CDD is currently conducting eleven projects funded by international and/or national donors. A summary of these projects can be found below:

Project name Inclusive implementation of the commitments and priorities of the SFDRR in Bangladesh (I-SFDRR-B)
Target Beneficiaries: Number of direct beneficiaries are 2341 (Male- 1,040 & Female- 1,301) and indirect beneficiaries are 11,705 (Male- 5,200 & Female- 6,505). Among the direct beneficiaries, 581 (Male- 321 & Female-260) Persons with Disabilities to be considered first, then 1760 (Male-719 & Female-1041) Persons without Disabilities from most disadvantaged community including Government, Local Government, DPO, Youth Club’s representatives would be part of this project. Within beneficiaries, children, youths and adults are considered.
Funded by: ASB
Duration: 24 Months
Start/Finish Timing: 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2019
Project Summary Baharchora union is a disaster prone area of Banshkhali sub-district under Chittagong district where “Inclusive Implementation of the commitments and priorities of the SFDRR in Bangladesh (I-SFDRR-B)” project is being implemented by CDD and JSUS with the financial support from ASB.

The I-SFDRR-B project is aiming for inclusive implementation of SFDRR by the effective participation of different stakeholders. The project will take extra effort to work in association with relevant stakeholders and ensure connectivity from the grassroots to national level. Project will put added emphasis on advocacy and lobby to ensure inclusive implementation of the SFDRR in Bangladesh. This project will work for strengthening capacity of DPOs and other relevant stakholders at national and local level on Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) and disaster management. Project will take initiatives for providing disaster resilient livelihood for the persons with disabilities or their family members and as well as work on accessibility adaptations in selected public settings. Besides, project will work for building cyclone resilient accessible model house, coconut tree plantation, assistive device distribution, formation of effective youth forum, etc. Steps will be taken for raising people’s awareness on disaster and for building community resilient through participatory community risk assessment (CRA) and relevant Risk Reduction Action Plan (RRAP). The I-SFDRR-B project will ensure community engagement which will ignite them to continue all DiDRR activities even after the closing of this project and by this means sustainability of the project will be achieved.

Finally, through the learning of the project, CDD will be making a compelling, evidence-based case to CSOs and Government for wider adoption and scaling-up of the proven interventions.


Project name Improving Health and Education for Deafblind People in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries: Persons with Deafblindness
Funded by: Sense International (India), Sense International and Scottish Government Grant (SG)
Duration: 1 year Extension program
Start/Finish Timing: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
Project Summary To improve education and health for 638 children and young people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, with the poorest families receiving support for income-generating activities, improving the quality of life for people with deafblindness and their families, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SG has supported to implement the project in Bangladesh for the year 2013-16 in partnership with Sense International (SI) and Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), and extended for 1 year from 1 April 2016 t0 31 March 2017. This program will provide all regular supports to the Deafblind people of 8 partner organizations and partial support to the Deafblind people of other 8 partner organizations. Through the support 638 deafblind people will enjoy a better quality of life in terms of health, education, therapy, equipment’s etc. by regular home-based support services delivered by the trained educators. Deafblind children who are able to attend day care centre will receive pre-school or primary education depending on their needs. Meanwhile, 38 Deafblind field educator and NRC staff, and 3190 family members will be trained with advance Deafblind training as well other concerned issue on Deafblindness as requires. The project will also develop a strong network with organizations working on Deafblindness, family of persons with Deafblindness, school teachers, and medical professionals as well. This network will help to develop an informal network group of Deafblind people and this membership of network will increase the capacity to advocate effectively to enjoy the rights of health and medical support, to the inclusion of Deafblind children in mainstream education and to enjoy the government supports for persons with disabilities for sustainable livelihood.



Project name Promoting Rights of People with Disabilities through Disability Inclusive Local Governance and Service Providing Institutions (PRPD-DI)
Target Beneficiaries: 17500 Persons with disabilities and their family members in six districts of Bangladesh
Funded by: Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)
Duration: 3 Years
Start/Finish Timing: August 2013 to July 2016
Name of Sub Partners * ACCESS Bangladesh Foundation, Savar, Dhaka

* Association for Women Empowerment and Child Right (AWAC), Chittagong

* Poverty Alleviations through participatory rural initiative (PAPRI), Narsingdi

* Noria Unnyan Samity (NUSA), Sariatpur

* Self-help and rehabilitation Centre(SHARP), Nilfamari

* Organization for the Poor Community Advancement (OPCA), Chittagong

* Community Development Centre (CDC), Dinajpur

Project Summary Project Goal: Improved rights and governance situation for well-being of people with disabilities

Objective 1: To enhance capacity and confidence of people with disabilities for their active participation and constructive engagement in community development process.

