Bangladesh

Country Info

CARE started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949. Today, CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practices, and policy at all levels by drawing on grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.

We have made a long-term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve a lasting impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.

Our Work in Bangladesh

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

CARE Knows How Living Blue Makes Green

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CARE has learned over the years how to harness the power of inclusive businesses to spur development. With the right support, these gateway enterprises have the potential to become powerful partners and vehicles for lasting change in areas where markets are underdeveloped.

Nijera Cottage and Village Industries (NCVI) is a worker- and artisan-owned social enterprise that represents groups that work in Bangladesh.

CARE Knows How a Case of Cow Envy Changed an Entire Village

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Killani Rani lives with family in rural Bangladesh. Her husband struggled to find work, and the strain that poverty put on the family caused struggles in the household. Kallani Rani did her best to feed her family. They had one cow, but it produced so little milk, there wasn’t enough to feed her family. Then, Killani learned about a CARE program to strengthen dairy value chains. Even though it was not a cultural norm for a woman to work outside the home, Kallani Rani joined the program, where she learned about dairy cattle management.

Community Agriculture Volunteer: A Successful Front-liner of the SHOUHARDO II Program

Agriculture is the single largest producing sector of the Bangladesh economy, and both the government and NGOs are providing extensive support to this sector. To provide the beneficiaries involved in agricultural activities with services at their doorstep, the SHOUHARDO II program facilitates Community Agriculture Volunteers. Community Agriculture Volunteers are working in program areas as a change maker.

Tipping Point Key Learning Questions

These questions came out of lengthy discussions with project teams in Bangladesh and Nepal. As a learning project, Tipping Point staff and community groups will intentionally explore these questions in the course of our work with communities and networks.

1. How can community mobilization strategies be applied to change community norms related to child marriage and its root causes?

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