Country Info

CARE started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949. Today, CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practices, and policy at all levels by drawing on grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.

We have made a long-term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve a lasting impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.

Our Work in Bangladesh

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Bangladesh

Dressing for Success in Bangladesh

SHOUHARDO: Women's Empowerment, The Journey so Far

This 54 page document describes the SHOUHARDO food security program in Bangladesh and how it uses a women's empowerment model to dramatically improve nutrition and food security outcomes--more than any other program intervention.

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Tipping Point Program Summary

4 page brief that describes the first year of CARE's child marriage prevention programming in Bangladesh and Nepal, including our focus on underlying causes of marriage.

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Tipping Point Key Learning Questions

These questions came out of lengthy discussions with project teams in Bangladesh and Nepal. As a learning project, Tipping Point staff and community groups will intentionally explore these questions in the course of our work with communities and networks.

1. How can community mobilization strategies be applied to change community norms related to child marriage and its root causes?

How can different kinds of community groups build solidarity, network, and mobilize to generate alternative social expectations and opportunities for adolescent girls...
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Demanding More for Girls

Today I was honored to join the CARE delegation at the Girl Summit along with notables from Nike Foundation President...

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Untying the Knot

Sometimes girls get married because they think they are getting a better life than what they are leaving behind. Sadly, this is not always true. It is a sobering moment when you understand how a...

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Not For My Daughter

A Nepali woman talks about how she got married at 12--how she made sure that her daughter did not have to. The fragrance of the monsoon rain soaked earth and the sight of quivering slender...

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Cash, a Buffalo, and a Bicycle

That’s what GangaRam got as dowry when he married at age 10. It’s a pretty common dowry for a wedding in the Terai region of Nepal—often a young boy marrying a child bride. It’s a lot for a...

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Change Starts With Me

Recently, Bahadur Giri made two unusual decisions. First, he talked to his son about what he wanted for his marriage, rather than making the decision on his own. Second, he did not ask for or...

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Theories of Action

Child Marriage Factsheet 2014

Digging Up the Roots to Replant the Future. This one page fact sheet shows key statistics about child marriage globally, and in Bangladesh in Nepal.

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