WB gives $35m as help for Rohingyas
Published: 01:50 PM, 6 June 2020 Updated: 02:36 PM, 6 June 2020
The World Bank (WB) has contributed US$ 35 million to Bangladesh to support community resilience programmes in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) issued a press release on Friday in this regard.
According to the release, this funding is received as part of a larger grant of US$165 million from the WB to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MODMR), with the WFP implementing part of the overall project.
The US$35 million grant will go toward providing work opportunities and community services to Rohingyas. This includes food assistance support to 700,000 people as part of the COVID-19 humanitarian response in the camps.
The project will scale up self-reliance opportunities for extremely vulnerable families in the camps and target young people with volunteering opportunities to promote social cohesion.
The project will provide work opportunities for around 40,000 displaced Rohingya households, which is equivalent to reaching more than 20 percent of the camp population, to help improve camp conditions through public works such as site, accessibility, and drainage improvement as well as reforestation.
The self-reliance programmes aim to improve the economic and social resilience of 60,000 displaced Rohingya households. This is done through working days centred around short-term community service, volunteer services, and training courses.
It also includes skills development and self-reliance activities for vulnerable households. For extremely vulnerable households and individuals it includes transfers in return for their engagement in volunteer networks.