CARE’s work in Bangladesh

CARE has worked in Bangladesh since 1949, responding to emergencies and working on long-term development. Our projects have a strong focus on empowering marginalised women. We support women’s economic empowerment and work to reduce gender-based violence, improve access to quality health care and reduce maternal mortality rates. We are committed to tackling the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice. We draw on our grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government and the private sector to amplify the voices of the poor and marginalised to influence public opinion, development practice and policy at all levels.

Emergencies and the changing climate

CARE provides immediate emergency supplies and relief whenever a disaster hits. We work with survivors in the long-term to help them rebuild their lives. We work with communities to reduce the impact of future disasters – for example, creating flood-reduction systems to protect crops and homes. We train farmers in innovative farming methods – such as floating gardens and raising ducks instead of chickens – and work with communities to develop solutions to the causes of long-term food insecurity.

Measuring women’s empowerment

Our Shouhardo programme – which set out to reduce malnutrition among more than 2 million of the poorest people in Bangladesh – achieved astounding results through a simple strategy: women’s empowerment. The programme contributed to a reduction in child stunting (a measure of the impact of malnutrition) by 28% in less than four years, despite a crop-crushing cyclone and food price spikes. Researchers found that women who participated in empowerment interventions to help them fight sexual harassment, move about their communities more freely and gain a greater say in household decisions, were less likely to have stunted children than women who only received direct nutrition interventions such as regular food rations. Watch this short video to find out how women’s empowerment boosted the health of a nation.

CARE's reach

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

Our mission

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.