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World Bank grants $165 million for multi-sector Rohingya crisis response

  • Published at 08:42 pm May 8th, 2019
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The grant will also benefit the host population

The World Bank has given a $165 million grant under the project "Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response" to help Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

An agreement was signed, between Bangladesh's government and the World Bank at Economic Relation Division (ERD) of planning commission on Wednesday.

Dandan Chen, World Bank acting country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan said: "The government and people of Bangladesh have shown generosity to almost a million Rohingya refugees, but now they need to address: basic services, sanitation, education, and environment.

"This project addresses the current refugee crisis but goes further to help strengthen the government's overall capacity to plan, coordinate, and respond to emergencies."

Under the project, 53 multi-purpose disaster shelters in-and-around the Rohingya camp will be built. It will pave more than 200km of roads, provide water and sanitation services for around 200,000 people and set up 1,500 solar streets light. 

The project will also strengthen emergency response services, provide the community with work and services, plus prevent gender-based violence.

During the signing ceremony, Secretary of ERD Monowar Ahmed said, "Currently there are more Rohingya refugees than locals. The locals are now facing a job crisis for the Rohingya people. 

"This grant will help the locals too."

The secretary added: "We are happy that the World Bank has given this grant to improve the living conditions of the Forcible Displaced Rohingya Population (FDRP)."