Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries, with around 160 million people packed into a delta sized 130,168 square kilometers, which empties into the Bay of Bengal. The geographical setting of Bangladesh coupled with climate change makes it subject to catastrophic natural disasters. In particular, Bangladesh’s 600km coastline is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world.

Poverty is deep and widespread; almost half of the population lives on less than one dollar per day. We view all our work in Bangladesh through the lens of making communities more resilient and enhancing the leadership contribution made by women.

Oxfam in Bangladesh

Oxfam’s involvement in Bangladesh began in 1970 assisting the then cyclone victims and supporting the people of Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971. For our work in 1971 Oxfam was one of only three organizations honored as a Friend of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 2012.

We work with a wide range of partners including civil society organizations, NGOs, media organizations, foreign and local universities, private sector companies and different levels of government. We see a particular role for Oxfam as a network facilitator between the wide range of power holders and poor people in Bangladesh.

Focus of our work

Our objectives in Bangladesh:

  1. Gender justice – Empower women to make meaningful decisions concerning themselves, their families, their community and their country, through their realization of their rights, their control of resources, their freedom from violence, and their access to, and influence within, social and political space.
  2. Education – Enhance the quality of education for all, and enabling more girls and young women to have sustained access to quality education.
  3. Secure livelihoods – Increase the food and income security for the most marginalized people through increased resilience of their communities and livelihoods to change and disaster.
  4. Humanitarian response – Help vulnerable women, men, boys and girls, their communities, government and humanitarian actors so they will be better able to cope with and adapt to shocks. We achieve this through preparedness and improved policy, resulting in reduced negative impact for women and men, more rapid and effective gendered response, and more rapid long term recovery.