Country Strategy Paper

5TH COUNTRY STRATEGY PAPER

ActionAid International Bangladesh has entered its fifth strategy period from 2018 to 2022. After successfully ensuring key achievements from the last CSP, AAIB believes the new goals will strengthen the aspiration and confidence of the organisation to work for rights, justice and challenge discrimination of all forms which it has gained over more than three decades through playing pioneering role of advocacy on rights and social justice.
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SRHR AND NUTRITION COLLABORATION FAIR

ActionAid Bangladesh advocates for women rights to food and nutrition security and as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. To address the issues AAB has several flagship projects including Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER) and others. AAB believes that collaborated coordination of different organizations working for ensuring SRHR and nutrition rights can deepen understanding of these issues.
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SAVE RIVERS, SAVE LIVES

Defining life can be a complex task but not impossible when it comes to recognising river as a living being. Water is one of the most essential elements for human life and river is one of the prime sources of it. While South Asian countries are blessed with hundreds of rivers, many of which are trans-boundary, these resources are being killed through unplanned development, encroachment, pollution and climate change impacts.
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ROHINGYA WOMEN LIVING BETTER, SAFER

It has been 18 months since the mass influx of Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar and coming to Bangladesh. But now, with continuous efforts and interventions, the scenario of the Rohingya camps have been changed a lot. Now the women are taking initiatives for bringing betterment.
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DEVELOPING COMMUNITY, LEADING THE CHANGE

Empowering women and young people through ensuring their leadership has been one of the key working areas of ActionAid Bangladesh. Last year, Angikar Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (ASUS), with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh, involved 150 young people through establishing a youth digital club at Panchagarh. Through this initiative 27 young girls came into leadership and initiated different advocacy.
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NATIONAL CONSULTATION WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

While in one hand, unemployment is a challenge for the youth of the country, many industries are facing lack of skilled manpower. Industrial based apprenticeship training can bring a solution in this case. With this view, Access to Information (a2i) with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh organized a national consultation workshop with public and private level stakeholders where the discussants talked on different issues regarding the possibilities and challenges of employment opportunities for youth in the informal sector.
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PREVENTING VAW DURING DISASTERS

According to different statistics of Bangladesh, many women here face violence in one way or other. During disasters, women become more vulnerable to violence. For this, to prevent violence against women during disasters and ensure proper response to the victims of violence, ActionAid Bangladesh, with the support of UNFPA arranged a training workshop in Barishal, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Sylhet and Khulna.
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RAISING VOICE AGAINST VAW THROUGH THEATRE

While the entire world observed 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women, a two-day long programme has been organized at Rohingya camp to raise awareness among the community. With the support of UNFPA, ActionAid Bangladesh initiated the programme where a group of ten artists performed interactive theatre drama in front of the Rohingya people.
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RISING TO END VAW

Expressing solidarity with the global campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ to end violence against women and children, Bangladesh observed the day on 14 February 2019. Bangladesh Association for Community Education (BACE) and NDBAS in association with ActionAid Bangladesh organized campaigns at Madarganj and Kalyanpur area where hundreds of women and children took part to raise their voice against VAW and child marriage.
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WOMEN SHACKLED BY WORDS

We shed our blood to protect our mother tongue, Bangla. But, ironically, our very own mother language is now being used against women. If we closely look at the abusive words which are commonly used in our society during any heated argument or fight, we will notice that almost all of them are women-centered violating their dignity.
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WORKSHOP WITH THE JOURNALISTS IN COX’S BAZAR

Since the beginning of the Rohingya crisis, journalists have played a significant role to cover the issues and facts of the crisis. Considering the possible scopes and challenges of covering Gender Based Violence issues more intensively, ActionAid Bangladesh organized a workshop with the journalists in Cox’s Bazar with the support of UNFPA and Canadian High Commission.
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YOUTH VOICE TO ENSURE CLIMATE JUSTICE

Climate change is affecting everyone, specially vulnerable communities. Engaging young people’s voice is therefore needed to bring change. To encourage the young people to raise their voice in global platform to ensure international fund and climate justice to fight climate change, Youth Environment and Social Development Society (YESDS) organized ‘Dhaka Climate Talk 2018’ in association with Stamford University Bangladesh, ActionAid Bangladesh, Oxfam and Independent University, Bangladesh.
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