Economic growth requires capacity building and skills development, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said.
He spoke at the closing ceremony of its “Food Security 2012 Bangladesh-Ujjibito” project and presentation of the findings of its final evaluation report, at PKSF Bhaban in Dhaka on Sunday.
The project was funded by the European Union and was jointly implemented by PKSF and Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) from November 2013 to April 2019.
Under the project, LGED implemented activities on cash for work and PKSF implemented activities for skills, capacity development and awareness raising of project participants.
Ahmad said Ujjibito has addressed the multidimensional needs of the poor.
“I will call it a significantly successful story and promise to ensure the sustainability of the interventions by Ujjibito for our country’s development,” he said.
One part of the project, “Ultra Poor Programme (UPP)-Ujjibito”, aims at sustainably reducing hunger and poverty in 1,724 unions, including those of Barishal, Khulna and Rajshahi divisions and coastal ones of Lakshmipur, Noakhali, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar, according to a statement.
Various initiatives were taken through 26 partner organisations, helping 183,000 households to graduate from extreme poverty, according to the evaluation report.
Another 142,000 extreme poor households, comprising women and disadvantaged members, acquired sustainable and decent means of living, sustainable development of health and nutrition and increased social empowerment.
Other programmes of the project include a “1,000-day special health and nutrition service” for children, an “Ujjibito Adolescent Club” to increase health and social awareness and an “Alor Karkhana” for community-based knowledge sharing.
There was also a disabled-friendly “mobile training system”, an “Ujjibito primary and secondary school forum” and an “Ujjibito nutrition village” to raise health and social awareness for children and adolescents.