The Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) works with extreme poor households living on island chars in north western Bangladesh, and aims to improve the livelihoods of over one million people. The CLP is jointly funded by UKaid through the Department for International Development and the Australian Government (Australian Aid) through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), sponsored by the Rural Development and Co-operatives Division of the Government of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, and implemented through Maxwell Stamp Plc.The first phase of the CLP (CLP-1) ran between 2004-2010, and worked on the chars of the Jamuna River in the districts of Kurigram, Bogra, Gaibandha, Sirajgonj and Jamalpur. CLP-1 targeted 55,000 of the poorest households and is estimated to have benefitted more than 900,000 people. Click here for background to the CLP
Objectives under CLP-2CLP-2 began in April 2010 and follows on from CLP-1, but with a redefined working area. CLP-2 will continue to work in Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jampalpur, as well as the new districts of Lalmonhirat, Nilpharmari, Rangpur, Pabna and Tangail. CLP-2 will run until 2016 with the aim of lifting 78,000 households out of extreme poverty.
The key facts about the Chars Livelihoods Programme are:
Where we work
Who we work with
The core package
78,000 households living on island chars receive: In income generating asset of their own choice valued at Taka 17,500 (approximately equivalent to GBP 146). Access to clean water and a sanitary latrine; Homestead raised on a plinth above the highest known flood level; Stipend payments for 18 months; Access to a village savings and loans group; Access to a social development group (comprising between 20 and 25 other female core participants) comprising a modular course lasting 18 months; Various livelihoods training and inputs; Vouchers to access the CLPs health services