Objective 2: To influence and increase capability of service providing institutions to ensure disability inclusive planning, allocation of budget, resources and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Objective 3: To create economic opportunities for people with disabilities through skills development, linkage opportunity and IGA support.


Improved leadership skills and knowledge available among people with disabilities to effectively participate, engage and contribute in decision making process.

Outcome 2:

Improved functional and mobility skills of people with disabilities allowing increased participation in society.

Outcome 3:

Service providing institutions are willing and possess minimum skills and knowledge to mainstream disability.

Outcome 4:

Schemes and services of local government institutes and other service providers are disability inclusive.

Outcome 5:

Persons with disabilities develop economic skills and earn a living through livelihood

Outputs under Objective 1

People with disabilities skilled on group development, leadership skills, Disability laws, RTI, Gender, Violence against women, Local Legal Support, UP activities, Local budget & planning, accounting & book keeping , advocacy and campaigning, safety nets, agriculture extension Service, etc

People with disabilities make applications for information in accordance to RTI Act.

Functional groups of people with disabilities.

Community mobilized against injustice & violation of rights of people with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities participate in UDCC meetings, PIC, Scheme Implementation committee etc

Persons with disabilities regularly participate in Open Budget Meetings and participatory planning meeting at wards and Ups.

Persons with disabilities access rehabilitation and development services.

Action plans generated from quarterly union planning meeting

Outputs under Objective 2.

Chairman, elected members of Union Councils and other service providing representatives sensitized and oriented on disability mainstreaming in their programmes.

Performance monitoring conducted on Union Parishads and other service providing institutes on their services.

Increased accountability of service providers to citizens for planning, budget formulation and expenditure

Disability inclusive plans and budgets by local government and service providers.

Demands from Persons with disabilities incorporated by Ups.

CDD and its partners facilitate National Basic Capacity Building Programme run by NILG. (on disability)

Outputs under Objective 3

Trained people with disabilities on vocational, technical, entrepreneurship and IGA skills.

Sensitized employers on reasonable accommodation measures for disability inclusive recruitment process and work environment.

Employed people with disabilities at public and private sectors.

Financial resources provided to people with disabilities by financial institutes of public & sectors and NGOs.

Self-employed people with disabilities.

Income made by people with disabilities


Project name Strengthening Capacity and Networking of NSAs and LAs on Disability (SCANED)
Target Beneficiaries: 1. The first target group concerns 30.700 PwD living in remote and service-deprived areas, receiving rehabilitation and referral services in the proximity of where they live.

2. The second target group comprises of CDD and 20 of its implementing partner organizations, and 80 technical partners, including Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and private and public institutions from within CDD’s network, whose service delivery capacity is to be strengthened.

3. The third target group concerns the households to which the targeted PwD belong, the communities they live in, government institutions and authorities, development organizations, and donor agencies at large.

Funded by: European Union and Light for the World The Netherlands

(EU supported Direct Grant Award project)

Duration: 48 Months
Start/Finish Timing: 01 October 2013 to 30 September 2017
Project Summary This project is a Non-State Actors and Local Authorities Grant project funded by European Union. Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) in partnership with Light for the world implements the project in Bangladesh through 20 partner NGOs and mobile units (two storied ship and bus). The project will strengthen and improved functioning and societal inclusion of persons with disabilities living with poverty especially in rural and hard to reach communities of Bangladesh. At least 30,700 persons with disabilities in the rural communities of Bangladesh will receive much needed physical rehabilitation services through 100 rehabilitation workers. This project will build capacities of the government’s one-stop rehabilitation services and local government representatives for ensuring effective service delivery and referral mechanism. The project will also establish therapeutic units in public hospitals that will allow access of persons with disabilities in medical and rehabilitation care at mainstream hospitals. Through this project, rights of persons with disabilities will be promoted and persons with disabilities will be involved in social and economic activities in their communities in Bangladesh.


