Project profile — Strengthening Resilience in Cox's Bazar


IOM – International Organization for Migration (47066)
2018-03-29 - 2020-03-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (70.00%)
• Social protection and welfare services policy, planning and administration:
Social protection and welfare services policy, planning and administration (16011) (15.00%)
Multi-sector aid for basic social services (16050) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to strengthen the resilience of the host communities in the Cox’s Bazar district, benefiting approximately 116,000 people, the majority women and girls. Project activities include: (1) maintaining health infrastructure in target facilities; (2) enhancing community outreach and engaging target groups to use sexual reproductive health and primary health care facilities; (3) creating and enhancing women-friendly spaces for survivors of gender-based violence; (4) creating and enhancing child-friendly spaces; (5) setting up adolescent clubs; (6) creating learning centers; (7) training teachers; and(8) building the capacity of local organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved provision and usage of sexual and reproductive health services; (2) scaled up protection services and coping mechanisms for vulnerable women and girls; (3) improved access of children, girls and boys, including adolescents to safe, and protective learning environments; (4) improved access of out-of-school children aged 4-14 years to developmentally appropriate learning; (5) improved management of education by local education officers; and (6) improved compliance of local non-governmental organizations and government programming with international standards.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2020) include: (1) recorded 5,724 skilled and safe deliveries, including caesarean sections, at seven health facilities established by the project; (2) established a network of 364 community health workers (of whom 56 are Rohingya and 308 are from the host community) to deliver door-to-door behaviour change messaging and encourage the timely seeking of professional assistance at health facilities; (3) 50,421 pregnant women (of whom 50% are from the host communities) received antenatal care, while 9,425 mothers (of whom 52% are from the host communities) received postnatal care; (4) 149 traditional birth attendants (TBAs) received training on referral requirements for pregnant mothers to deliver at health facilities; 550 complicated pregnancy cases were successfully referred by TBAs for safer deliveries; (5) 459 community health workers received formal training in sexual, reproductive and health rights (SRHR), enabling 450,718 women to have SRHR information; (6) 1,329 individuals (of whom 8,294 are in camps, 6,151 are from the host communities) received training on the basic concepts of gender-based violence (GBV); (7) 915 individuals, identified as victims of trafficking or survivors of GBV, received individual case management support and multi-sectoral services, such as medical assistance, temporary shelter, along with livelihood or income generation support; (8) 6,120 adolescents (of whom 52% are girls) received life skills development support through the 101 adolescent clubs founded by the project (of which 74 are located in Rohingya refugee camps and 27 are located in host communities); (9) established 16 safe spaces for women and girls and 40 community-based child protection committees for the continued response to women and girls’ needs. This includes the identification of vulnerable children and their referrals to service providers; (10) Under the education component, enabled 3,174 children ages 4 to 14 (of whom 51% are girls) to access non-formal education in 53 learning centres established in Rohingya refugee camps and surrounding host communities; (11) 546 women (of whom 351 are from the host community and 195 are Rohingya) received integrated training in business, financial literacy and support for local market access. Training components also included tailoring, handicraft making and food processing. Beneficiaries also received tools/equipment for income-generating activities and small cash grants for start-up businesses. Of the host community women, 93 who are ultra-poor received transferrable assets (such as cows, goats and poultry) for household income generation; and (12) 195 Rohingya women received tools for starting up their small businesses, including kitchen utensils, liquid petroleum gas cylinders and cooking stoves with accessories for faster food processing. They also received sewing machines with accessories for income generation.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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