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Accounts and Administration Assistant

  • The Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1996 to develop a more inclusive society for persons with disabilities. CDD simultaneously builds technical capacities of the development stakeholders and the communities in how to be more inclusive whilst also enabling persons with a disability to participate in society by strengthening their leadership and providing them with essential rehabilitation and other supports.
  • CDD is one of the most renowned organizations in the field of disability-inclusive development. CDD’s work in Bangladesh is supported by international and national donor agencies/development partners. CDD offers an inclusive, amicable, and respectable work environment.
  • The Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asian version of the Noble prize) has been awarded to its Executive Director in 2010. In 2018, CDD was recognized by the Government of Bangladesh as one of the best organizations working on disability and development issues.
  1. Prepare periodic (Monthly/Quarterly) budget variance analysis reports.
    1. Ensured the expenditure are incurred and booked in accounts respective budget line, follow up and report to Project Manager,

§  Books of Accounts & Reporting:

  1. Check & ensure all bill voucher, finance documentations are made available on demand,
  2. Maintain up-to-date books of account, data entry and preserve all kinds of subsidiary registers,
  3. Ensure all receipts and follow up of settlements of advances and evidences,
  4. Ensure all payments are charged into approved budget line,
  5. Ensure fund request, financial report and relevant documents are prepared in time,
  6. Maintain all kinds of banking transactions and associated tasks including bank reconciliation,
  7. Handling petty cash, filing of all vouchers.
  8. Assist to provide support (financial matter) if any disaster program happened in project location.

§  Administrative:

  1. Introduce/execute/support organization’s administrative rules & procedures,
  2. Preserve and update of shadow personnel files and related documents for field office
  3. Ensure logistics and materials as per program/admin requirements,
  4. Ensure mechanisms and direct support to staff for workable office environments,
  5. Review the log book of vehicle.

§  Program support and Documentation:

  1. Conduct field visit to examine the financial documents verification, provide feedback and support to financial dealings at major events,
  2. Preserve and maintain filing of all important financial documents, legal documents, staff financial contract, MOU, third party contract, financial information served to GO body, donor agreements, approved plan & budget, bank information.
  3. Maintain liaison with central (HQ) administration, finance and human resource departments.

§  Compliance:

  1. Ensure that all policies and procedures are in compliance with Donor and funding source policies, procedures, agreement clauses, along with organization’s financial policies,
  2. Contribute   opinion   in   improving   internal   control   systems,   financial discipline, transparency and accountability,
  3. Maintain current knowledge of government requirements and ensure compliance with tax regulations and other legal regulations,

§  Fixed Asset:

  1. Ensure inventory and identification of fixed assets at office and expatriate location maintaining liaison with Admin Department,
  2. Reviews periodically inventory/stock management

§  Assistance to Auditors:

  1. Ensure all financial documentations are made available on demand of auditors,
  2. Support to organization in executing and follow up audit recommendations

§  Tax & VAT deduction process:

  1. Ensure timely and properly deduction of vendor tax, VAT and personal tax, and deposit of taxes timely and preserves the all relevant documents,
  2. Information update on tax and VAT deduction process

§  Others:

  • Attend different project meetings, finance meeting and donor meeting,
  • Attend capacity building training, orientation and events,
  • Specific tasks assigned by project’s Manager, Field coordinator, Project accountant (HQ)
  • Any other assignments of organization management,
  • Coordinate and cooperate with project staff and Finance and Accounts department for smooth project financial operation

Educational Requirements                                                                                

  • Masters in Accounting /Finance/MBA (major in Accounting). Commerce graduate with Chartered Accountancy course complete

Additional Requirements                                                                                

  • Age 28 to 40 years
  • Both males and females are allowed to apply.
  • Operating Tally Software, Micro-soft Word, Excel and using google drive
  • Self-motivation
  • Knowledge on Financial Management, Accounting, Budgeting, Finance, Auditing, Tax, VAT
  • Organizational skills and ability to manage deadlines
  • Team working ability
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical ability
  • A methodical approach and problem-solving skills
  • High level of numeracy
  • Sound interpersonal skills.
  • Report writing and Presentation Skills
  • Person with disability are encouraged to apply

Workplace: Work at office                                                                                

Job location   : Sharankhola, Bagerhat                                                                       

Salary         :       Tk. 25,000 (Monthly)                                                               

Compensation & other benefits                                                                                

  • Mobile bill, Weekly 2 holidays
  • Salary Review: Yearly
  • Pro-rata basis festival bonus

CDD respects rights and dignity of all human beings including children, women, older persons, all sex, indigenous community and persons with disabilities. CDD complies with its child and adult at risk policy and code of conduct. All staff of CDD must sign and adhere to this code of conduct.

CDD encourages persons with disabilities meeting the selection criteria to apply for this position.

Candidates with the required profile and proven experience, who meet these qualifications, are invited to submit their application in English clearly mentioning the Job Title along with a meaningful cover letter, updated CV, recent PP size photograph.

