Bangladesh

Krishi Utsho 2017 Annual Report

Krishi Utsho has emerged as a transformative social enterprise over the past several years as a way to identify and bring about progressive advancement in the lives of small holder farmers. As a social enterprise Krishi Utsho (KU) is equivalent to a hybrid of social sector intervention and pure business entrepreneurship, a social venture that can address problems of self-sustainability in a social intervention initiative. To succeed, these ventures must adhere to both social goals and financial viability. Typically, this project’s aim is to benefit small holder farmers, in particular women. It aims to permanently transform their lives by altering a prevailing socioeconomic equilibrium that works to their disadvantage. More importantly, the beneficiary group is an economically disadvantaged or marginalized segment of society that doesn’t have the means to transform its social or economic prospects without assistance. To that end, project focuses on the most important yet often neglected, agricultural sector. [47 pages] Read More...

Midterm Performance Evaluation of the Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP)

This 159-page midterm performance evaluation of the Bangladesh Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP) examines the project’s progress toward meeting its goal and objectives. NHSDP is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh’s largest health initiative; this flagship project is the latest in a series of programs going back to at least 1998 that have sought to improve the ability of local NGOs to provide basic health services to the poor. NHSDP was designed in 2012, when USAID was implementing significant procurement reforms and emphasizing the need to work more directly with local organizations. In 2013, USAID received gift funds from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to co-fund NHSDP, which expanded the scope considerably. The DFID supplementary fund has supported the current NHSDP activities and strengthened its focus on family planning (FP) and maternal health outcomes, with a specific focus on improved service delivery for the urban poor. Read More...

Krishi Utsho Micro-franchise Project Impact Assessment

64 page impact assessment of Krishi Utsho Micro-franchise project, an emerging social enterprise project. It runs on a micro- franchise model by CARE Bangladesh. KU started in the year 2012, as a part of Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project to provide timely access to affordable and quality agro inputs and advisory services to rural smallholder dairy farmers, particularly women. Later on with the support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), the project selected shops in villages to ensure last mile access and branded 198 shops so far under KU brand. Those branded shops or franchisee are acting as a one stop solution center for more than 45,000 smallholder farmers combined, particularly for vulnerable women in North-East and South-West regions in Bangladesh, and thereby contributing to increased productivity and ensuring resilience in livelihood. KU will be expanding the product line in the franchisee shops according to farmers’ need. The purpose of this impact assessment was to identify the project impact on the beneficiary groups so far, to capture deviation (intended and unintended) from what it originally set out to do. The assessment thus intends to look at the model’s sustainability even after the project ceases to exist and make recommendations along this line. The information from this assessment will be used internally to make necessary adjustments, so that the project will achieve its intended objective and outcomes. Read More...

Improving Maternal and Infant Health in Bangladesh (IMIHB)

A 36 page evaluation of the IMIHB project which aimed to improve maternal, newborn and child health status of urban and peri-urban areas in Gazipur district of Bangladesh. The project centres around capacity building of the community health provision and support system; awareness generation in the community; and establishing referral and linkages between health facilities. Read More...

Midterm Performance Evaluation of the Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP)

This 159 page evaluation assesses the status, relevance and sustainability of the NHSDP project and ... Read More...

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This 159 page evaluation assesses the status, relevance and sustainability of the NHSDP project and ... Read More...

Agriculture service center evaluation

This 35 page evaluation highlights the findings of how the service center model affects agriculture ... Read More...

Agriculture service center evaluation

This 35 page evaluation highlights the findings of how the service center model affects agriculture ... Read More...

Aesa private sector training needs assessment

This 85 page analysis highlights the training needs of private-sector extension suppliers in Banglad... Read More...

Gender impact study agriculture extension support activity

This 50 page report highlights the impacts of the USAID-funded Agriculture Extension support activit... Read More...

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