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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Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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Children are Happy to Receive Colorful Exercise Books and Face Masks

Besides the celebration of Child Rights Week 2021 ActionAid Bangladesh provided reusable masks among about 15,000 children as one of the tools to stay safe from coronavirus, and exercise books to encourage them to study with a fresh zeal.
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Children of Madarganj Enjoys the World Children's Day and Child Rights Week - 2021

With the financial support of ActionAid Bangladesh World Children Day and Child Rights Week-2021 was observed in 5 Children Spaces in Madarganj Upazila of Jamalpur district.
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6th International Water Conference 2021

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organise the 6th International Water Conference under the theme of ‘Water, Climate and Justice in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic’’ from 27 to 29 January 2021. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to organise the conference through virtual platform this year.
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LIFE IN SHAMBLES

On my trip to Sunamganj in April, I met 32-year-old Nazma Khatun who spoke to me about her woes: “All of our cultivated paddies have gone under water. Our livelihood, children’s education, food, treatment, and shelter are under threat as we depend on the paddy. We took Tk30,000 as a loan from a Local NGO to cultivate. I don’t know how I will return the loan.”
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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM COMING UP

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh. With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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AN UNCERTAIN LIFE: ROHINGYA EXODUS TO BANGLADESH

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ROLE MODELS- BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH

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Publications

Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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Annual Reports, Publications

#COVID19: Towards Resilience

ActionAid Bangladesh along with other networks and alliances successfully influenced the review and formulation of the of the 2020-2025 strategy
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Policy Brief on Youth Budget Framework

Due to the demographic window, Bangladesh has the opportunity of harnessing youth potential for achieving long term development objectives. Even though Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has associated investment in youth with the development trajectory of the country through various plans and policies, youth related discussions are not contextualized due to absence of policy coherence and consensus on intended outcomes. Lack of structured and holistic approach towards these discussions result in ineffective implementation of well-intended policies. Hence, this policy brief, jointly developed by ActionAid Bangladesh and SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) construes that Bangladesh requires a formal, well-structured Youth Budget Framework (YBF) as part of the national budget to attain vital objectives by cashing in on demo- graphic dividend. A youth centric budget is intrinsically a framework of goals and visions to empower youths economically and socially. The designated monetary allocations in the budget will be analysed through a youth centric lens to equip the evidence-based policymaking process. In short, the youth budget framework will serve to represent the commitments of the Government of Bangladesh to invest holistically in youth development, alleviate challenges and bottlenecks which uniquely affect youths through various channels.
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Policy Brief: Impact of COVID 19 on Entrepreneurs and Workers

To utilize Bangladesh’s current demographic window, Bangladesh must harness its youth potentials to achieve the long-term development. The increased ratio of young women and men who have access to economic opportunities and sustainable income sources will help us to achieve our targeted goals. Access to flexible finances for young women and men especially those with limited indemnity to venture into self-employment or social entrepreneurship plays a crucial role if we want to reap this opportunity. The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hold the most promise for creating jobs in both rural and urban areas. But the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt this sector as much it has affected our daily lives, specially the women entrepreneurs and workers. This policy brief is an attempt to explore the situation, challenge, and way forward on youth and women responsive strategy for MSMEs.
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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

Background The current Rohingya population taking refuge in Bangladesh amounts to over 1 million, with the majority comprising women and children. They are one of the most vulnerable groups of people deprived of basic human rights in the world today. Subjected to violence and conflict, and unrecognized as citizens of Myanmar, they f

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