The European Union has announced 32 million euro (around Tk 304 crore) donation for some one million Rohingyas sheltered in Cox's Bazar and the Bangladeshi host communities, said EU Delegation in Dhaka in a statement yesterday.
Of the amount, 12 million euro (around Tk 114 crore) will be dedicated to Covid-19 responses and 20 million euro (around Tk 190 crore) will go toward addressing Rohingyas' and host communities' access to basic services in education, food security, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.
The latter allocation also includes a complementary, small, cross-border operation worth €1 million to enhance mutual understanding among community-based organisations assisting the refugees, internally displaced persons, and host communities on the other side of the border.
All EU-funded activities will address important cross-cutting issues such as protection of girls and women, sexual and gender-based violence, and psychosocial support, the statement said.
"The €32 million funding is an important contribution to Bangladesh's continuous generosity and humanity in hosting Rohingya that fled neighbouring Myanmar," said the Ambassador of the EU, Rensje Teerink.
"It is part of the Team Europe global response to Covid-19 in the country with a specific component to support the needs of both Bangladeshi host communities in Cox's Bazar and Rohingyas in the camps to address the crisis worsened by the pandemic," she added.