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Enhancing Community Based Inclusive Development in Bangladesh

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Enhancing Community Based Inclusive Development in Bangladesh



 (Narrative – 500 words max including project aim/goal, approach, beneficiaries, intended changes etc.) 

The project “Enhancing Community Based Inclusive Development in Bangladesh” aims to create a model on Community Based Inclusive Development practices led by Local Government Institutions, service providers and communities through the combined efforts of people with disabilities themselves, their families, organizations and communities, and the relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations and service providers.

The project has been working with the Self Help Groups, OPDs at the local level for advocacy and the Citizen forums. OPDs has been supporting the capacity building process of the SHGs and Apex bodies – they connect SHGs with a network at the local level under the local OPD alliance at Chattogram level, which coordinates the local level advocacy issues through identification of the issues and supporting the SHGs and Apex bodies in conducting advocacy with the local level service providers.

Local governance is one of the focus areas of this project. The project facilitates participation of persons with disabilities in the local governance processes in the communities. The project has been contributing to the make the local governance processes disability inclusive. The change agents are the Union Parishad Chairman and the Secretary at the Union Parishad level, the officers in the local government department and services providers and the leadership and management of local partner NGOs. The change advocates are SHG/apex committee members, DPO executive committee members. The project builds the capacity of elected representatives of UPs and members and secretaries of various UP committees on CBID. The partner NGOs, SHGs, CFs and apex bodies hold sensitization meetings with representatives of LGIs and service providers. The project also motivates the UPs for organizing Open Ward meetings, Open Budget events, etc. at the union level and facilitate the process. At the district and division levels, the project holds regular meetings and consultations on disability issues with the Local Government Division (LGD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and other relevant government offices.

The health and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in target locations is one of the major focus areas of the project. The project directly works with Department of Health at national level and plan to sign an MoU with them for capacity development of local level health service provider on disability identification, assessment, referral. CDD developed an MOU with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) office in Dhaka to provide Upazila wise training to health providers of the local health structures and to establish a referral mechanism. In addition, the project’s field-based staff such as the CBID programme officer, CBID facilitator and rehabilitation facilitator project provide coaching on identification, assessment and referral to the service providers at local health structures.

The project has been working for enhancing the economic condition of persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups by undertaking a number of activities. It developed a livelihood strategy and plan at project locations and established a database of identified persons with disabilities, their family members and marginalized groups for livelihood interventions. The project created linkages with different government departments for skill development training and arrange vocational and business management training for persons with disabilities and their family members. The project also established a revolving fund, which are currently being utilized and will continue after the project period by persons with disabilities.  

For enhancing the disaster resilience of community members, including persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups, the project sensitized community people, students, and teachers towards DiDRR. The project is providing capacity development training in DiDRR to local partner organizations, project staff members, UDMC, WDMC and volunteers. UDMC, WDMC, and the standing committees on Social Welfare and Disaster Management of UPs are activated and involved in the disaster management process. In addition, Capacity and Risk Assessment (CRA) was done and Risk Reduction Action Plan (RRAP) was prepared with the active participation of community members, including persons with disabilities, marginalized groups, and local authorities. Advocacy campaigns was carried out for introduction and prompt implementation of RRAP.

The project developed the skills   of OPDs and partner NGOs on the government’s planning process and hold joint consultations between various government agencies and OPDs. Skills building trainings was conducted on advocacy, planning process of government, communication, effective and meaningful participation, disability inclusion in the mainstream development process etc.

Objectives/Outcomes/Long-term Results


Persons with disabilities and marginalized population are meaningfully contributing to local and national development planning and practices.


Effective participation of persons with disabilities and marginalized population in developing and showcasing good practice of community-based inclusive development that influence national level policies and practices.

Result 1 

With enhanced capacity, OPDs are supporting SHGs and their networks in collaboration with other stakeholders at district and sub-district levels to influence the government and service providers for participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in development.

Result 2 

Union Parishad and City Corporation Ward, with enhanced capacity on CBID, are creating opportunities for increased participation of men and women with disabilities in decision making processes related to planning, budgeting, programme implementation and reporting.

Result 3 

Government and non-government service providers are available at the community level and are providing disability identification, assessment, referral and rehabilitation services. 

Result 4

Enhanced economic conditions and disaster resilience of local community, including persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups. "

Result 5 

Increased participation and meaningful contribution of men and women with disabilities and OPDs at local and national level planning processes influencing policy change supported by OPD Federation leadership. 

Result 6 

Increased technical capacity of OPDs and local partners with the support of CDD on local and national level advocacy and scaling up of sustainable CBID programme.

Major Activities




3 Years

Starting Date


Ending Date



Contact Person's Name 

Md. Rezaul Alam


Project Manager

Email address

Phone Number







Upazila(s) / Thana(s)

Chattogram City Corporation



City Corporation(s)

Chattogram City Corporation




13 No Pahartoli Ward, 

14 No Lalkhan Bazar Ward

15 No Bagmonirum Ward


Sonirbor Rangunia Union, Moriumnagar Union

Shadhanpur Union & Khankhanabad Union

 (If applicable)

  1. Alliance Of Urban DPOS In Chittagong (AUDC)
  2. Disabled Development and Research Center (DDRC)
  3. Centre for Disables Concern (CDC)
  4. Association for Women Empowerment and Child Rights (AWAC)
  5. Jugantar Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (JSUS)


BDT. 81,330,264.02

Total number only


Direct Beneficiaries


Indirect Beneficiaries