– The cover letter should include key competencies of the candidate for this position.

Send your CV to [email protected]

Application Deadline: 20 May 2021

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Increasing access to inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for children and young adults with deafblindness in Bangladesh
For more details please click on this link.

Implemented by –Center for Disability in Development (CDD)

Funded By- UK aid

In association with- Sense International (SI) UK and Sense International India (SII)

(1st April 2018 to 31st March 2021; NB No Cost Extension (NCE) secured up to 30th June 2021)

A. Introduction

This is Terms of Reference for an independent final evaluation of the project titled “Increasing access to inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for children and young adults with deafblindness in Bangladesh” funded by UK aid and the British Public.

CDD has been implementing this project in partnership with local partners, and with the support of Sense International India (SII) and Sense International (SI) UK.  Sense International (SI) is the main grant holder whereas Sense International India (SII) is responsible for direct monitoring of Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and providing regular support and monitoring visits to CDD. CDD leads the implementation of the project in Bangladesh and co-ordinates directly with local partners in 10 District and is responsible for local level monitoring and reporting.

B. Objectives of the Final Evaluation

Purpose of evaluation:

  • Identify the impact of the project after three-years of implementation.
  • Account to local beneficiaries, stakeholders and funders for the project’s achievements/results against the stated purpose and project results.
  • Assess whether the project is representing value for money in its efforts to deliver results.
  • To document lessons learned and make recommendations for future projects and strategy.

Target audience/s:

  1. Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the British Public– (Donor).
  2. Mannion Daniels (Grant Managers for FCDO)
  3. Sense International (SI) – (Grant holder).
  4. Sense International India (SII) – (Oversight of CDD implementation).
  5. Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) – (Lead Implementing and Coordination Partner).
  6. 7 Implementing Partners.
  7. Centres for Services and Information on Disability (CSID); Keraniganj, Dhaka.
  8. Dristy Sangstha; Rangpur.
  9. Gram Bikash Sangstha (GBS); Bogra.
  10. Jhikorgaha Development Organization (JDO); Jessore.
  11. Kamarkhand Palli Unnayan Sangstha, Sirajgonj (KPUS); Sirajgonj.
  12. Manobadikar Janakallyan Foundation (MJF); Satkhira.
  13. Poverty Alleviation through Participatory Rural Initiatives (PAPRI); Narsingdhi.
  14. The special educators/trainers/other professionals.
  15. Children with deafblindness and their families (Primary Stakeholders).
  16. Local authorities, governments and indirect partners (Secondary Stakeholders).

It is proposed that the evaluation will cover the full period of the project from 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2021 (NB No cost extension secured up to 30th June 2021).

Planned outputs:

Final Evaluation report in soft and hard copy in English.

C. Background

Project Context and Rationale:

Deafblindness is a combination of vision and hearing impairments. It is also described as multi-sensory impairment (MSI). Some people are completely deaf and blind, but many have a little sight and / or hearing that they can use. Some may have other physical and learning disabilities to cope with.

People with disabilities in Bangladesh generally receive very littlesupport from their families and communities. For people with deafblindness their families may be stigmatized and often have little idea of how best to help and support their child to grow and develop. This lack of support can mean people with deafblindness are often excluded from participating in the family environment and in wider society. Their basic rights may be ignored and their day-to-day needs left unmet.

The main challenges identified are connected with poverty, disability and the linkages between the two. For people with disabilities, causal factors leading to poverty and disadvantage include:

  1. Children with disabilities are less likely to go to school (WHO 2011; World Report on Disability, p.10);
  2. Adults with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed (Coleridge, 2005; ‘Disabled people and employment’; in Working futures? Disabled people, policy and social inclusion); 
  3. People with MSI experience extreme difficulties communicating and interacting with others (https://www.sense.org.uk/content/communicating-people-who-are-deafblind)
  4. There is a growing evidence base indicating substantial links between poverty, disability and ill-health (Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre, 2011; Poverty and Disability).
  5. Lack of sufficient nutrition is linked to poverty and unequal distribution of household resources, with a higher risk for children with disabilities (https://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_65943.html). Poor nutrition makes it much more difficult for children to participate and learn effectively.  
  6. There are negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, limiting their opportunities. “People with disabilities are often the poorest in their community and face multiple barriers that stop them from realising their rights and living with dignity.” (DFID Disability Framework, 2015).
  7. In Bangladesh, the average ‘mean years of schooling’ is below many countries below it in the Human Development Index http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI

These factors are part of the context for prioritising efforts to address barriers to education inclusion in Bangladesh. Children and young adults with deafblindness experience these challenges and additional barriers, often being isolated and excluded, which need to be addressed urgently for people with deafblindness to be included in education and ‘live, learn and thrive’ (SI strategy 2016-2019).

Gaps in service delivery and existing services or initiatives:

Barriers to school inclusion include a) a curriculum that is not appropriate or adapted for learners with complex needs, b) inadequate training and support for teachers, c) physical barriers to accessibility and d) stigma towards disability. A very low proportion of children with disabilities are in school. Of 19,067,761 total children enrolled in all types of schools in Bangladesh, only 85,204 (0.4% of total) are children with disabilities (Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics, 2015).

