In Bangladesh, we are working with our partners to develop best approaches to inclusive education and with employers and jobseekers to match skills and experience to real jobs.

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Inclusive Futures in Bangladesh

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Country partner spotlight: BRAC

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and today is a global leader in developing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone and post-disaster settings.

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News: Highlighting challenges for jobseekers

The Inclusive Futures formal employment programme has reached the milestone of 10,000 completed modules of employability training for jobseekers with disabilities. Their experiences highlight why it is vital to improve opportunities and challenge discrimination.
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Mohua Paul

“People are not talking with people with disability, others are talking.”

Mohua Paul, co-founder of Access Bangladesh Foundation
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Projects in Bangladesh

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An inclusive response to COVID-19

Project lead partner: BRAC
Funder: UK Aid

This project addressed the immediate needs of more than 3,000 households with people with disabilities – distributing food and hygiene packages, providing cash support, raising awareness about COVID-19 and helping children with disabilities with home education.

The project will also work with Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) to support a disability-inclusive recovery, including advocating for inclusive economic empowerment, remote education and psychosocial support.

The Programme for Evidence to Inform Disability Action (PENDA), IDS and the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development will conduct research and provide evidence about the effectiveness of inclusive COVID-19 interventions.

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Our employment work in Bangladesh

Project lead partner: ADD International
Funder: UK Aid

We are collaborating with different private sector partners, particularly in the ready-made garment and retail industries to support more inclusive employment practices.

We are working with four large employers to improve hiring opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. We are also strengthening the support offered by the Bangladesh Business Disability Network to provide training for people with disabilities and advice to employers.

In Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong, we conducted a large-scale mapping exercise to match jobseekers with disabilities with employers. Working with umbrella body, Access Bangladesh, the team have identified 1,778 people with appropriate skills who might be able to find opportunities with local employers.

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Vocational training and youth employment

Project lead partner: BRAC
Funder: UK Aid

We’re taking a tried and tested employment programme run by BRAC in Bangladesh – Skills Training for Advancing Resources (STAR) programme – and through partnership, adapting it to be inclusive.

This involves working with populations that are marginalised, linking up with OPDs to broaden its reach – in particular, introducing young deafblind people to the programme.

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Inclusive education for 5-15 year olds

Project lead partner: Leonard Cheshire
Funder: UK Aid

In Bangladesh we are focusing on ways to improve and expand quality inclusive education for children between the ages of five and 15 who have either never been enrolled in or who have dropped out of school due to an inaccessible and unsupportive educational environment.

We are working with schools, teachers and the community for a whole-system approach.

Bishawjit Das, BBC Media Action Production Manager sees the work prosses at BBC Media Action, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Journalist training

Project lead partner: BBC Media Action
Funder: UK Aid

BBC Media Action has completed a series of training sessions for journalists around disability-inclusive reporting.

The project trained 150 journalists across radio, TV, online and print, to support a more disability-positive and inclusive style of reporting.