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Community Empowerment Project (CEP) - Manikganj (Phase II)


Location: High School Road, Upazila Sador, Daulatpur, Manikganj-1860

Donor: ADRA Sweden/SMC

Direct Beneficiaries: 1000 (Households)

Indirect Beneficiaries: 4000

Total Beneficiaries: 5000

Project Duration: 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2026

Total Budget: BDT 4,48,64,299.00

NGO Bureau Approval Date: 25/09/2022

NGO Bureau  Approval Reference No. : 03.07.0000.657.68.07.22-725 

Project Goal: 


Bangladeshi communities overcome poverty through improved livelihood, socio-economic, healthy, and disaster-resilient living conditions by the end of project intervention (2023).



Key Activities:


  • Self-help Groups/Samiti formation and registration

  • Develop awareness of health and literacy

  • Enhance capacity on need-based IGA

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Transfer agriculture technologies

  • Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)

  • Encourage organic farming

  • Develop a linkage with the government

  • Observe related national and international days

  • Early warning dissemination/resilience

  • Staff capacity building

  • Follow up Phase-out areas

  • Monitoring & evaluation of the programs/project interventions

  • Conduct a baseline survey

  • Mid-term/End-line Evaluation

  • A quarterly follow-up visit in the project phase-out area

  • Conduct the audit of the Project Finance

  • Monthly staff coordination meeting



Project Description:



Manikganj is a district in the central region of the country with a major river cutting through it. It comprises an area of 1,383.66 km (534.23 sq mi), bounded by Tangail District on the north, Dhaka District on the east, Faridpur, and Dhaka districts on the south, the rivers Padma, Jamuna, and the districts of Pabna and Rajbari on the west. The main rivers are the Padma, Jamuna, Dhaleshwari, Ichamati, and Kaliganga. Manikgonj is more vulnerable to various natural disasters. For these rivers, Flood and Riverbank erosion are common phenomena in this area. Manikganj District has a population of 1,274,829; 51.16% male and 48.84% female; the population density is 2582. Among the peasants, landless 23%, marginal peasants 29%, were small peasants 25%, intermediate 18%, and 5% rich. Average literacy is 26.9% (male 33.7% and female 20.1%). Manikganj had been selected as the work area because the area is frequently affected by floods. Most of the people in this area are vulnerable to flood and experience loss due to floods.


This proposed intervention should contribute to the communities being resilient against floods. Awareness on how to be prepared for the flood, having communities’ volunteers to help them in times of need, having demonstrations of the marketplace being raised, and demonstrated household raised towards motivation about lasting protection to keep their livelihood continuing. Raised households and pathways build or repaired will be protected by tree plantation.


The district is identified as one of the poorest, and most vulnerable to flooding. The current location has been so far successful in getting organized in committees to mitigate flood effects, get trained in some areas, inspired in savings, as well as built-up group commonality. The target group needs more nurturing to be capacitated for institutionalization and further development and sustainability. As the community has positively responded to the project intervention and themselves have identified the needs that can be dealt with in the coming phase of the project, the needs are the reflection of their thoughts. The current need assessment has been through random visits by staff to the relevant parties including communities and intensive sessions with Project staff to define the community needs. This intervention will be building the capacity of the male and female to diversify opportunities. Vocational education and input to start small IGA will help them to have a sustainable income source for the household.


The most crucial needs in the community or geographical location are health, agriculture, education, economy, and natural hazard as well as sanitation and hygiene that mostly arise from the flood. These altogether impact the social aspects of the community.

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