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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, 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.
Latest newsRead more blogs from Asia
- Effective communication for Rohingya refugeesOur 'Common Service' consortium, with Translators without Borders and Ground Truth Solutions, provides a range of tools and services for Rohingya people, local community leaders and humanitarian responders. Learn more about our work, our insight and our impact on this page.
- The case for communication: COVID-19 in Cox’s BazarBBC Media Action has been working tirelessly through its Common Service project to support Rohingya and nearby Bangladeshi communities in Cox’s Bazar through the pandemic. Our Bangladesh Head of Research Arif Al Mamun reflects on what we have learned.
- Hello I Am - challenging child marriage in BangladeshWatch our film with Rutgers showing how girls are breaking down barriers, in school and on the cricket pitch.
- 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.
- Read more blogs from BangladeshBBC Media Action blog
Our projects in Bangladesh
- Responding to the Rohingya emergency in BangladeshWe’re supporting local radio partners to produce a dedicated Lifeline radio programme for Rohingya people and host communities in living in Cox’s Bazar.
- Communication to counter the COVID-19 ‘info-demic’BBC Media Action launches new project in Asia to tackle the spread of mis- and dis-information around COVID-19 (coronavirus) which is as harmful as the disease itself.
- Generation Breakthrough: Using radio to encourage healthy relationships in BangladeshEngaging a young people with a range of social and health related topics through a weekly radio show radio Dosh Unisher Mor (Crossroads at 10 to 19).
- Preparing for and responding to disasters in BangladeshBBC Media Action and its partners are helping the public prepare better for future disasters as well as providing timely, accurate and useful information in times of crisis.
- TV drama on maternal and newborn health in BangladeshThrough a major TV drama series, a radio magazine show, public service announcements and communication skills training for community health workers.
- Debate programme SanglapSanglap (Dialogue), was a political discussion TV show enabling Bangladeshis from all walks of life to question their leaders on the issues that mattered to them.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- Research report: What role has the 'common service' played in helping effective communication during the COVID-19 pandemic?As common service resources and attention have been diverted to focus on COVID-19, a key focus of the evaluation in 2021 was to understand how the project has been able to support agencies and communities through the pandemic.
- Research report: What role does having a dedicated ‘common service’ make to community engagement and accountability?This report uses five case studies to explore the impact the Common Service project is having on humanitarian organisations' work with Rohingya communities in Bangladesh.
- Research summary: The role of community screenings in changing attitudes to child marriage in BangladeshBBC Media Action conducted mixed methods research to understand the contribution edutainment screenings can make to influencing knowledge, attitudes and intention to practice around child marriage.
- Research summary: Can an m-Health app help improve community health workers’ communication skills in Bangladesh?A summary outlining results from developing a mobile app for community health workers (CHWs) to communicate better with their clients in urban slums.
- Research briefing: Violence against women within the Rohingya refugee communityTo inform the development of a new radio drama for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, we carried out a small-scale qualitative research study that sought to understand more about Rohingya men and womens’ understanding and attitudes towards child marriage, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Research report: How effective is communication in the Rohingya refugee response?This paper evaluates our project supporting humanitarian and media agencies and how they communicate and engage with Rohingya people living in camps in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
- Research summary: Exploring barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Dhaka’s urban slumsBBC Media Action conducted research in Dhaka's urban slums to explore the barriers preventing people from accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, and the challenges facing health workers in communicating with their clients on SRH issues.
- Research briefing: Can a health drama and discussion show affect the drivers of behaviour change?This briefing explores the extent to which drama and discussion shows in Bangladesh can drive behaviour change around child and maternal health.
- Research summary: How drama and factual programmes are helping improve maternal and child nutrition in BangladeshOur content was able to reinforce knowledge, stimulate positive discussion and improve motivation to take-up recommended practices related to maternal and child nutrition in rural Bangladesh.
- Research summary: What are the barriers to community involvement in local level disaster preparedness measures in Bangladesh?An investigation into what prevents communities from engaging in local level disaster preparedness measures in Bangladesh.
- Research summary: Reality TV for ResilienceResearch summary exploring the use of reality TV to encourage communities in Bangladesh to work together and helps them to adopt new resilience-enhancing skills.
- Country case study: BangladeshThis report is one of a series of case studies examining support to, and development of, the media in countries where media freedoms and rights to information and communication are restricted.
Past projects and resources
- Millions of Bangladeshis learn English with BBC JanalaA major multiplatform educational project aimed to raise the English language skills of 25 million Bangladeshis.