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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

Displaying 134 Projects

Projects : Bangladesh

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2012

Advancing Human Rights and Women’s Rights within an Islamic Framework across South Asia

Promoting gender equity and women’s rights within an Islamic framework in South Asia, as part of a regional program across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan by fostering an exchange of ideas and discourse in South Asia on the relationship of Islam, human rights, and women’s rights; creating a locally appropriate training curriculum for religious leaders in South Asia to advance social justice for women; and providing orientation on this to religious leaders

Total Expenditures: $65,745

2012

Climate Change Perception Survey

Conducting nationwide public perception survey of the impact of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of communities affected by, or at-risk from climate change; gathering their views on the quality of climate change adaptation programs being implemented in their communities by the government and NGOs; and soliciting their recommendations on other measures that could be taken to improve adaptation to climate change

Total Expenditures: $23,112

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Community Based Policing

Delivering intensive training and facilitation to both local police and communities to create effective and sustainable community policing forums in communities across Bangladesh’s northwestern Rajshahi and Rangpur Divisions

Local Partners:

Gana Unnayan Kendra; Light House; Manab Kallyan Parishad; RDRS

Total Expenditures: $860,795

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia (COENCOSA) Phases 1 & 2

Conducting a study to highlight the gains that would accrue to consumers of five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) from enhanced regional trade integration. Presenting major findings of the study at a regional meeting in Kathmandu in February 2012. Building upon the results of the research, deciding that next phase activities would be result- and action-oriented, focusing on procedural non-tariff barriers and on awareness raising, including media coverage, networking and advocacy within each of the five countries and across the concerned countries.

2012

Distribution of books to schools, universities, public libraries, and other institutions throughout Bangladesh

The Books for Asia program in Bangladesh successfully added about 284 new recipient institutions in its donation program in FY12. In FY12, a total of 510 organizations received 52,289 books and other materials through the Books program. This year BFA reached 116 girls schools and colleges in 29 districts across Bangladesh. 11,543 books and educational materials were distributed this year to support girls’ education in Bangladesh. A total of 126,818 girls will benefit from this program.

Total Expenditures: $98,159

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Election Observation and Voter Education for Local Government Elections in Bangladesh

Conducting education and outreach to ensure voters from a range of different backgrounds, including poor and marginalized groups (especially women), are informed; Nationwide election observation to ensure local government elections are conducted in a transparent, free, and fair way, and in compliance with established voting regulations

Local Partner:

Election Working Group

Total Expenditures: $16,063

Funding Sources:
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
2012

Improving Elections and Strengthening Democracy in South Asia

Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations for voter education, election observation, and advocacy for electoral reform. Supporting the Election Working Group coalition during local government elections to undertake voter and civic education programs, a pre-election survey, and pre-election, election-day, and post-election observation

Local Partner:

Election Working Group

Total Expenditures: $53,874

Funding Sources:
United States Department of State
2012

Local Economic Governance program

Improving business environment at the subnational level through public private dialogues in select program districts to support private sector development and growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

Local Partners:

Rangpur District Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Barisal District Women Business Forum; Sylhet District Women Business Forum; Rajshahi District Women Business Forum; Rangpur District Women Business Forum; Bangladesh Federation of Women Entreprenuers; Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI)

Total Expenditures: $90,149

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Promoting Democratic Institutions and Practices

Contributing to creating an effective and open parliament and promoting constructive engagement of parliamentary and civil society actors in research-based policymaking and legislation

Local Partners:

State University of New York’s Center for International Development; Bangladesh Parliament; reputed local and national civil society organizations, universities, and research institutes in the country

Total Expenditures: $4,183,908

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Promoting Women’s Rights within an Islamic Framework through Madrassas in Bangladesh

Adapting and introducing a tested curriculum on women’s rights within an Islamic Framework for use in secondary schools madrassas to increase the understanding of madrassa leaders, teachers, and students on social justice for women as a key principle within Islamic texts and teachings

Total Expenditures: $55,909

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