Project name Promotion of Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh (PHRPD) through Disability Inclusion
Target Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities in Bangladesh
Funded by: This project is supported by CBM Australia and is an Australian Aid project funded by the Australian Government
Duration: 03 years
Start/Finish Timing: 1 January 2015 to 31 December, 2017
Project Summary The project will contribute to the improvement in disability inclusive programming of government and non-government organizations in Bangladesh, particularly addressing the needs of women and children with disabilities. As specific objective/purpose, by the end of the project, (i) SHGs and Apex bodies will be independent in local level advocacy and (ii) Government and non-government organizations will provide disability inclusive services in the communities of 11 districts of Bangladesh. Four result influences the achievement of specific objective/purpose: (1) Existing SHGs and Apex bodies are strengthened as organizations  to support local actors including new SHGs on disability rights and inclusion, (2) Partners develop organizational capacity to make their organization disability inclusive and to extend technical support to other development actors, (3) Union Parishad& development line ministry offices at sub-districts practice greater inclusion of person with disabilities within development and safety-net schemes of the government and (4) School are better prepared to practice inclusive education.


Project name CBR Roll out in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities in Bangladesh.
Funded by: CBM
Duration: 5 years
Start/Finish Timing: 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016
Project Summary This project has been initiated with an aim to provide quality disability inclusive development good practices in Bangladesh based on the new Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Guidelines so that it can be used as a strategy to contribute towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The project is being implemented by CDD in association with the National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) and 30 Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs). The Jatiyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation (JPUF) – a Government foundation working for the development of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh – extended their cooperation and support to the project.

The project is targets to develop resources based on the new CBR guidelines. This will include translated version of the guidelines in Bengali & in accessible formats, training packages, inclusive education materials, and Community Based Inclusive Development implementation guidelines. The training courses will be tailored for Government, NGOs, and DPOs. Six different foundation and six refresher training courses covering CBR, disability inclusive development, CRPD, MDG and the Rights Based Approach will be designed.

The project also identified different stakeholders who can play significant role in the implementation of project activities throughout the project locations. In the first and second year of the project most of the identified stakeholders participated in different training and workshops organized by CDD where they received information of the new CBR Guidelines and they acquire knowledge about how they can contribute in the process. Altogether 249 persons have received training on CBR, Rights, existing government and other services, local government, advocacy, right to information, law & policies etc. Among the 249 participants, 62 were persons with disabilities.

The project is being implemented at 30 local government units Union Parishad (UP) (the lowest tier of the administration of the Government and population within them is between 25,000 and 30,000). Local DPOs/NGOs and the UPs are facilitating CBR in their areas. In this process, 19 CBR Working Groups already have been initiated in 19 project locations and formation of CBR Working Group is under process in other locations.

Under the project, a situation analysis study has been initiated and the process for the development of national CBR Strategy paper is also going on. The project is involving different stakeholders with this process to ensure ownership of all concerned especially the government of Bangladesh. From the government’s point of view, the main role is played by JPUF from the Ministry of Social Welfare.

In addition, the project has identified 4 organizations and initiated 4 pilot projects based on the CBR guidelines which will help to develop lessons and best practices on Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID). The project will produce a comprehensive CBR Toolkit including the evidences based learning & best practices that will be a national resource to promote CBR in Bangladesh.


Project name Community Driven Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction – (CDDiDRR)
Target Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities and their families in Haripur and Shreepur union of Sundarganj sub-district, Gaibandha.
Funded by: CBM
Duration: 42 Months
Start/Finish Timing: July 2013 to December 2016
Project Summary The project is based on the experience and learning of the pilot project Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR), implemented by CDD in association of local partner GUK with the support of CBM.

The project will reduce vulnerability and improve capacity of communities and local government on DiDRR. It will contribute in the implementation of the Bangladesh Government’s National Plan for Disaster Management 2010 – 2015. The key focus of the project will be to create a sustainable mechanism at community level on DiDRR that will be driven by the local community. The project will be a model that can be replicated in Bangladesh and in the region. It will be a demonstration on community driven DRR program. It will also demonstrate how DiDRR can drive development for the total community in education, livelihood, health, and also how it can empower the most vulnerable like persons with disabilities.

The project will train 1300+ representatives from different stakeholders, 25,000+ community people will be made aware; 1,500 families will have their own DiDRR plans, 100+ persons with disabilities will be progressing towards empowerment, and 3000+ representatives from disability and DRR sector will benefit from best practices and learning of the project. A comprehensive resource package will also be developed in CD and in print which will benefit many more.

