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Project Name : Empowering Marginalised Communities of Bangladesh towards Achieving Agenda 2030

Doner : Islamic Relief USA

Sector : Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihood Development

Area : Bhurulia, Shyamnagar (sadar) & Ishwaripur Union under Shymnagar Upazila

Time Line : 1September, 2021 to 28 February, 2024

Brief of activities :

The country has achieved remarkable progress in a number of development indicators such as steady GDP growth, poverty eradication, child mortality reduction, improvement of maternal health and employment over the last two decades. However, 40 million people still live below poverty line whereas 21 million is extreme poor. COVID 19 Pandemic has made the situation even worsen. 

A brief needs assessment was conducted in the target areas recently which shows that prevalence of weak economic and social rights in the form of social exclusion, inequality, poor governance, gender gap is widespread. The target areas are also the most climate vulnerable areas. While, the south-western coastal areas are experiencing frequent cyclones and storm surges, resulting in denial of basic human rights - rights to livelihoods, education, food security, clean water, health, sanitation, and housing. This leads to rural to urban migration of poor people and increases unplanned urbanization that develops slum areas with risk of fire, earthquake and water logging. In the backdrop of increased poverty, vulnerability, growing impact of climate change associated with COVID 19 pandemic among the marginalized communities, achievement of Agenda 2030 remains a huge challenge. Efforts from the national and international community is not adequate in meeting the needs of the impacted community. 


  • Enhanced sustainable livelihood opportunities and empowerment of marginalized communities.
  • Institutions and communities in the targeted climate vulnerable coastal areas are better prepared to climate change impacts.
  • Increased engagement of the duty bearers and service providers for ensuring rights and entitlements.