Bangladesh

We focus on poverty reduction and economic empowerment, building resilience, sustainable food security, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response and equal rights.

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Country Director
Jenny Oskarsson 
Mail: josk@dca.dk  
Mobile: +88017 8918 7707

DanChurchAid 
Plot #934, Kalatoli 
Marine Drive Road 
Cox's Bazar-4700, Bangladesh
Phone:

Turnover
621,000 US$ in 2017

People in need reached
In 2017 DCA has helped 71,419 in Bangladesh

Experience in Bangladesh
DCA has supported relief projects since 1972

DCA in Bangladesh

Bangladesh with a population of around 163 million living in 147,570 km² land, is one of the most densely populated counties in the world. Almost one third of its population (24.3 percent) live below the poverty line. Bangladesh’s economy is primarily dependent on agriculture. However, it is vulnerable to natural hazards like flooding and cyclones, high land salinity, droughts as well as adverse impacts of climate change - especially rising sea level. Scientists have predicted that by the year 2040, the southern part of Bangladesh will be flooded leaving more than 30 million people homeless. These natural hazards pose a threat to food security and livelihood in the region.

Bangladesh is also facing a humanitarian crisis at present. It recently opened its border to about a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Humanitarian response from the Government of Bangladesh, in partnership with the development community since August 25, 2017 has been swift and significant; however, it is far from sufficient. The situation at the refugee shelters in Cox’s Bazaar remains critical and massive loss of life through outbreak of disease is imminent.

DanChurchAid supports partners in Bangladesh by aiding the poor, marginalized community including women and vulnerable groups etc. to reduce poverty through improving livelihoods of poor and extreme poor households, empowering excluded and marginalized communities, and building resilience of disaster and climate vulnerable people within the Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Programme, and Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.

In Cox's Bazar DCA, together with Finn Church Aid, is offering education to young women - watch this video about our work here:

It is now the season for heavy rains in Cox's Bazar, and the monsoon season is imminent. Walk with our reporter through the camp:

DCA is creating safe spaces for women and children in Cox's Bazar, you can watch a video about our programme here:

Click on the link below and download our Fact Sheet about our work 
with the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

DCA in Cox’s Bazar

August 2018, Press release by 45 local, national and international NGOs: One year into the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh

You can find (and download) a PDF version here

Activities in Bangladesh

Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

DCA Bangladesh’s programme on Economic Empowerment is being implemented in the Northern part of Bangladesh, Sunamganj and Thakurgaon districts, through various partners under a three-year programme cycle (2017-19).

The programme works with smallholder farmer/producer groups of both on-farm and off-farm. By following inclusive market based strategic interventions, the programme aims to promote value chain development of cash crops, and both high and low value existing crops/ products. It also focuses on scaling up production and strengthening market networks to promote climate friendly agriculture and renewable energy.

DCA works on capacity building, awareness raising with relevant stakeholders and works closely with the community to increase resilience to disasters and climate change.

Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

DCA has been working in Bangladesh since 2009 to provide humanitarian assistance in both sudden onset and slow onset natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, fire and drought, and complex crisis caused primarily by war and conflict. Additionally, DCA works on capacity building, raising awareness on rights based issues with the stakeholders and close community engagement to increase resilience to disasters and climate change.

DCA, along with other partners in the country, advocates for local populations where core humanitarian principles and standards are not respected. One of its core humanitarian response activites at present is providing support to the displaced Rohingya people, especially Rohingya women, in Cox’s Bazar district to ensure food security and shelter.

Disaster affected vulnerable communities are the right holders of Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme. Humanitarian response and DRR interventions focuses primarily on women, children, differently able persons, elderly and socially excluded households.

DCA Rohingya Refugee Response Programme

DCA Rohingya Refugee Response Programme

Overview

At least 914,700 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar resides in camps and host-communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The settlements in Cox’s Bazar are high-risk areas for natural disasters during the monsoon season and due to cyclone risks.

80% of individuals in the camps targeted by DCA are women and children.

100% of the target population is dependent on humanitarian assistance to cover their food needs.

Over 80% of Rohingya refugees are illiterate, while it is estimated that the number is even higher for women and girls.

DCA is focusing on the following activities

DCA is focusing on the following activities

The overall goal of DCA’s Rohingya Refugee Response Programme is to save lives, protect people from violence and abuse and to build more resilient communities with access to quality services.

