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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.


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.


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.


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.

Latest News from Bangladesh

Dressing for Success in Bangladesh

Dressing for Success in Bangladesh

CARE’s school management committees in Bangladesh stitch learning into the lives of kids and their parents.

The start of a new school year brings much excitement and anticipation for students and parents alike. Many poor families, however, miss out on that because they can’t afford the uniforms required for their children to attend school. And when resources are scarce, families often cover the cost of the boy’s uniforms before the girl’s, thereby closing the book on their daughter’s education.

CARE’s School Management Committees (SMC), however, are...

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Sustainable Dairy Value Chains

Since 2007, CARE’s SDVC (Strengthening Dairy Value Chains) has worked with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gate’s Foundation to improve dairy farmer’s livelihoods through improved the milk production and collection systems, as well as access to market through improved transportation networks and quality services for more than 36,000 smallholding and landless milk producers' households in Bangladesh.

The project seeks to double the monthly income of the targeted...

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SHOUHARDO Continues to Push to New Heights

Funded by USAID since 2010 in nearly 2,000 of the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, SHOUHARDO II builds on the successes of SHOUHARDO I , where CARE learned that women's empowerment activities really did make children grow taller . A final...

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This 70 page report documents the findings of the SHOUHARDO II program, a Food For Peace program in Bangladesh that aims to reduce childhood stunting through women's empowerment activities. It also compares SHOUHARDO to the other 3 FFP projects in Bangladesh.

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CARE disaster response preparedness enables quick response to Bangladesh floods

On June 23 heavy rains in southeast Bangladesh caused severe flash floods across three districts. With over half a million people affected, CARE is already on the ground ready to assist over 5,000 of the people worst affected by the floods. This quick response has been largely thanks to disaster preparedness planning and the pre-positioning of emergency stocks by CARE Bangladesh.

According to CARE staff on the ground in Cox’s Bazar – the worst hit district - this is the worst flooding the southeast part of the country has seen in over 60 years. The continuing downpours over the...

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Helene and Velma, the Duck

What does a duck named Velma have to do with climate change? CARE’s Helene D. Gayle explained the answer to The Weather Channel in a series of interviews from climate change thought leaders. Check it out here .

CARE worked with women’s groups in Bangladesh to identify income generating strategies that would be...

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Push Pull Model Graduates Families Out of Poverty

People in poverty have a wide range of abilities and needs. Some are in emergencies where only direct support--in cash or in kind--can meet immediate needs. Some are more stable for the moment, but lack the economic opportunities that will help them move sustainably out of poverty. Increasingly, communities and families slide in and out of crisis in response to market, climate, and economic shocks. CARE recognizes that to address needs for these families, we need to provide both strategies that support increased economic productivity for the individuals ("push" strategies) and activities...

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Farmer's Field and Business School Toolkit

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. So far, working with FFBS has led to 65-75% adoption of improved agricultural techniques among the 50,000 women who are part of the Pathways program.

Why do we use FFBS?

The strength of the model is that it integrates multiple components including sustainable agriculture practices, market engagement, gender and equity...

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CARE FFBS Seasonal Calendar

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. This tool represents how you can organize the different pieces of work to correspond with the seasonal calendar to make the best use of time and resources for the community.

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CARE FFBS Monitoring Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. These tools help CARE and communities measure the impact of the work in food and nutrition security.

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