The project will also work intensively with local education institutes to create Safer Schools as a Child Rights issue. Gender and women’s participation will be emphasized. Added focus will be on the empowerment of Persons with disabilities and their meaningful and dignified participation in the total process.

Communities will be oriented and made aware on disability, DRR and Gender issues. Government Disaster Management Committees, the WDMCs and concerned agencies and representatives will receive intensive training and technical follow-up. Advocacy campaigns will be undertaken by community to the duty bearers on issues that will be identified. At local level Risk Reduction Action Plans will be developed based on CRAs. Such plans will be available at Union, Ward and Schools level. DiDRR activities will be undertaken in the project area which is expected to become an integral part of community, family and individual practices. The project will also facilitate extensive networking at national level among disability and disaster actors at Government and NGO sectors. There will be increased sharing of resources, experiences and learning on DiDRR in the country.


Project name Promotion of National and International Standards related to the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the RMG and Textile Industry
Target Group: a. Owners, top management, mid level managers of RMG factories



d. Officials of DWA

e. Trainers involve in RMG workers training

f. RMG workforce including persons with disabilities

g. Inclusive job center, CRP

h. National Skills Development Council

i. Women Café members

j. DPO & Self-help Group members

Funded by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Duration: One year
Start/Finish Timing: August 2015 to April 2017
Project Summary Objective :

Updated “Guidelines on Inclusive Human Resource Policy for RMG factories”

Conduct disability inclusion assessment for 150 RMG & textile factories. Out of 150, 100 RMG & textile factories implement at least two measures among the recommendations made.

At least 2 round tables on inclusive skills training and employment conducted with representatives from industry associations (senior and mid-level managers from RMG factory), government and development partners.

Conduct ToT for master trainers from public and private training institutes on inclusive skills training.

Conduct training course for DPOs and SHGs on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, equal opportunities and on economic inclusion.

Organize sensitization sessions on national policies and international standards on inclusion for RMG industry associations under the banner of NSDC Secretariat.

Orientation of 150 RMG mid level managers on inclusive practices

Database of 50 RMG factories updated with at least 150 additional RMG & textile factories.


Project name Together we can!- Capacity Building to support youth with Deafblindness in India and Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries: Young people with Deafblindness
Funded by: Sense International (India), Sense International and European Union
Duration: 2 years
Start/Finish Timing: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018
Project Summary A deafblind person is both deaf and blind, often with additional disabilities. Because 95% of what we learn comes through sight and hearing, deafblind people face unique challenges in communication, mobility and accessing information, making deafblindness one of the most isolating of disabilities. Deafblind people are profoundly excluded due to the lack of understanding of their complex needs and limited expectations of them. In most poor countries there is little awareness about deafblindness and consequently no support exists. They face huge challenges, but with the right support it is possible for them to lead quality lives and be active members of society.  This project aims to develop innovative approaches to addressing the training needs of young people with deafblindness in India and Bangladesh that can be shared with other low income and middle income countries.

Sense International (SI) will work with its two partners to develop and test new non-formal training methodologies to enable young deafblind learners to acquire soft skills needed in every day interactions, in particular in training and employment environments. In parallel, SI India and CDD will engage with vocational training providers and labour market representatives to remove barriers to the integration of deafblind young people in vocational training and provide career advice to young people regarding relevant vocational training and income generation activities. This will be supported by creation and dissemination of targeted communications materials to a wider range of training providers and through them potential employers to facilitate the inclusion of young people with deafblindness in future training courses and in basic jobs. More broadly, SI India and CDD will organize mass media conferences for their respective countries to raise awareness of deafblindness and support the inclusion of deafblind youth in training and employment. The project will create a small cohort of young people able to take up training and employment opportunities resulting from greater awareness, willingness and capacity of vocational training providers and employers to recruit them. These interlinked activities will be used by SI and its partners to promote best practices for social inclusion of deafblind youth across their networks.


