Project profile — BRAC Strategic Partnership Arrangement - BRAC-SPA


2021-03-23 - 2026-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Education facilities and training (11120) (4.00%)
• Primary education:
Primary education (11220) (2.00%)
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (3.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (3.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (5.00%)
Basic nutrition (12240) (4.00%)
• Health: COVID-19 control (12264) (33.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (20.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (12.00%)
Family planning (13030) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (9.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to empower the most underserved and disenfranchised women and girls in Bangladesh (including those with disabilities) to gain greater access to and control over resources, decisions and actions that affect their lives. The project components are designed to achieve the following goals: (1) lowering levels of extreme poverty; (2) increasing access to quality essential services for the poorest and most marginalized groups in Bangladesh; (3) creating employment opportunities for underprivileged youth, extremely poor disabled people and migrants; (4) increasing economic and social empowerment of women; (5) improving the status of women and girls and reduce violence against women girls; and (6) improving COVID-19 management by communities. Project activities include: (1) enabling 6,650 households to graduate from extreme poverty with better sustainable livelihoods and socioeconomic resilience; (2) strengthening the resilience of 17,500 climate vulnerable households; (3) providing comprehensive health and SRHR services to 100,000 people; (4) supporting 5,550 children (at least 50% girls and 2% with disabilities) to complete primary education with better learning competencies; (5) training 1,360 people with marketable skills linked to decent employment opportunities; (6) providing counseling and legal aid services to 20,750 women survivors of violence against women; (7) engaging with over 1 million people through awareness efforts on violence against women and children and prevention of child marriage; (8) producing and distributing reusable cloth masks among the low-income people to slow down community transmission of COVID-19; (9) improving protective health initiatives through community engagement and communication for better case management, infection prevention, risk reduction and awareness building; and (10) creating access to livelihood support mechanisms in post-pandemic recovery.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased use of critical services (livelihood, finance, assets, education, health, water and sanitation, and legal aid services), especially by marginalized women and girls in hard to reach areas; (2) improved services and mechanisms (e.g. legal, SRHR, sexual and gender-based violence, and child marriage) at the local level to respond to gender-specific constraints on rights; (3) improved capacity of national government to effectively implement gender-responsive policies; and (4) increased community adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and decreased effects of COVID-19 at the community levels.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) provided financial and business development services to 15,272,878 people (13,789,929 women, 1,483,017 men, and 284 transgender), ultra-poor households and enterprises; (2) provided economic empowerment support to 9,793, 288 women; (3) trained 60,579 people (32,175 women, 28,381 men, and 23 transgender) on employability and entrepreneurship skills for decent employment; (4) 375,036 students graduated from non-formal primary schools and Non-Profit Organizations (NGO) partner schools. This includes 201,908 women, 173,128 men, and 10,100 people with disability (PWD); (5) increased awareness on gender equality and women empowerment to 27,355,083 people (26,813,735 women and 18,971 men); (6) provided legal services, counselling, rehabilitation, and medical support to 41,384 survivors of violence against women and girls; (7) provided support to 587,180 people (407,593 women, 179,405 men and 29 transgender) to prevent, respond and end sexual and gender-based violence. This includes children, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation; (8) provided disaster risk reduction and preparedness interventions to 15,139,371 vulnerable households; (9) trained 1,350 health care service providers on Sexual Reproduction and Health Rights; (10) reached 3,027,464 people with health services; and (11) provided modern contraception to 1,723,848 people.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $9,604,462
Planned disbursement $9,322,600
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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