The $35 million grant will go towards providing work opportunities and community services to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
The World Bank (WB) has provided $35 million to Bangladesh to help ensure basic services and utilities for the Rohingyas currently residing in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas of Cox's Bazar.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has partnered with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to support community resilience in the Rohingya camps here.
This funding has been delivered as part of a larger grant of $165 million from WB to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, with WFP implementing part of the overall project.
A press release was issued in this regard on Thursday.
The $35 million grant will go towards providing work opportunities and community services to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
This includes food assistance support to 700,000 people as part of the Covid-19 humanitarian response in the Rohingya camps.
“Post Covid-19 restrictions, the project will scale up self-reliance opportunities for extremely vulnerable families in the camps and target young people with volunteering opportunities to promote social cohesion. The self-reliance programs aim to improve the economic and social resilience of the 60,000 displaced Rohingya households.
“This is done through working days centred around short-term community service, volunteer services, and training courses. It also includes skills development and self-reliance activities for vulnerable households. For extremely vulnerable households and individuals, it includes transfers in return for their engagement in volunteer networks,” read the release.
This project will provide work opportunities for around 40,000 displaced Rohingya households which are equivalent to reaching more than 20% of the camp population, to help improve camp conditions through public works such as site, accessibility, and drainage improvement as well as reforestation.
Addressing the development, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Shah Kamal, said: “I hope the implementation of this agreement is conducive to improving access to the rights and privileges of the Rohingyas.”
Echoing the same, WFP Representative to Bangladesh Richard Ragan, said: “These are important programs for both the Rohingyas and the host communities.
“To improve medium to long-term resilience and social cohesion, people need to have the skills, market linkages, and resources to improve their long-term food security.”
WFP provides food assistance to 860,000 Rohingyas each month and is supporting around 600,000 people in the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
The UNWFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity, and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.