Dhaka, Nov 24, 2021 - The Uddokta Project recently hosted an event “Empowering people through our partnership” to launch its new partnership with Chevron, the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh and iDE. The Director of Corporate Affairs from Chevron, the Deputy Head of Cooperation from the Embassy of Switzerland, and the Vice President of Asia from iDE attended the program.
Uddokta—empowering entrepreneurs—is a three-year (2020-2022) project that was initially a partnership between Chevron and iDE signed in December 2019 under Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI). The partnership seeks to improve incomes and livelihoods of rural communities through enterprise development, creation of local entrepreneurs, and strengthening market systems in Chevron BPI catchment areas of the Sylhet Division—Sylhet, Moulavibazar, and Habiganj. In July 2021, Switzerland supported Uddokta through their Bangladesh COVID-19 Response to increase the employment of youths and women who have been affected by COVID19 in and around the project area.
In this joint collaboration, the Uddokta Project will help improve the lives and livelihoods of over 2,600 youths by supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and more than 100 local cooperatives with a strong emphasis on gender inclusivity inclusion and gender integration. This project will support out-of-job youths who have been affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 and focus on long-term sustainability through greater emphasis on climate-smart sector in the 4 districts of the Sylhet Division: Sylhet, Moulavibazar, Habiganj and Sunamganj.
The partnership will be empowering people through improved income and livelihoods opportunities and contribute to improving their living standard with better access to goods, services, technology, information triggered by enterprise development, green growth and overall strengthening of market systems. As the pandemic continues to impede the country’s economic activities especially for Bangladeshi rural women and youths, the partnership also aims to promote an inclusive and non-discriminative society, and youth employment opportunities. “The
new partnership is appreciated for their innovative approach towards supporting youths affected by COVID-19”, said the Director of Corporate Affairs from Chevron Bangladesh, Muhammad Imrul Kabir.
With global attention on the annual UN Climate Change Conference of COP26, the Uddokta project will be prioritizing green growth and initiatives for the betterment of rural communities in the future. iDE Vice President of Asia Pacific, Deepak Khadka said: “Sustainability will be key to the program as well as developing solutions to challenges and accelerating the results of the program.”
The Deputy Head of Cooperation from the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh Corinne Henchoz Pignani said: “Responsible decisions need to be taken to leave the world better for the future generations. I am hopeful that this project will demonstrate how to do this sustainably in Bangladesh.”