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Canada to provide CAD 45m to support vulnerable people

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Canada to provide CAD 45m to support vulnerable people

Canada’s Minister of International Development Karina Gould on Thursday announced CAD 45 million over the next five years to support increasing services to Bangladesh’s most vulnerable populations, including the hard-to-reach ones.

The announcement was made on the concluding day of Minister Gould’s three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh.

Canada is committed to investing in partnerships to support the most marginalised, including women and girls in Bangladesh, according to a press statement of the High Commission of Canada in Dhaka.

It said Canada’s support will fund BRAC led multi-sector initiatives, including programming in skills and vocational training and public health outreach tailored to reach children and families that are unable to access the services they need.

It will also strengthen BRAC’s interventions related to human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition and ending gender-based violence against women and children. Programming will also focus on, and support, Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response and inclusive economic recovery, reads the statement.

With this contribution, Canada joins the Strategic Partnership Agreement, a long-term tripartite partnership with BRAC and the Government of Australia.

Canada’s contributions to the partnership will expand BRAC’s integrated healthcare, education, legal services, skills development and livelihood service delivery to hard-to-reach areas and the most marginalised populations.

This partnership is closely aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and is built on BRAC’s longstanding women-centred development approach which prioritises the empowerment of women and girls.

Minister Gould on Thursday virtually visited Bhashantek slum in Dhaka to see first-hand the impacts of BRAC’s urban development programming, which will receive continued support through the partnership.

She also met young women engaged in skills training, health care workers supporting soon-to-be-mothers and witnessed the BRAC-led COVID-19 prevention and response activities in action.

BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh accompanied the Minister on the visit, with both acknowledging the courageous front line workers who continue to deliver key services in the face of ongoing challenges during the pandemic.