Strengthening Inclusive Development in Chittagong Hill Tracts

SID-CHT project is implemented in all 121 Unions of 26 Upazilas in three Hill Districts of Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.  It's main focus is inclusiveness of all communities in the area, and it will have a stronger impact on ecosystems, social development, and development of institutions. A total of 5,000 communities with 150,000 rural and urban households will be direct beneficiaries of the project and will include the extreme urban, rural poor and vulnerable groups including women. In addition 47,500 poor marginal farming communities will have increased access to resilient livelihoods and 15,000 poor households living in urban slums improved opportunities and access to basic services and savings schemes.

 What have we accomplished?

Even though several parts of the Peace Accord have not yet been implemented, peace has been consolidated in the region. Namely, 65% of over 2,500 surveyed households reported that they confidently move everywhere outside their own village as compared to 34.5% prior to the Accord. The survey results and an external evaluation showed that UNDP’s programming and presence in the CHT have contributed to promoting and sustaining peace and development in CHT. As of 2015, 287 indigenous/tribal police personnel have been transferred to the CHT districts  while police capacity more broadly has been increased through the renovation of 19 police outposts, establishment of 11 women friendly police facilities, and the reactivation of community police forums in all 121 Unions of the CHT region. Harmonization of national with CHT related laws and regulations is well-underway with 38 laws and acts brought into line with government standards. 

Multi-lingual and mother tongue education have been introduced in 132 schools. Over 20,000 children have received access to primary education through 315 primary schools, managed by Hill District Councils (HDCs) with support from UNDP. A network of 1,000 Community Health Service Workers (CHSWs) and Community Skilled Birth Attendants (CSBAs) has been established, providing over half a million CHT people with increased access to basic health services. Furthermore, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) signed an agreement to provide salary support to CHSWs and CSBAs from 1 October 2015 until the 30 June 2016. A total of 3,507 Para/Village Development Committees (PDCs) and 1,935 Para Nari/Women Development Group (PNDGs) have been organized, trained and supported to manage and implement community development projects benefiting 115,107 households across 26 Upazilas of CHT. Following a Household Survey in the CHT in 2013, people are now much better fed, recording a 56% reduction of food deficient months from 2008 baseline (1.2 months per year down from 2.7 months). Average per-capita daily food energy intake now surpasses the poverty line, from 1,797 kilo-calories in 2008 to 2,033 kilo-calories in 2013. These outcomes were achieved through a series of interventions, including the establishment of 1,729 rice-banks and 1,548 Farmers Field Schools (FFS) that helped small farmers improve production. These significant achievements confirm the importance of the CHTDF’s assistance in the area, and the need for continuation of the intervention.

SID-CHT project is implemented in all 121 Unions of 26 Upazilas in three Hill Districts of Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.  It's main focus is inclusiveness of all communities in the area, and it will have a stronger impact on ecosystems, social development, and development of institutions. A total of 5,000 communities with 150,000 rural and urban households will be direct beneficiaries of the project and will include the extreme urban, rural poor and vulnerable groups including women. In addition 47,500 poor marginal farming communities will have increased access to resilient livelihoods and 15,000 poor households living in urban slums improved opportunities and access to basic services and savings schemes.

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

October 2016

Estimated end date:

September 2021

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Bangladesh

    Implementing partner:

    Min of Chittagong Hill Tracts

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Government Of Denmark
  • Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Asian Development Bank
  • European Commission
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Amount contributed

    $23,004,150

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $1,900,964

    2019 $5,128,387

    2018 $3,548,696

    2017 $3,777,206

    2016 $1,079,069

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