While the Government of Bangladesh is committed to inclusive education for all, data, more examples, and a model for educational inclusion of children/young adults with the most complex disabilities like deafblindness, are needed to support implementation of this commitment. The main challenges are:

  • Lack of appropriately trained teachers: we will support teacher training and instructors at the Primary Teachers’ Training Institute (PTI) to adapt methods and curricula.
  • Significant challenges of inclusion and high drop-out rates for children with deafblindness since schools are not accessible, teachers lack resources and training. We will support ‘model schools’ to demonstrate successful inclusion.
  • Extremely limited inclusion of people with the most complex disabilities in vocational training despite quotas for inclusion. We will deliver community-based support and enrolment in government vocational training centres for young adults with deafblindness.

Lack of understanding of disabilities within communities and government at all levels. We will develop a tool to measure changes in the quality of life of people with deafblindness. We will sensitise and train government officials as well as providing evidence on the benefits of inclusion.

Over the past 12 years, Sense International has partnered with the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) to initiate basic services for children with deafblindness in Bangladesh. We established the first National Resource Centre (NRC) on deafblindness in Dhaka and helped to advocate successfully for the inclusion of deafblindness in the Government of Bangladesh’s Disability Rights and Protection Act 2013. Building on this, we propose to establish three Regional Resource Centres (RRCs) on deafblindness, in the north, east and south-west regions which cover the poorest districts of Bangladesh according to the national poverty maps (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics). These regional hubs of expertise on deafblindness will provide models of community-based services, to improve the quality of life for people with deafblindnes and their families across 8 districts of the country.

There will be an emphasis on effective education, both inclusive education at schools and community-based education where that is more appropriate depending on each individual’s disability. Parents will be trained as caregivers. Teachers will be trained on how to provide accessible education to children with deafblindness in schools. Local government officials will be trained on the needs of people with deafblindness so that Government services and social welfare provisions can be inclusive and responsive to their needs. In addition to supporting children with deafblindness, persons with deafblindness above school age will receive vocational education training and livelihoods support through the provision of business start-up kits.

PROJECT SUMMARY

450 children/young adults with deafblindness will access quality inclusive education and vocational skills, leading to improved quality of life for themselves, 1,800 family members and their communities, through: 1) Improved infrastructure for inclusion of people with deafblindness through strengthened CSOs; 2) children/young adults with deafblindness and their families receiving community-based support; 3) school inclusion; and 4) evidence and training on inclusive education for the Government

Duration:

The duration of the project is three years from 1st March 2018 – 31stMarch 2021 (NB NCE secured until 30th June 2021)

Project Impact

People with disabilities access quality education and life-long learning and experience social and economic inclusion, contributing primarily to SDGs 1, 4 and 10.

Projected Outcome

Children and young adults with deafblindness access quality inclusive education and life-long learning, leading to improved quality of life for themselves and their families.

Project Outputs

We aimed to deliver the following Outcomes:

  1. Improved infrastructure for the inclusion of persons with deafblindness through strengthened CSOs, National Resource Centre on Deafblindness (NRC-DB) and one new Regional Resource Centre (RRC).
  2. 450 children and young adults with deafblindness and their families receive community-based support.
  3. 80 children and young adults with deafblindness receive quality inclusive education in school-based settings (with two of these schools as model schools in urban and rural areas); (Bogura and Jessore).
  4. Evidence and training is provided to the Government of Bangladesh to support plans on how to include people with deafblindness in education, vocational training and community services.

Direct benefits

  1. Children with deafblindness: 360
  2. Young adults with deafblindness: 90
  3. Caregivers trained: 900 (450×2)
  4. CSO staff: 41 (19 special educators)
  5. Teachers trained: 68 + 10 PTIs
  6. SMC members sensitised: 196

Total: 1,665     Female (833)   Male (832)

Indirect benefits

  1. Family members: 900 (x 2 other family members, in addition to the caregivers trained directly).
  2. Other students: 8,000 (4,000 female; 4,000 male; with more awareness about disability).
  3. Other teachers: 130 (65 female; 65 male; learning from teachers trained and increase awareness).
  4. Local gov’t officials: 384 (192 female; 192 male)
  5. District/central gov’t officials: 35 (18 female; 17 male; all government officials sensitised/trained).

Total:     9,449  Female (4,725)   Male (4,724)

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D.  Scope of the Evaluation

The main body of the evaluation should cover the key questions below and these should be clearly marked in the report:

  1. Impact and Overall Results:
  • What is the project’s overall impact in relation to its outcome and how does this compare with what was expected?
  • What are the key results against the outputs and how did this compare with the targets (with reference to the indicators and milestones) set in the original logical framework?
  • How effective and sustainable is the project’s overall strategy?
  • Key Evaluation Criteria:

Relevance

  • To what extent were the activities undertaken relevant to the project objectives?
  • To what extent has the project supported the achievements towards the SDGs?
  • How has the project ensured activities responded to the needs of target beneficiaries?
  • What were the key drivers and barriers affecting delivery of results for the project?

