Approaching Community Empowerment (ACE) Project

 

Location: Ward # 4, 5, 6 & 7 of Tildanga Union, Upazila: Dacope, District: Khulna

Donor: ADRA Sweden

Direct Beneficiaries: 1000

Total Beneficiaries: 8500

Project Duration: 01/07/2018 - 31/12/2019

Total Budget: 10,363,000.00

NGO Bureau Approval Date: 20/11/2018

NGO Bureau Approval Reference No.: 03.09.2666.657.68.125.18/638

 

Project Goal: 

 

Coastal communities’ right to safety from natural disasters enhanced by creating capacitated institutions and economic resilience.

 

 

Key Activities:

 

  • Conduct group meeting with group members

  • Identify and select the participants within the groups

  • Consult with group members for Group Development Committee (GDC) formation and management

  • Open Bank Accounts

  • Conduct meeting bi-weekly with Disaster Resilience Group (DRG- Women Group) and collect savings

  • Arrange an advocacy meeting with Union Parishad

  • Conduct awareness training on need-based issues for the group members

  • Arrange need-based IGA training for the beneficiaries

  • Check the IGA records and monitoring the livelihood performance

  • Arrange a training workshop on couple relation (Family planning, Family Peace & Conflict Resolution, Women and Child Rights, Violence Against Women and Children etc.)

  • Arrange training follow up meeting the group beneficiaries

  • Attend in the different meeting at the community level by other NGOs or govt.

  • Conduct training on disaster preparedness at the group level

  • Organize the quarterly meeting for Union Platform

  • Communicate with local government administration and enhance linkage for govt. partnership

  • Organize training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Early Warning (EW), Primary health care etc for UDMC/Union Platform

  • Monitor the programs

  • Follow up visit quarterly in the project phase out area

  • Invite DMC, UP authorities, community and Upazila administration.

  • Organize an exit conference meeting.

  • Conduct audit of the project Finance.

 

 

Project Description:

 

 

ADRA Bangladesh Program proposes this new intervention as a continuation to the Enhancing Community Resilience Project (MH 17:401 June 2017-June 2018) which focused on building up the capacity of local people and strengthening the local structures. The project equips and empowers locals against natural hazards and poverty. As the project period is approaching its end, this application proposes the new project phase from July 2018-December 2019, a period of 18 months that will focus on the continuation of strengthening the resilience and building up the capacity for the empowerment of the local people of Tildanga Union.

 

The planning for the proposed intervention took place in several stages; i.e., learnings from the previous work experiences, assessment of needs (13-14 March 2018), lessons from and discussions with other actors in the area of intervention, as well as donor evaluations and recommendations. A major reflection on the project progress was that there is a need for a long-term approach that focuses on the sustainable development of livelihoods and different capacities of the local community. Additionally, as there are large-scale interventions by other actors e.g. World Vision, coordination between ADRA Bangladesh and existing actors is essential to ensure aid effectiveness. Finally, an organized, trained, and equipped community is the base of a resilient community and the proposed intervention is assessed and designed by long-experienced ADRA development staff. 

 

Project beneficiaries will be selected in a special consideration and with focus group discussion (FGD) in the community level in order to keep the process transparent. Community leaders, committees and local authorities will assist ADRA Bangladesh in selecting project beneficiaries.

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