Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - The German Federal Foreign Office will grant Euro 1.1 million for implementation of ‘Support to Community Stabilisation and Resilience’ project in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.
The project will jointly be implemented by UNDP and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Germany on Sunday signed an agreement in this regard.
German Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Fahrenholtz and UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee signed the agreement at the German Embassy here.
Country Representative of UN WomenShoko Ishikawa, also a partner of the project, attended the signing ceremony along with UNDP Bangladesh Deputy Country DirectorKyoko Yokosuka.
The year-long project aims to establish community security and gender-responsive policing in Cox’s Bazar district, which is reeling under the pressure of the most concentrated and fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world, since the latest Rohingya influx in August 2017.
The population in the district has more than tripled, said a UNDP media release.
Cox's Bazar was already struggling, before the influx, to address high levels of poverty - 40% higher than the national average, said UNDP.
On top of that, it said, government services for host communities are stretched very thin, due to added pressure from the camps, leading to dissatisfaction inside the host community.
The influx has further increased pressures on local infrastructure, and tensions are rising even within households, according to UNDP.
The project aims to address the impact of the influx on host communities and governance institutions, while promoting social cohesion and stability.
The project will also engage and train local leaders to build their capacities to respond to increasing tensions and grievances, to be effective mediators and to counter radical narratives in their respective communities.
A comprehensive support package will be provided to the police to improve security, and improve the quality of responses, especially for women and children.