Effectiveness

  • To what extent has the project used evidence to improve programming?
  •  What were the key drivers and barriers affecting delivery of results for the project?

Efficiency

  • Has the project managed to obtain the expected results on time and within the budget available?
  • To what extent and in what ways has the project achieved good value for money?

Sustainability

  • To what extent has the project leveraged additional resources (financial and in-kind) from other sources (particularly the government of Bangladesh)?
  • To what extent has the project engaged with other stakeholders to ensure interventions complemented existing activities or led to replication of approaches elsewhere?
  • To what extent are the benefits being realised by civil society groups supported by the project sustainable?
  • What can be done to ensure sustainability of project results? This includes recommendations on sustainability of poverty reduction outcomes and, particularly the inclusion of persons with disabilities specifically those with deafblindness.
  • The continuation of services developed during the project period and building on available resources from the last 3.25 years of project implementation.

Impact

  • What has been the impact on the target population?
  • To what extent has the project put in place M&E systems that are fit for purpose and were used to support the delivery of activities?
  • To what extent has the project built the capacity of civil society?
  • How many people have received support from the project that otherwise would not have received support? How many of these people are unintended beneficiaries?
  • Identify (if any) the negative impact of not intervening and supporting the beneficiaries included in this project, people with deafblindness and their families?

4) Conclusions, Lessons and Recommendations for the future

Please specify at least 5 key recommendations, including recommendations for a longer-term strategy to ensure sustainability of the project and achieved results are leveraged and sustained beyond June 2021 and recommendations on areas of particular good practice and/or successful implementation.

E. Methodology

Main reference documents:

  • Project proposal (including log-frame and budget)
  • Years 1, 2 and (narrative and financials including feedback and responses and various other annexes)
  • Quarterly reports submitted to Mannion Daniels.
  • Quarterly Progress reports submitted to Sense International

Evaluation techniques and research methods:

A people-centred approach in conducting this evaluation is required, in compliance with Sense International’s values and policy. As significant participation of the stakeholders is built into the project, a broad range of methods should be used to maximise stakeholder participation and establish the success of the key elements of the project. This will include structured and semi-structured interviews, focus groups and participatory workshops (to include project partners). At the start of the evaluation process, the project staff will hold a briefing session (in-person or by phone) with the evaluator to agree the overall evaluation methodology and discuss key issues to be addressed. Consultation should cover the following groups:

  • People with deafblindness and family members
  • Teachers and educators
  • Parents and professionals
  • Government administrators/ officials where appropriate
  • Local partners from Bangladesh
  • CDD (Bangladesh) representatives and the NRC team
  • SII representatives
  • SI UK representatives

Due to the nature of the evaluation process, travel for consultations is required and the evaluator should plan adequate visits meticulously with appropriate methods to collect and analyse the relevant information.  Ensuring that these are done in compliance with government guidelines and that COVID-19 safe measures are taken as appropriate (social distancing, wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing/sanitising etc)

Logical Framework Review: In accordance with the project proposal, the logical framework andapproaches of the project will provide the primary reference point for the evaluation.

F. Reporting Format

The evaluator(s) will produce a report in English of no more than 30 pages (excluding annexes) plus additional appendices, in Microsoft Word using Arial font 12. It will include:

a. Contents Page

b. Abbreviations and acronyms page

c. Basic Information (1 A4 page maximum)

(Project title, Agency name, Country, Name of local partner(s), Total project budget (1 figure); Name of person who compiled the evaluation report, including summary of role/contribution of others in the team and the period during which the evaluation was undertaken)

d. Executive Summary (2 A4 pages maximum)

e. The main report findings (covering the issues outlined in section D above)

  1. Impact and Overall Results
  2. Key Evaluation Criteria
    1. Relevance
    1. Effectiveness
    1. Efficiency
    1. Sustainability
    1. Impact

          3) Project Accountability to Stakeholders

  • Conclusion, Lessons and Recommendations for the future

f. Annexes: These should include any other relevant Annexes such as the ToR, evaluation itinerary,list of meetings held, case studies, photographs or other data.

G. Expertise required by Evaluator

  • Evaluation specialist with extensive experience in programme/project evaluation, preferably including statutory funded projects.
    • Experience of results based monitoring and evaluation.
    • Extensive knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
    • Extensive knowledge of the networking and partnership approach.
    • Knowledge of Bangladesh, preferably including local language.
    • Understanding of disability field, preferably multiple disabilities.
    • Evaluators must not have a conflict of interest with the ongoing activities of the project or CDD/SI/SI India
    • Evaluators must be willing to sign the CDD code of conduct, safeguarding agreement and ensure data protection.
  • Financial Terms

Payment will be negotiated with the evaluator selected on a fee per day basis. The details of this will be mentioned in the evaluator’s contract. We envisage a period of approximately 30 days (Including report writing days) being required for this final evaluation report. In addition, we will cover travel related costs (travel, accommodation and subsistence for the evaluator to visit partners in project locations.

