Projects in Bangladesh

An inclusive response to COVID-19

Information being disseminated to a community in Bangladesh.

Project lead partner: BRAC

People with disabilities in Bangladesh are facing increased levels of vulnerability and exclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on movement and livelihoods.

This project is addressing the immediate and urgent needs of more than 3,000 households with people with disabilities by distributing food and hygiene packages, providing cash support, setting up handwashing stations, raising awareness about the pandemic and helping children with disabilities with home education. Disabled People's Organisations are being supported to advocate the government for a disability-inclusive COVID-19 response and to include people with disabilities in coordinating responses.

The project will also advocate for and support a disability-inclusive recovery after the crisis, including inclusive economic empowerment, inclusive 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.

Our employment work in Bangladesh

A man using a crutch greets a woman in a wheelchair.

Project lead partner: ADD

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

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

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

Journalist training

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

Project lead partner: BBC Media Action

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.

Vocational training and youth employment

A young man uses a sewing machine.

Project lead partner: BRAC

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 marginalised populations, linking up with disabled people’s organisations to broaden its reach, particularly introducing young deafblind people to the programme.

Inclusive education for 5-15 year olds

A group of girls are dancing. One of them is in a wheelchair.

Project lead partner: Leonard Cheshire

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

We’re working with schools and teachers and the community for a whole-system approach.