Introduction

In the humanitarian context of the Rohingya refugee influx in Bangladesh, AAB is working in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh. AAB is responsible for the camp management of Mainarghona camp/ extension of Balukhali camp. The accountability mechanism of AAB is not just establishing a system but will enable refugees to participate in the humanitarian aid process and hold humanitarian agencies accountable. In relation to the camp management role and to ensure participation, a number of committees have been formed comprising of Rohingya refugees such as WASH committees, WATCH groups, and Youth groups and etc. As a result, these committees will play an important role to hold humanitarian actors to account on the aid process.

Background

Rohingya refugees started to stream into Bangladesh since August 2017 due to the eruption of extreme violence in Rakhine. While the Rohingya people have now found shelter in Bangladesh, concerns around their security and needs in terms of access to food, protection, health, and WASH services still prevails. ActionAid Bangladesh has been working to fight the Rohingya crisis since the beginning of the influx. ActionAid Bangladesh is primarily working to ensure the protection of women, adolescent girls and children by establishing Women Safe Spaces (WSS) along with child-friendly corners as part of the WSS.
Core Areas Include:

  • Ensure protection through preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV) and abuse by offering psychosocial support and counselling.
  • Providing need-based first-aid medical support as well as referral services.
  • Providing dignity kits, blankets, tents, solar lights, Compact Rice Husk (alternative cooking fuel) and WASH facilities through installation of tube-wells, toilets and bathing spaces.

In addition, ActionAid Bangladesh is implementing a women-centered emergency response to support the Rohingya refugees, focusing on the protection rights of women and girls. Adhering to international human rights law/humanitarian principles, we uphold the rights of the Rohingya for safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation as well as their right to adequate and appropriate humanitarian aid and assistance while in displacement. To this end, we have been focusing our advocacy efforts on identifying and communicating critical humanitarian needs with the participation of the stakeholders. We are also capturing the knowledge and sharing the main concerns and circumstances of this crisis with the local, national and international audiences; for the benefit of all stakeholders. We hope that these efforts will contribute to sensitizing the national and international decision-makers and the civil society to support this cause.

Our Reach


90 Distributed emergency tents


15,786 Distributed blankets


40,000 Complementary food package was provided


5,250 Dignity kits distributed


5000 Women Safe Space


5000 Women and adolescent girls

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Read More

Publications

The Power Within

Since its establishment in 1983, ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) has been at the forefront of disaster response and climate change adaptation efforts in Bangladesh. We prioritise gender-sensitive approaches, empowering women as leaders during emergencies. In partnership with UN Women, we are dedicated to empowering Rohingya women and girls in the refugee camp. Our project centred around Multi-purpose Women's Centres (MPWC), aiming to address the diverse needs of this vulnerable population, and recognise the critical role of women in building stronger communities. Our goal is clear: to empower Rohingya women and girls. Through MPWCs, we offer tailored services like psychosocial support, healthcare, leadership training, and livelihood skill development. We equip women with tools to assert their rights, build confidence, and drive change in their communities. This storybook captures the empowering journey of Rohingya women and girls in the world's largest refugee camp. May these stories inspire hope, courage, and meaningful conversations. We must create a world where every woman is valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.
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PROJECTS

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE DISPLACED ROHINGYA POPULATION IN BANGLADESH

Rohingya refugees are reported to have been physically and mentally traumatized by the violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) is specifically working to ensure the rights of women and children, and safeguarding them against the trauma of the crisis by building Women Friendly Spaces (WFS) and child-friendly corners as part of the WFS. In addition to looking after their nutrition and WASH needs, the WFS will also provide emotional support, ensuring that their psyches are not permanently impacted in a negative manner due to the violence they lived through. Alongside providing shelter and WASH needs, AAB is willing to provide dignity kits that are geared toward the cold weather of the winter months. Additionally, the women friendly spaces work to prevent Gender-based violence (GBV) and abuse and offer counselling to women who have faced abuse or violence. Apart from directly w
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ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE DISPLACED ROHINGYA POPULATION IN BANGLADESH

Rohingya refugees are reported to have been physically and mentally traumatized by the violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) is specifically working to ensure the rights of women and children, and safeguarding them against the trauma of the crisis by building Women Friendly Spaces (WFS) and child-friendly corners as part of the WFS. In addition to looking after their nutrition and WASH needs, the WFS will also provide emotional support, ensuring that their psyches are not permanently impacted in a negative manner due to the violence they lived through. Alongside providing shelter and WASH needs, AAB is willing to provide dignity kits that are geared toward the cold weather of the winter months. Additionally, the women friendly spaces work to prevent Gender-based violence (GBV) and abuse and offer counselling to women who have faced abuse or violence. Apart from directly w

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

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