NB: The total budget available £4599.82 is 500,000 BDT (inclusive of VAT and Tax) (to include all consultancy fees, travel, subsistence and any other related costs).

30% of total to be paid – on signing contract, production of agreed itinerary and approved methodology

30% of total to be paid – on production of first draft report.

40% of total to be paid – on production of final report.

I.Summary Timetable for Evaluation (guideline only, exact dates to be confirmed)

In writing the evaluation report, the evaluator should build in time for feedback on the draft evaluation report.

  • 2nd may 2021: Call for Expressions of Interest circulated
  • 12th   May 2021: Deadline for Expressions of Interest at 5:00PM (see details below)
  • 24th May2021: Evaluator selected (then contract prepared)
  • Last week of May (approx. 3 days) – documentation and pre-reading shared with consultant evaluator, preliminary phone call scheduled
  • May and June 2021 (approx. 10 to 20 days) – field visits to project partners in Bangladesh (including data collection and analysis) (to include visits to at least 4 out of 10 partners and calls with all other partners)
  • 2nd   week of June  (approx. 5 days) report writing.
  • 13th   June 2021 – tentative deadline for draft evaluation report
  • 20th June 2021 – deadline for feedback
  • 25th June  2021– evaluator to submit final evaluation report

This equates to a total of approx. 30 days (to be discussed with the evaluator)

Information requirements for submitting the Expression of Interest

If you are interested in applying to undertake this evaluation, we look forward to hearing from you and receiving your Expression of Interest. For the Expression of Interest, please e-mail your CV and brief responses (no more than 5 pages) to the following questions:

  1. Your experience of evaluating statutory/institutional funded projects.
  2. Your experience of research and evaluation methods.
  3. Your proposed methodology for this evaluation.
  4. Your experience of the disability and development field
  5. Any knowledge you may have of the work of Sense International in Bangladesh or other work relevant to disability.
  6. Your availability to travel to partners and other project stakeholders for evaluation consultations in Bangladesh within the period April to June 2021.
  7. An indication of your consultancy fee expectation for an estimated duration of approximately 30 days of work for the evaluation consultation process and production of the final evaluation report.

Your Expression of Interest should be e-mailed to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] by the end of Wednesday, 12th May 2021 deadline. Please note responses to questions will not be sent from this e-mail address. Responses will be sent later following the review of all the Expression of Interest received.

Project Title: Social Capital and Disability in Bangladesh (SCDB): a population-based study using cross-sectional individual and ecological data

Introduction : People living with disabilities face the risk of discrimination. Social capital can improve socioeconomic outcomes, including health and education. The aim of this study is to test the guiding hypothesis that the risk of discrimination of people living with disability is modified by access to various forms of both individual and collective social capital.

Objectives : The general objective of the SCDB study is to investigate the role of social capital for the risk of discrimination among a sample of people living with disabilities in Bangladesh. The specific objectives are: (i) to design and implement an ecological study of collective social capital across a selection of Bangladeshi districts; (ii) to design and implement a household survey to collect individual level of information (background, social capital, and experiences of discrimination); and to quantitatively model the effects of collective and individual level social capital on the risk of discrimination.

The guiding hypothesis of the Study is that access to individual and collective social capital can affect the risk of discrimination and the ability to manage discrimination among this group of persons.

Rationale : Understanding the potential role of social capital for the risk of discrimination of people living with disabilities is important for both research and policy development. Any role of social capital in this regard would constitute an important contribution to the current evidence base on social capital. If the Study is able to find evidence to support the hypothesis that social capital may play a role in this regard would contribute to the development of policies to mitigate the risk or impact of discrimination of this group of persons.

Methods and analysis : Two types of data will be collected. First, an individual level survey will be conducted to collect information on around 2,400 people living with disability in Bangladesh. Second, an ecological survey will be conducted to collect data on collective social capital. The data will be analyzed by means of multi-level, statistical analysis.

Ethics and dissemination : The study is seeking ethical clearance from the Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC). To ensure participants’ integrity, the study will include only persons between the ages of 18 and 59, persons with physical, visual, or hearing impairments (not mental or cognitive impairments). The findings of the study will be disseminated by means of journal articles, briefing notes, and non-technical reports. In addition, the findings of the study will be used to inform policy debates, workshops, and seminars inside and outside of Bangladesh.

Discussion : The present study aims at bringing new evidence on the potential of social capital to affect the lives person with disabilities. Findings will be of significant policy relevance. There are a number of risks associated with the study. Measuring discrimination and social capital is challenging and doing so in a poor (specially low income countries) setting is even more difficult. The study is a collaboration between researchers in Sweden, with experience of conducting research on social capital in low-income countries, and the Center for Disability in Development, a national organization in Bangladesh with extensive experience of working with people living with disabilities.

