CSA for SUN organized roundtable with the lawmakers
The Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition, which was formed in line with the global ‘1,000 days’ movement, organized the roundtable with the lawmakers .It was aimed at convincing MPs about the need of a multi-sectoral approach in the nutrition sector. Studies show 1,000 days of a child beginning from the mother’s womb are crucial for its ultimate growth and development. At least 17 MPs including Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, and Chief Whip ASM Feroz attended the roundtable. The civil society group urged them to talk about nutrition in their monthly meetings at their constituencies.The health minister said they would finalise the national nutrition policy soon. He also sought exclusive time to discussion on health issues including nutrition in Parliament. Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah said, “We can form a separate parliamentary caucus for working on nutrition.”
Bangladesh begins a $200M livelihoods project with the World Bank
On 5th May 2015, the Government of Bangladesh signed a $200 million financing agreement with the World Bank for the Livelihood Improvement Project to improve the livelihoods for five million rural poor. The project focuses on supporting and enabling access to markets through business partnerships to empower rural communities. The project will mobilize the extreme poor, who often remain left out from micro credit schemes, by building and strengthening community institutions including Nuton Jibon community societies. In addition, the project will raise nutrition awareness, share agricultural knowledge and focus on enhancing youth skills so that they can take advantage of employment opportunities. The project will also fund small scale rural infrastructure.
“While Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty over the past four decades, poverty remains more pervasive in rural areas than in urban areas in Bangladesh,” said Christine Kimes, Acting Country Head, World Bank Bangladesh. “The project is a testament to the Government’s continued commitment for accelerating pro-poor growth,” said Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Government of Bangladesh. She added, “Following a community driven approach, the project will increase income and create employment opportunities for the poor and extreme poor population in the rural areas.”
Reference: Scaling Up Nutrition Website