Practical Action Bangladesh
The following projects have now finished. For an up-to-date overview of our current project work, please see our Reducing Vulnerability, Markets and Livelihoods and Infrastructure Services programmes.
Disappearing Lands: supporting communities affected by river erosion
This project (also known as the River Erosion Project - REP) ran from April 2004 to March 2009 to address the development needs of communities who have been displaced by river erosion and those who are living under the threat of being eroded in the near future. Practical Action's work with poor communities affected by river erosion continues in the Pathways from Poverty (Shiree) project.
Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihoods (FoSHoL) project
This project, which ended in June 2009, aimed to increase the food and nutritional security of resource poor fsmall and marginal farmers with poor resources in Jamalpur and Greater Faridpur districts of Bangladesh, through diversifying farming systems and livelihood opportunities.
Increasing the resilience of poor communities to cope with the impact of climate change
This project, which ended in 2007, aimed to increase the resilience of poor people to cope with, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This was achieved through strengthening the capacity of vulnerable communities to prepare for and adapt to changing and extreme weather conditions. Read more »
Small Enterprise Development
Small Enterprise Unit (SEU) is now implementing the second phase of a project titled "Sustainable Livelihoods through Capacity Building and Enterprise Development". In the first phase, which began in 1995 and ended in 1999, the project aimed to develop income and employment opportunities for poor people, particularly women, in rural areas. It also worked for demonstrating new opportunities for small non-farm enterprises in rural areas, strengthening indigenous NGO capacity to support income and revenue generating activities, improving marketing opportunities and establishing a resource of information, assistance and training available from institutions and other NGOs in Bangladesh. The project strengthened the capacity of 21 NGOs in Barisal, Faridpur and Dinajpur enabling them to support their beneficiaries in non-farm business activities through capacity building plan, technical and equipment support, counselling, information and marketing support etc.
Practical Action Bangladesh completed a one-year project titled Cleaner Technology Performance Indicators of Small and Medium Enterprises in 2001. Through an exhaustive research with around 20 NGOs involved in various enterprises, the Project developed some indicators for cleaner production, maintaining hygienic standards and sustainable waste management.
Appropriate Technology Forum
A one-year research project on the possibility of formation of an Appropriate Technology Forum involving organisations working with appropriate technologies, ended in 2001. The project investigated the possibilities of forming such Forum, surveyed the organisations working with appropriate technologies, assessed the probable activities of such Forum and its usefulness. The research revealed that there is a demand for such forum. But the problems of leadership and initiative were the main hindrances in forming the Forum.
Practical Action Bangladesh worked on various issues of appropriate technologies. Two major areas where substantial work was carried out are Textile Dyeing and Handmade Paper. The work on Textile Dyeing focussed on the quality of dye, its effect on human being, environment etc.; design of clothes, alternative dyes, organic dyes and the means and ways of improving the condition of textile dyeing sector.
The handmade paper project ended in 1998. A local NGO called SEDS was supported to set up the Paper Mill titled Udyog. Excepting technological issues, the NGO was supported in marketing, quality control, management and so on. Practical Action-Bangladesh withdrew itself from the project after the partner NGO developed capacity to run and manage it.
A report on the entire Technical Procedure of Handmade Papermaking was published in light of the project experience. The report with extensive information on raw materials, production, technical and other related issues of handmade papermaking is considered to be a guide to handmade Papermaking.
The Agro-processing Program implemented five projects namely Food Processing for Income Generation, South Asia Agro-processing Program, Energy and Street Food, Understanding the Urban Livelihoods and Asia Regional Cook stove Program.
Focussing mainly on training, the Agro-processing Program implemented its first phase of project titled "Training for Livelihood Security" between 1990 and 1998. Emerged out as the single most important activity, training on food processing covered a wide range of skills enhancing the ability to operate the introduced technology, product promotion, management of employees, accounting and scheduling of production and marketing.
With the aim to get a video produced by village illiterate women, the project had the objective to shed light on the common women's skills and capabilities which remain unrecognised due to a male chauvinist paradigm of thinking and social pattern. The women were facilitated to use ICTs with a view to solve their problems with the help of the advanced technological facilities.