many critics have questioned social safety-nets as something politically expedient, stigmatizing and highly inadequate to prime concerns of the poor, the necessity of such nets was never really discarded in practice.
Going to school was never a real possibility for the children in the village of Alutila, a remote hamlet that houses a smattering of villages inmore
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Working in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and UN Habitat, UNDP believes that these communities are best placed to identify their main priorities. more
At the Dhaka Social Protection Conference in late 2011, the Government of Bangladesh announced the preparation of a National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). more
The objective of SISP is to strengthen policy and technical capacity within key Government agencies in Bangladesh. The project has a definitive focus on inclusive, pro-poor economic policy, and aims to build Government capacity for sustainable environmental planning to secure a balanced and equitable future. more
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- UN Resident Coordinator (RC) Robert Watkins recently visited the “Baro Bari” village of Dakkin Bedkashi Union of Koyra in Khulna district located in the southwest part of Bangladesh. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director of UNDP, Khurshid Alam, Assistant Country Director of UNDP and Sifayet Ullah , programme Analyst of UNDP accompanied him. The mission was facilitated by Ezabat Ullah, Field Coordinator Early Recovery Facility (ERF). During the visit the RC met with families from this vulnerable community who have received support from UNDP’s ERF project such as core family shelter and sanitary latrine, small pond for rainwater harvesting, capacity building training, facilities for safe drinking water through deep tube-well along with cash support for income generation activities. The beneficiaries told the visiting mission about their improved condition since receiving the support. Later, the team participated in a consultation meeting held at “Jurshing” village of Dakkin Bedkashi union. Around 40 villagers, mostly women joined the discussion. During the consultation meeting Mr. Watkins asked about the support from ERF after cyclone Aila. Every one expressed their satisfaction with ERF support. The villagers informed the UN mission that the embankment constructed by UNDP has been protecting the village from tidal surge. The villagers also informed that they are now more aware and knowledgeable as they received training from the project. So far the ERF project has trained 600 families on water-based livelihood management along with providing cash grant for 600 beneficiary families to initiate feasible/appropriate livelihood options at the Dakkin Bedkashi union of Koyra. 6 hours ago
- BBC's story says that UNDP Bangaldesh's Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project has helped more than 800,000 households to join roughly 2,500 community development committees, which are mostly led by women. 166,000 households are now accessing improved water sources while 143,000 households have new toilets. Over 90% of households report being satisfied with these improvements. More than 88,000 extremely poor women have been supported to set up their own businesses through small enterprise grants. 376,000 households now participate in savings and credit groups with more than $5m of savings and $3.7m worth of loans at the end of 2012. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33308274 Thursday AT 03:25 AM
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