Strengthening Household Ability to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO- III)


Strengthening Household 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) whith CARE providing technical, compliance and quality support.


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 January 2016 and will continue until September 2020. Peoples’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI) has been implementing SHOUHARDO III program from January 2016 in two districts of Haor region covering four Upazillas of Kishoregonj (Nilli, Mithamoin, Itna and Austagram) and three Upazillas of Netrakona district (Madan, Kalmakanda and Khaliajuri). Under these seven Upazilas POPI has been working with 27,862 households covering 229 villages from 32 Unions.


The main goal of SHOUHARDO III program is to sustainably reduce food insecurity of 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.


Focusing on the poor and extreme poor, SHOUHARDO III places empowerment of the poor and extreme poor at its foundation. Within its program areas of agriculture and 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 and gender issues and good governance.


Major Program interventions:

  • • Agriculture and livelihoods promotions to ensure increased equitable access to income for both women and men, and nutritious food for men, women, boys and girls.
  • • Improving health, hygiene and nutrition status of children less than five years of age, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls.
  • • Building resilience through improved disaster and community risk management, strengthened gender equitable ability of people, households, communities and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from man-made and natural shocks.
  • • Promoting women’s empowerment and gender equity at family and community level.
  • • Promoting responsive governance through increased access to and utilization of public services and utilities from local elected bodies and nation building departments by the community people especially the poor and extreme poor (PEP) women.
  • • Creating employment opportunities by capacitating youths with marketable skills and linking them with potential employer area and beyond.

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