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Title of the Project:

The Right to Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Eye Health in South Asia

Period:

36 months from July 2018 to June 2021 

Budget:

9,735,600 BDT

Donor:

Supported by- Sightsavers and Funded by- UKaid from the British People

Working Area:

  • Division: Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur
  • District: Narsingdi, Sirajgonj, Rangpur and Kurigram
  • Sub-district: Narsingdi district- Shibpur, Palash, Narsingdi Sadar, Raipura, Belabo, Monohardi; Sirajgonj district- Tarash, Ullapara, Sirajganj-Sadar, Shahzadpur, Raiganj, Kazipur, Chowhali, Belkuchi, Kamarkhand; Rangpur district- Pirgacha, Rangpur-Sadar, Pirganj, Mithapukur, Taraganj, Kaunia, Gangachara, Badarganj; Kuirgram district- Bhurungamari, Rajibpur, Chilmari, Fulbari, Kurigram-Sadar, Nageswari, Rowmari, Rajarhat, Ulipur
  • City Corporation: Rangpur City Corporation
  • Union/Ward: Project will work in all the union and wards

Focus Area (According to CDD’s strategic Plan):

  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy

Overall Objective/Goal:

  • Women and men, with and without disabilities and/or belonging to other marginalised groups have improved access to inclusive eye health in target districts in Bangladesh.

Specific Objective:

  • To promoting Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) in the project districts, including creating provisions for inclusion and accessibility in the partner hospitals for persons with disabilities, women and other marginalized groups.
  • To restore, save and protect people’s sight in an environment that is inclusive and accessible for poor and marginalized groups, including women and men with disabilities.

Result(s)/Outcome(s):

  • Improved quality of eye care service provision in the target districts in Bangladesh.

Contribute to SDG Goal(s):

  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality.

Contribute to UNCRPD Article(s):

Brief Description of the project (within 200 word -What we want to achieve):

The project has been implemented in the four districts of Bangladesh in partnership with four eye hospitals namely Marium Eye Hospital for Kurigram, Community Eye Care and Research Centre for Rangpur, Prof. M. A. Matin Memorial BNSB Base Eye Hospital for Sirajgonj and Dhaka Progressive Lions Eye Hospital for Narsingdi and where Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is the inclusion partner organization to implement the inclusion issues at the said project locations. CDD is providing technical support in the designing of training modules and conduction of the training courses on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming, strategic support to organize different meetings with the stakeholders and district disability committee, conducting accessibility audit and ensuring the accessible infrastructure of the hospital building, mapping of existing organizations and developing IEC/BCC strategies and materials to promote inclusion issues among the project partner organizations. The project also will improve community awareness, enhance capacities for identification and screening people with eye health care needs, support people from marginalized communities to access quality eye care services and surgeries. Overall, the project has been promoting Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) in the project districts, including creating provisions for accessibility in the partner hospitals for persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

Major Achievements (Max 6- till 25 January 2020):

  1. Compiled database of existing organisations working with people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minority groups in the four target districts.
  2. Hospital staff and project management staff are trained on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming. Hospital staff are also trained on Bangla Sign Language.
  3. Conducted coordination meeting jointly with partner hospitals, where representatives of district-level organizations working with the people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minorities groups are participated. Thus, referral linkages are increased to enhance the inclusive eye care services.
  4. A well-designed training booklet/flip chart and a module have been developed and also finalized the training hand out for the hospital staff on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming.
  5. Completed accessibility audit of the partner hospitals and report generation and took several initiatives on disability inclusion at hospitals which includes providing technical support and guidance to install the different signage, reconstruction of the ramp, reception desks and accessible toilets for ensuring accessibility.
  6. Organized meetings of the district committee on protection and rights of the persons with disabilities in three districts.

Title of the Project: Promotion of Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh (PHRPBD)

Period:  July 2018 to June 2021

Budget: BDT 82,247,574.00

Donor: CBM Australia

Working Area:

Division District Sub-district/City Corporation/ Municipality Union/Ward Name of Partners
Dhaka Faridpur Faridpur Sadar Ambikapur union AKK
Dhaka Faridpur Faridpur Sadar Macchar union
Sylhet Moulvibazar Kulaura Kulaura union Prochesta
Sylhet Moulvibazar Kulaura Brahmanbazar union
Dhaka Jamalpur Dewangonj Bahadurabad union Proships
Dhaka Jamalpur Dewangonj Hatibhanga union
Rajshahi Rajshahi Bagha Monigram union SNKS
Rajshahi Rajshahi Bagha Bawsha union
Chittagong Chittagong Chittagong city corporation 33 No Firingi bazar Ward JSUS
Chittagong Chittagong Chittagong city corporation 34 No Pathorgata Ward
Chittagong Chittagong Anowara Haildhar union Songshoptaque
Chittagong Chittagong Anowara Barokhain union
Dhaka Gazipur Gazipur city corporation Tongi (Zone- 1)  BERDO
Dhaka Gazipur Gazipur city corporation GachaPubail (Zone- 2)
Barisal Patuakhali Kolapara Nilgonj union SANGRAM
Barisal Patuakhali Kolapara Mithagonj union
Barisal Patuakhali Kolapara Baliatoli union
Chittagong Cox’s bazar Chakaria ChakariaPouroshova (Municipal) SARPV
Chittagong Cox’s bazar Chakaria Baraitoli union

Focus Area (According to CDD’s strategic Plan):

  • Awareness
  • Empowerment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Livelihood

Overall Objective/Goal:

Improved quality of life of persons with disabilities through effective local resources that ensures inclusion for all.

