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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.104

Projects, Programs, and Services for Marginalized Groups: The Case of Women in Bangladesh River Islands (Chars)



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Suzanne Hanchett, IUAES 2019 - REVISED ABSTRACT This talk reviews some women’s issues and human development needs in socially marginalized river island (char) populations of Bangladesh. Char people’s needs and concerns have low priority in policy circles and government offices. Hundreds of NGO programs and three large donor-funded projects have tried to improve the livelihoods and reduce the vulnerability of these very poor populations. All of the donor projects have focused on women’s concerns. Evaluation studies have shown some positive results, but projects are always temporary. Providing health, education, and other essential public services to them in their island settlements is very very inconvenient because of the lack of infrastructure and hazards of water travel and regular flooding and land erosion; but without this step, little will improve for char dwellers. Women’s direct participation in future planning is essential.