Improving Lives of Urban Extreme Poor Project

Concern Worldwide is an international organization dedicated to addressing extreme poverty in Bangladesh. Concern Worldwide and their partners have experience in working with pavement dwellers. The phase 1 of the project encompassing the first year as the inception period; during which project managers continued to learn about pavement dwellers. The project was then established, piloted and adapted through various approaches. The second phase covered the next two years while the project was implemented in seven locations in Dhaka city representing the different types of locations in which pavement dwellers were found. These are the areas around Karwan Bazar (amarket center), Kamlapur Railway Station (a transport center), Sadarghat (another transport center), Central Dhaka (open spaces around the National Stadium, the High Court and a park area called UsmaniUddayan), Green Road (a footpath population), Mouchak (a market place) and MirpurMazar (a religious shrine). In the third phase of the project encompassing the last two years, the project was expanded into other locations in Dhaka and possibly Chittagong based on the learning and experience from the first two phases.

A number of partners have been working with Concern Worldwide in developing the AmraoManush Project. These include the NariMaitree, Sajida Foundation, the Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) and the Dhaka City Corporation. All of these will have instrumental roles in the project implementing activities and supporting advocacy campaigns. In addition, the Coalition for the Urban Poor (CUP) is the major organization advocating for the rights of slum dwellers.

The Project AmraoManush was scheduled to be completed within a period of five years. The Project having marched in March 2008 is still continuing on the last of its three phases and is likely to be completed by December 2016.

Working Area

B.B STADIUM : Open place of B.B Stadium , Nattomancha Balur Math & BISIC Bhaban(Open place) Baitul Mukarram (Pavement) GPO (Pavement ) Gulisthan More.

OSMANI UDDYAN : Open place of Osmani Uddyan, GolapShah Majar,ango Bazar, Railway, coloni, Fulbaria Bus stand,DCC

HIGH COURT : Open place of High Court Mazar High, Court Mazar Gate (Pavement) Ramna Park (Open Place) ,Ananda Bazar (Pavement ), Karjon Hall (Pavement ) ,Shishu Academy

Funded by:

Concern Worldwide

Annual Report 2015 Amrao Manush Project

Project Goal
  • There will be less discrimination against pavement dwellers in accessing existing present services.

  • Pavement dwellers will face less harassment and harassing pavement dwellers will be frowned upon by society.

  • Pavement dwellers will have legal recourse when treated unfairly.

  • Pavement dwellers will have choices both in Dhaka and outside and will not have to submit to forces pushing them to the street.

  • Pavement dwellers will be able to live and work in a reasonably sheltered, healthy and supportive environment.

  • Pavement dwellers will have their dreams and aspirations and should be able to work towards achieving those.

  • The project strategy for the Amrao Manush Project is designed to have impact on the three target groups in enabling them to move towards achieving this project goal.

  • Improve pavement dwellers livelihood style,

  • Graduate or, stay at better place,

  • Public negative attitude changes from the society towards them,

  • Increasing pavement dwellers capacity and raising their voice in the society.

Asset (and Return on Assets) Objective (s): Sustainably improved Human and Financial Assets of Pavement Dwellers.

Inequality Objective (s): Pavement Dwellers’ Citizen Rights and entitlements are recognized and realized.

Risk and Vulnerability Objective (s): Risk and vulnerability to eviction, loss of assets and disasters reduced.

  • Identify Target Beneficiaries

  • Group Formation

  • Provide Health Service

  • Provide Day Care Service

  • Early Childhood develop (ECD) Activities

  • Formal and non-formal education

  • Savings Mobilization

  • Awareness building and counseling

  • Provide Vocational and skilled Training

  • Provide grant fund for small business

  • Cooking facilities

  • Locker facilities

  • Night Shelter Facilities

  • Bathing & Day time Rest

  • Advocacy and Linkage with other Service provider

Target group

Street people and pavement dwellers

Total pavement dwellers reached in Dhaka city : 20362 (Men- 10702 , Women-9660)

Total reached Dhaka -17314 ( men- 8980 , Women-8334)

Existing Dhaka -11824 ( Adult men -3028 ,Adult women – 3521, Children (boys) - 3039 , Children (girls)- 2236

Gender wise male and female – male -51%, female- 49%

Our existing target people in Paltan center – 1400 Anandabazar centre – 1500 Total 29,000 participants

  • Yearly Sharing Meeting with GOB representatives, community leaders and law enforcing agencies on protection issue: NM will organize yearly sharing meeting with GOB representatives, employers, community leaders and law enforcing agencies, school, management committees existing laws in favor of human rights, local resource mobilization and abusive behavior with street people.

  • Networking with different Organization:The project will facilitate the street people to establish linkages with different Net Work Organization like Network for Establishing Rights for the street people, ensuring there health service, education mainstreaming, involving them with the income generating activities and also for the job placement.

  • Day observation:International Women’s Day in 8 March, International Human Rights Day in 10th December

  • International child rights week in the month of September organized human chain and rally for establishing their voice and Citizen right of pavement dwellers are recognized and addressed by the relevant government agencies.

  • Pavement and Squatter dwellers’ Citizen Rights and entitlements are recognized and realized :Advocacy with City Corporation/Ministry of Local Government and national policy makers to develop policy to recognize and support pavement and squatter dwellers and implementation of policy through effective programmes (macro and meso level) with providing them birth certificates, national ID card etc.