Project profile — Gender-Responsive Skills and Livelihoods in Cox’s Bazar


ILO - International Labour Organization (41302)
2022-03-27 - 2025-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (23.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (43.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (34.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• 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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to address the livelihood challenges of host communities and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The project focuses on the challenges women, youth, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups face. The project contributes to alleviating tensions between both communities. Also, It seeks to identify strategies to implement and expand activities for Rohingya refugees, particularly women, to keep their hopes on a sustainable return to Myanmar while being productive and having a purpose in Bangladesh. The project consists of two different components: to improve the resilience and self-reliance of Rohingya refugees, especially women, youth, and people with disabilities; and to strengthen the economic empowerment and economic participation of members of the host communities in Cox’s Bazar, in particular adolescents and youths, women and persons with disabilities. To enable a system change, the project works with multi-level stakeholders, including business owners, management committees, training service providers, teachers, parents, trainers and community leaders, among others. Project activities include: (1) increasing access to education and providing technical skills training based on needs assessments to Rohingya refugees, especially women and youths; (2) providing and facilitating opportunities to skills training graduates; (3) providing pre-vocational training on literacy, numeracy and life skills to refugee adolescents and youth with a specific focus on girls and women; (4) developing high potential tourism destinations in collaboration with government and market actors; (5) promoting self/wage-employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in and around the selected tourists’ destinations, with priority given to women’s economic opportunities; (6) building gender-responsive and eco-friendly community-based tourism developed, including initiatives by local women and girls, through improved competencies, infrastructure and services; and (7) increasing production and productivity of agricultural products promoted complying with the supply requirement of the camps. This project is jointly implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and BRAC.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved transferable skills of Rohingya refugees in preparation for voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration through a gender-inclusive approach in alliance with Myanmar’s skills development system; (2) improved access to opportunities to utilize technical skills and enhance livelihoods and self-reliance of Rohingya refugees, including women, adolescents and youths; (3) improved expansion and growth of enterprises, business and employment opportunities in growth-oriented, employment-intensive sectors and value-chains in Cox’s Bazar; (4) ensured women, people with disabilities and youth in Cox’s Bazar have quality-assured skills in demand on the labour market; and (5) ensured Cox’s Bazar District Administration Office, in collaboration with the private sector and workers’ organisations, effectively manages and monitors the district’s skills and livelihood programmes .

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2022 include: (1) 100 instructors trained and certified on community-based training (CBT) methodology and gender-responsive adult education; (2) 5,180 adolescents and youth (2,675 women, and 51.6% refugees) were provided with pre-vocational training on literacy, numeracy, and life skills using learning materials developed by BRAC University; (3) 2,180 children enrolled in the pre-vocational classes in Bhasan Char; (4) 650 households were provided with community-based aquaculture training and input support. This includes inputs such as fish fingerlings, fish feed, fishing nets, vegetable seeds, manure, and fencing materials (bamboo) for the vegetable gardens surrounding the aquaculture area; (5) produced 2.9 tonnes of fish during the reporting period and distributed them among the participating households (4.5 kilograms per household). This contributed to fulfilling their nutritional (protein consumption) food security needs; (6) 600 households received capacity-building training on poultry farming, 500 chickens, and five sheds as input support. They also provided them with medicine, vaccination guns, and cooling boxes for vaccine transportation to prevent poultry diseases; and (7) 125 households were trained on sheep rearing, such as feeding management, health, and growth monitoring. They also received four sheep each, which enabled the meaningful engagement of beneficiaries in livestock rearing and improved food security.

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 Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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