Australian NGOs continue to support inclusive development in Bangladesh.
Today is World NGO Day when we recognize the significant contribution of non-government.
The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) is the Australian government’s longest-running.
And largest NGO program, which has been providing support to improve access to services.
The most vulnerable people in our communities for over 45 years.
Currently, 57 accredited Australian NGO partners are delivering locally-led development projects.
Over the last two financial years, Bangladesh was the largest recipient of ANCP funding globally.
Receiving AUD $9.5 million in 2019-20 and AUD $9.8m in 2020-21.
This year, the Australian government has provided 15 Australian NGOs with AUD $9.3m to deliver.
They have partnered with 40 local and eight international NGOs to deliver ANCP projects across a range.
Including economic development, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security.
On January 31, Australia and Bangladesh celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations.
Australia is proud of its friendship with Bangladesh.
Australians applaud Bangladesh’s extraordinary achievements since independence to increase.
Improve the lives of its citizens.
Since my arrival in Bangladesh, I have been greatly impressed by the positive contribution of NGOs.
In the last 10 years, more than 350,000 people across Bangladesh have benefited from activities.
Such as training in improved farming techniques, developing market linkages, increasing food security.
Over 1 million people in agricultural communities such as Satkhira and Khulna have received support.
To adapt to the impact of climate change.
Two of our long-time ANCP partners, World Vision Australia and The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Gender and disability inclusion have been mainstreamed across all our ANCP projects and as a result.
About 180,000 people with a disability have improved access to health and education facilities.
In addition to ANCP, we are proud to have supported Brac since 2012 to implement programs.
In education, skills development, gender equality, and disability through our strategic partnership.
ANCP projects make a real difference in people’s lives across Bangladesh.
A mother, whose nine-month-old child receives treatment for clubfoot under Glencoe Foundation’s Walk.
I am grateful and thankful for the services my child has been receiving from the project.
It’s been four months since I came to the clubfoot rehabilitation clinic and his legs are already improving.
I am very happy.
During a project monitoring visit, a group of women in Cox’s Bazar said cash they received from World.
Vision Bangladesh during the pandemic helped them to continue to access health services.
And provide food for their families.
NGO programs work because they have strong links with local communities.
And they are well placed to understand how to implement positive change.
Australia is proud to support the vibrant NGO sector in Bangladesh.
I take this opportunity to express thanks to our Australian NGO and local partners for their continued.
Contribution to the development of Bangladesh and its people.