The World Bank has contributed $35 million to support community resilience programmes in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
This funding is received as part of a larger grant of $165 million from the World Bank to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) implementing part of the overall project, said a press release from WFP on Thursday.
The grant will go towards providing work opportunities and community services to Rohingya. This includes food assistance support to 700,000 people as part of the COVID-19 humanitarian response in Rohingya camps.
The self-reliance programmes aim to improve the economic and social resilience of 60,000 displaced Rohingya population households.
WFP said the project will also provide work opportunities for around 40,000 Rohingya households which is equivalent to reaching more than 20 percent of the camp population, to help improve camp conditions through public works and drainage improvement as well as reforestation.
“I hope the implementation of this agreement is conducive to improving access to the rights and privileges of the Rohingya people,” MoDMR Secretary Shah Kamal said.
Richard Ragan, WFP Representative to Bangladesh said these are important programmes for both the Rohingya and host communities.
“To improve medium to long-term resilience and social cohesion, people need to have the skills, market linkages, and resources to improve their long-term food security,” he said.
WFP provides food assistance to 860,000 Rohingya people each month and is supporting around 600,000 people in the host community in Cox’s Bazar.