Specific Objective:

Target communities have mechanisms and resources in place that enable better inclusion for people with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

Result(s)/Outcome(s):

  1. Self help groups and apex bodies as resource platforms for inclusion of people with disabilities and other marginalized groups in their communities;
  2. Increased local government support for people with disability to improve access for mental health support, livelihoods and protection mechanisms especially for women and children with disabilities from abuse;
  3. Local government and community demonstrate commitment and support to increased access of children with disabilities to inclusive education through active engagement;
  4. CDD and partner NGOs demonstrate capacity in disability inclusive development approaches across sectors.

Contribute to SDG Goal(s):

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Contribute to UNCRPD Article(s):

Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination
Article 6 – Women with disabilities
Article 7 – Children with disabilities
Article 8 – Awareness-raising
Article 9 – Accessibility
Article 10 – Right to life
Article 13 – Access to justice
Article 19 – Living independently and being included in the community
Article 20 – Personal mobility
Article 21 – Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
Article 24 – Education
Article 25 – Health
Article 26 – Habilitation and rehabilitation
Article 27 – Work and employment
Article 28 – Adequate standard of living and social protection
Article 29 – Participation in political and public life
Article 30 – Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport

Brief Description of the project (within 200 word -What we want to achieve):

Promotion of Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh (PHRPBD) project is functioning in 8 districts of Bangladesh through nine partner NGOs. This project aims to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through effective local resources that ensures inclusion for all. Under the project, there are 90 Self Help Groups (SHG) where 9 groups are comprises of only women and 9 comprises of Youth. These SHGs are led by their apex bodies and the apex body consists of the auspicious members from the self-help groups of each working area. The project contributes to empower persons with disabilities through creating linkages with local institutions and government through advocacy and orientation for their inclusion in local level development initiatives. SHG and apex body members are playing their role as resource platform for disability inclusion in all the stages of the mainstream society. At the same time, this project will engage local government and community for better inclusion of persons with disabilities and other marginalized people of the community in mental health support, livelihood, inclusive education and protection mechanisms especially for women and children with disabilities.

Major Achievements (Max 6- till 25 January 2020):

Major Achievements can be described in some focus area:

  1. Local government:
  2. 13 Union Parishads and 01 Municipality allocated budget for the development of persons with disabilities (BDT 13,30,000 for the 2019-20 fiscal year)
  3. 865 persons with disabilities (M-406, F-459) included in safety net schemes.
  4. Health & Rehabilitation:
  5. 379 persons with disabilities (M–95, F–67, B–123, G–94) received primary rehabilitation therapy
  6. 110 persons with disabilities (M–44, F–16, B–32, G–18) received assistive devices
  7. 563 person with mental disorder (M–141, F –213, B–134, G–75) assessed in outreach camp
  8. 231 (M–58, F–93, B–44, G–36) people with mental illness received medicine support from project
  9. Livelihood:
  10. 34 persons with disabilities (male- 21, female- 13) employed in formal sector and 85 persons with disabilities (male- 39, female-46) included in IGA.
  11. 126 SHG members (M-68, F-58) involved in group based IGA.
  12. 94 (M- 97, F- 51) received vocational training through creating linkage with stakeholder.
  13. In total 34 groups are practicing VSLA (Village savings and loan approach)
  14. Inclusive education:
  15. 10 govt. primary and 02 Secondary schools are practicing Inclusive education in one project location (Kulaura, Moulvibazar).
  16. Local education authority and community support to develop inclusive environment in 12 selected schools. Community contributed BDT 2,080,770 which is 62% of the total budget (BDT 3,312,270).
  17. Total 88 (G- 35, B- 53) children with disabilities and 133 (G-58, B-75) children from marginalized community (e.g.-tea garden) enrolled in school.
  18. Community protection:
  19. 18 child safeguarding watch group (CSG) were formed in all project location.
  20. 27 orientations were organized with legal aid service providers at community level on violence against women & children with disabilities.

