Bangladesh

We're working across radio, television and social media to address the rights of women and girls, child marriage and health, and to help meet the needs of the Rohingya people n Cox's Bazar.

  • Our office: Dhaka, and Cox’s Bazar
  • Our areas of focus: Crisis response, sexual and reproductive health and rights, disability inclusion, media development, disaster resilience, maternal and child health
  • Our partners: Action Against Hunger, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UK Department for International Development, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), H2H, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), IKEA Foundation, Rutgers, Sightsavers, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, UN Women, World Vision Australia

About our work

Our Bangladesh office runs diverse and wide-reaching projects spanning long-term development and critical humanitarian assistance.

We responded quickly to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and currently lead the Common Service for Community Engagement and Accountability – an innovative model for better informing and coordinating humanitarian efforts to support Rohingya and host communities. With our partners, we’re providing trusted information, dispelling harmful rumours, and providing advice, tools and training to over 50 agencies to help them understand the changing needs and perceptions of Rohingya people.

Through our AGAMI (Accelerated Gender-Equitable Adolescents, Maternal and Child Intervention) project, we developed a mobile app to train community health workers in sexual and reproductive health issues. And our Hello, I Am multimedia programme, across radio, social media, public service announcements and community screenings, aims to reduce rates of child marriage, school drop-out and teenage pregnancy. Our research shows fathers and boys have a better understanding of the value of girls’ education after engaging with our work.

Bangladesh is also one of the countries where we’re delivering our flagship media development initiative, PRIMED, through which we’re strengthening independent media to produce public-interest journalism and provide avenues for constructive debate.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Bangladesh team is adapting our programming to respond while also spearheading our first dedicated COVID-19 project tackling the ‘info-demic’ across Asia, working with our other teams across Asia.

 

BBC Media Action in Bangladesh - what we do
  • Tackling disability discrimination in BangladeshIn Bangladesh, our journalism mentors Senjuti Masud and Bishawjit Das have been training journalists to improve how people with disabilities are portrayed in the media and tackle negative stereotyping and perceptions.
  • Preparing for Cyclone Amphan in the COVID-19 pandemicNearly a million Rohingya people still live in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Having survived terrible violence, they now face the dual threats of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19, and flooding and landslides from Cyclone Amphan. Here is how we are helping people prepare and cope.
  • The COVID-19 ‘info-demic’: A view from BangladeshRumours, mis- and dis-information about COVID-19 are spreading rapidly around the world and can be almost as harmful as the virus itself. Hear from our Senior Project Manager in Bangladesh, Kate Gunn, about the latest developments from our global communications initiative tackling the COVID-19 ‘info-demic’.
  • Read more blogs from BangladeshBBC Media Action blog
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Our projects in Bangladesh

Our insight and impact

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Past projects and resources