Sexual and Gender based violence: Operating two Safe Spaces for Women and Girls where psychosocial support and case management services are available for survivors and women and girls at risk. Outreach activities target women, girls, men, boys, service providers and stakeholders to increase awareness on issues related to GBV and protection.

Education in emergencies: Engaging women and girls in informal education activities such as life skills, livelihoods, numeracy and literacy to strengthen their skills and abilities to care for themselves. This is also a method of psychosocial support by giving the women something to do.

Disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness: Engaging in DRR activities including trainings on risk awareness and upgradation of shelters and site structures to secure people’s access to services and their resilience to deal with disasters. Linked to protection, this includes installation of solar lamps in risk areas, emergency bathing spaces for women and cash for work activities to transfer resources to refugees and most vulnerable host-communities.

Emergency response: Having capacity to respond with site repairs and cash transfer programming. Training of disaster management committees and distribution of essential equipment to these. The GBV teams are available to support risk mapping and assessments after major disasters and relocations of the population.

DCA has an ambition to scale up cash transfer programming and livelihoods for refugee and host communities.

Facts

Facts

DCA were among the first responders arriving in Cox Bazar in September 2017, since then we have enhanced the protection of 110,000 individuals.

Projects: 9 projects in Cox’s Bazar funded by Danida, UNICEF, DFID, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with FCA support.

Employees: 55 DCA staff (including 3 expats) and 48 Rohingya refugee volunteers.

Partners: Working together with one local partner, COAST Trust, and in consortium with 4 other partners. DCA has an ambition to scale up on local partner implementation.

Where we work

Where we work

DCA is strategically focused on camps south of Kutupalong-Balukhali expansion sites and have focused most activities in:

Jamtoli/Camp 15 (45,680 people) in Ukhia: Operating one GBV safe space, one GBV outreach team, and implementing various DRR and site improvement activities

Chakmarkul/Camp 21 (12,360 people) in Teknaf: Operating one GBV safe space, two GBV outreach teams, and implementing various DRR and site improvement activities, where DCA holds a coordinating role in the camp. DCA’s partner COAST is active in Kutupalong operating two women friendly spaces, and implementing WASH, risk awareness and PSS activities.

DCA is registered in Bangladesh and have implemented development and humanitarian programmes through local partners since 19

DCA works in line with the joint response plan for the Rohingya response 2018

DCA works in line with the joint response plan for the Rohingya response 2018

Protection, Objective 3: Provide a community-based approach to the response and provide protection services to persons at heightened risk.

Protection, Objective 5: Enhance access and improve quality response and prevention services for individuals at risk of gender-based violence.

Site Management,Objective 2: Improve physical site access and safe and dignified living conditions for refugees, and adjacent host communities, including reducing their vulnerability to natural hazards.

Shelter & NFIs, Objective 2: Improve living conditions contributing to reduced suffering, enhanced protection, dignity and safety.

Shelter & NFIs, Objective 4: Promote use of alternative cooking stoves and fuel.

Food Security, Objective 2: Strengthen, enhance and support the livelihoods of host communities and promote self-reliance opportunities for Rohingya refugees, including support to key community infrastructures such as markets, agriculture infrastructures and environmentally sensitive interventions.

Click the button and download our Fact Sheet about our work 
with the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

DCA in Cox’s Bazar

Read stories

Cox's Bazar, A million people trapped in a place without hope
The lives of refugees here in Cox’s Bazar on the southernmost headland of Bangladesh are more wretched than any other place.

Samia gets a break from her worries at the Women’s Centre
Although she is just 20 years old, Samia has suddenly become the head of a family and breadwinner for her three younger siblings. 

Ducks Empowered Women Economically
DCA’s Duck Value Chain (DVC) project have supported the poorest women in the Haor region of Bangladesh.

Where we work in Bangladesh

Donors in Bangladesh

Huts on the slopes of the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar 

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Life at the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar 

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Life at the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Life at the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

Tree planting in Jamtoli-camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Tree planting at Jamtoli camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Tree planting at Jamtoli camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Solar lamp to ensure safe passage at night

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Building bridges in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Building bridges in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Building bridges in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Safe space for women and children in the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Safe spaces for women and children in the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar

©Tine Sletting Jakobsen

Our global goals

Save lives
Our goal is to protect and save lives 

Build resilient communities
Our goal is to ensure sustainable development

Fight extreme inequality
Our goal is to fight political, social and environmental and economic inequality