Changes (Max 6- till 25 January 2020):

  1. SHGs and apex bodies emerged as advocate for the person with disabilities of their community. Now SHG and apex body members become members of standing committee, SMC, market committee, etc. and working together with the decision makers;
  2. Project initiated to organize inclusive sports and cultural events. Now in most of the project locations government departments are replicating this event.
  3. Scarcity of medicines for persons with mental illness was a challenge from the beginning of the project. As a result of regular advocacy now government health department are arranging medicines for persons with mental illness at local level.
  4. Local government institutes are incorporating disability issue in their development plan. All UPs, Municipality and City Corporation Wards of project locations have separate disability inclusive action plans.
  5. Potential of women with disabilities are well recognized by their community as well as government and thus 4 of the self help group members from different project locations got Joyeeta award for their tremendous impact on society in issues of women empowerment
  6. For the continuous advocacy, awareness and intervention of the project, the community has grown their ownership in different development initiative taken by the project. As result now they not only get involved in the local initiatives now but also contribute financially for creating inclusive schools and community clinic.  

Title of the Project: Improved Education Outcomes through Early Childhood Development Centres in Bangladesh (IEO-ECDCBD).

Period:  January to June 2020

Budget: BDT- 4,719,549/-

Donor: Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW)-UK

Working Area:

  • Division: Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna and Rangpur.
  • District: Dhaka, Chattogram, Jhenaidah and Nilphamary.
  • Sub-district: Savar, Anwara, Jhenaidah Sadar and Saidpur.
  • City Corporation: Savar Municipality, Jhenaidah Municipality and Saidpur Municipality.
  • Union/Ward:

Union: Poraikura and Haildhar union of Anwara upazila, Kalicharanpur union of Jhenaidah sadar upazila, Kamarpukur, Bangalipur and Botlagari union of Saidpur upazila.

Word no- 1 – 9 of Savar Municipality, Jhenaidah Municipality and Saidpur Municipality.

Focus Area (According to CDD’s strategic Plan): Education

Overall Objective/Goal: Enhanced access to inclusive and equitable quality education by deaf children through improved communication and resource mobilization.

Specific Objective:

Result(s)/Outcome(s):

  • Outcome 1: Improved provision of early year’s education for deaf children by ECD teachers, resource mothers, deaf role models and parents in four districts.
  • Outcome 2: Improved ability of parents, peers and teachers to communicate with and support deaf children as they transition to formal school from the ECD Centres
  • Outcome 3: Improved awareness on gender; child rights & protection; deafness & healthy hearing care is observed among community members.
  • Outcome 4: Improved deaf children and young people’s link with local services and entitlements.

Contribute to SDG Goal(s): 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 3.4, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.a, 4.c.

Contribute to UNCRPD Article(s):  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 34.

Title of the Project:

The Right to Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Eye Health in South Asia

Period:

36 months from July 2018 to June 2021  

Budget:

9,735,600 BDT

Donor:

Supported by- Sightsavers and Funded by- UKaid from the British People

Working Area:

  • Division: Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur
  • District: Narsingdi, Sirajgonj, Rangpur and Kurigram
  • Sub-district: Narsingdi district- Shibpur, Palash, Narsingdi Sadar, Raipura, Belabo, Monohardi; Sirajgonj district- Tarash, Ullapara, Sirajganj-Sadar, Shahzadpur, Raiganj, Kazipur, Chowhali, Belkuchi, Kamarkhand; Rangpur district- Pirgacha, Rangpur-Sadar, Pirganj, Mithapukur, Taraganj, Kaunia, Gangachara, Badarganj; Kuirgram district- Bhurungamari, Rajibpur, Chilmari, Fulbari, Kurigram-Sadar, Nageswari, Rowmari, Rajarhat, Ulipur
  • City Corporation: Rangpur City Corporation
  • Union/Ward: Project will work in all the union and wards 

Focus Area (According to CDD’s strategic Plan):

  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy 

Overall Objective/Goal:

  • Women and men, with and without disabilities and/or belonging to other marginalised groups have improved access to inclusive eye health in target districts in Bangladesh.

Specific Objective:

  • To promoting Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) in the project districts, including creating provisions for inclusion and accessibility in the partner hospitals for persons with disabilities, women and other marginalized groups.
  • To restore, save and protect people’s sight in an environment that is inclusive and accessible for poor and marginalized groups, including women and men with disabilities.

 Result(s)/Outcome(s):

  • Improved quality of eye care service provision in the target districts in Bangladesh.

Contribute to SDG Goal(s):

  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality. 

Contribute to UNCRPD Article(s): 

Brief Description of the project (within 200 word -What we want to achieve): 

  1. Compiled database of existing organisations working with people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minority groups in the four target districts.
  2. Hospital staff and project management staff are trained on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming. Hospital staff are also trained on Bangla Sign Language.
  3. Conducted coordination meeting jointly with partner hospitals, where representatives of district-level organizations working with the people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minorities groups are participated. Thus, referral linkages are increased to enhance the inclusive eye care services.
  4. A well-designed training booklet/flip chart and a module have been developed and also finalized the training hand out for the hospital staff on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming.
  5. Completed accessibility audit of the partner hospitals and report generation and took several initiatives on disability inclusion at hospitals which includes providing technical support and guidance to install the different signage, reconstruction of the ramp, reception desks and accessible toilets for ensuring accessibility.
  6. Organized meetings of the district committee on protection and rights of the persons with disabilities in three districts.