Nearly Tk114 crore will be dedicated to Covid-19 responses and around Tk190 crore will address the need of both host communities and Rohingyas
The European Union, on Thursday, announced around Tk 304 crore (€32 million) in funding to contribute to the needs of Rohingyas in the camps and the Bangladeshi host communities of Cox’s Bazar.
The fund is in support of the generous efforts deployed by Bangladesh by hosting around one million Rohingyas, said the EU delegation in Dhaka on Thursday.
Nearly Tk 114 crore will be dedicated to Covid-19 responses and around Tk 190 crore will address the need of both host communities and Rohingya through an integrated approach on improved access to basic services in education, food security and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and enhance their resilience and protection.
The Tk 190 crore action also includes a complementary small cross-border operation worth about 9.5 crore to enhance conflict sensitivity and mutual understanding among civil society organizations assisting the refugee, IDP and host communities on the other side of the border.
All EU-funded activities will address important cross-cutting issues such as protection of girls and women, sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and psychosocial support.
“The €32 million funding is an important contribution to Bangladesh’s continuous generosity and humanity in hosting Rohingya that fled neighbouring Myanmar,” said EU ambassador in Dhaka Rensje Teerink.
“It is part of the Team Europe global response to Covid-19 in the country with a specific component to support the needs of both Bangladeshi host communities of Cox’s Bazar and Rohingyas in the camps to address the crisis worsened by the pandemic”, she added.