Project name Enhancing Community-based services and effective education for deafblind people in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries: Persons with Deafblindness
Funded by: Sense International (India), Sense International and Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC)
Duration: 4 years
Start/Finish Timing: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2020
Project Summary The project will provide community-based services and effective education for deafblind people, focusing on the poorest regions of Bangladesh – the north and south-west regions. The direct benefits will include 10 organizations with the capacity to deliver community-based services to deafblind people, with 2 of these organizations established as Regional Resource Centres on Deafblindness by the second year. 360 deafblind children will benefit from comprehensive community-based services, delivered by special educators from partner organizations, responding to the needs identified and with a focus on effective education. 720 parents or guardians will be trained as caregivers for deafblind people. 100 teachers at 100 schools will become lead persons for inclusive education for people with complex disabilities like deafblindness. 130 local elected government representatives at the Union Parishad level will be trained on deafblindness, to ensure deafblind people and their families can access government social safety net provisions based on their circumstances. 36 deafblind youth and adults will receive vocational education training and support to start businesses, providing opportunities to learn new skills and earn income to reduce poverty. These outcomes will contribute to 10,000 other children at 100 schools learning about the needs of deafblind children, 1,440 family members benefitting from the improved quality of life for the deafblind person and 10,000 community-members having increased awareness of deafblindness.


Project name Inclusive Protection and Empowerment Project for the Children with Disabilities (IPEP)
Target Beneficiaries: 2300 Children with disabilities (Home based – 1500, School based – 300, Institution based 500)

3000 caregivers of children with disabilities.

Funded by: European Union, Supported by: Save the Children International
Duration: 3 years
Start/Finish Timing: February 2014 to January 2017
Project Summary The project has been initiated to prevent violence against children with disabilities through awareness raising and capacity building of both the children themselves and the adults that surround them in specific settings.

The project focuses on child resilience and Capacity building of community and institution based child protection system. This project contains designed activities that promote positive coping and resilience.

The overall objective of the project is that “children with disabilities in Bangladesh are protected from all forms of violence”. Three specific objectives will ensure that the action reduces their vulnerability to violence while the survivors have access to protective and rehabilitative services. Specific objective – 1 focused on prevention, ensuring that children with disabilities in the target areas have the skills to protect themselves against violence, and that their caregivers and other duty bearers are able to take action to detect, prevent, challenge and respond to violence against the children. Specific objective – 2 focused on responding to the problems of rehabilitation and care for children who have been subjected to violence. Specific objective – 3 focused national policies and actions are informed of and sensitive to the vulnerabilities of children with disabilities, including that the revised social protection framework in Bangladesh reflects the needs of children with disabilities.

To achieve the goal  project is working with children with disabilities, children without disabilities, their caregivers, community people, teachers, school management committees, community based child protection committees, police, lawyers, local government , local administration,  government run one stop crisis centre residential institute for children with disabilities and others related stakeholders.


Project name Social Inclusion of Deaf Children and Young People in Bangladesh (SI-DCYP) Project
Target Beneficiaries: 135 deaf children, 60 deaf youths, 195 families, 5040 community people, 7500 primary school students, and 150 teachers.
Funded by: Deaf Child Worldwide, UK
Duration: 3 years
Start/Finish Timing: 1st January 2014- 31st December 2016
Project Summary The pilot project Social Inclusion Of Deaf Children and Young People in Bangladesh (SI-DCYP) aims to obtain deaf children and young people’s equal opportunities and full participation in all spheres of their life by reducing societal barriers, by building capacity and knowledge of 135 deaf children, 60 deaf youths, 195 families, 5040 community people, 7500 primary school students, and 150 teachers in the communities. The project also aims to empower deaf children, youths and their families to mobilize and claim their rights. The key focus areas of the project is social inclusion of deaf children and young people through improved language and communication skills, education, employment, empowerment and awareness. Deaf Child Worldwide, UK is supporting this project. The project is being implemented in Jhenaidah, Chittagong and Dhaka from January, 2014 to December, 2016 in partnership with AID Foundation, Jhenaidah; Songshoptaque, Chittagong and Access Bangladesh Foundation, Dhaka.

Major Interventions of the project are-

Identification of deaf children in the community;

Hearing loss assessment by Audiometric Technician;

Hearing aid support to deaf children and young people (DCYP);

Bangla sign language training for deaf children, youths, parents, peers and government primary school teachers;

Training on gender, child rights, child protection, deafness, communication, parenting skills, daily living skills, community based ear screening, advocacy & campaign design, and leadership training under project initiatives;

Linkage vocational training for deaf youths;

Financial support for young deaf people for IGA;

Parents’ group and deaf youth club formation;

Early Child Development Centre (ECD) setup and operation;

Home based education support to deaf children and youths;

Improve inclusive environment at community and schools;

Community awareness on gender, child rights, child protection and deafness;

Community level event arrangement;