Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities III Program
Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) III is a Development Food Assistance Program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). The program is designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the poor and extreme poor people in the Northern part of Bangladesh. SHOUHARDO III commenced in September 2015 and will continue until September 2020. Between 2004 and 2015 CARE Bangladesh implemented SHOUHARDO I and SHOUHARDO II in collaboration with the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and Technical Partners and National Partner NGOs.
The main goal of SHOUHARDO III program is to sustainably reduce food insecurity among the poor and extreme poor households. The program is applying an integrated model for reducing child malnutrition while contributing to the household livelihood security and women’s empowerment.
The Program operates in the Char, and the Haor areas, reaching 8 districts (Sirajganj, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Habiganj and Sunamganj), 23 upazilas, and 115 unions of Bangladesh. As in the past two phases a Program Advisory and Coordination Committee (PACC) comprising 12 ministries of GoB is providing co-ordination and advisory support at national and field level. The program is working with six national partner NGOs that charges with field level implementation while CARE provides technical, compliance and quality support.
Focused on the poor and extreme poor, irrespective of their relative geographic inaccessibility, SHOUHARDO III places empowerment of the poor and extreme poor at its foundation. Within its program areas of agriculture & livelihoods; health, hygiene, and nutrition; and disaster & and climate risk management, the project delivers an integrated set of services- a holistic framework with an emphasis on women’s empowerment & gender issues and good governance.