Bangladesh gets 165-mln-USD World Bank grant for Rohingya welfare project

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-09 00:10:38|Editor: yan
Video PlayerClose

DHAKA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government Wednesday signed a 165-million-U.S.-dollar grant financing agreement with the World Bank to provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingya refugees who are fleeing violence in Myanmar.

The Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project will build 53 multi-purpose disaster shelters in and around the camps; pave more than 200 km of roads; provide water and sanitation services for around 200,000 people; and set up 1,500 solar street lights. The project will also strengthen emergency response services, provide community works and services, and prevent gender-based violence, said the Washington-based lender in a statement.

"The government and people of Bangladesh have generously provided shelter to about a million Rohingya refugees but the needs of both the Rohingya and the host community are huge," said Dandan Chen, World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.

"This project addresses the current refugee crisis but goes further to help strengthen the government's overall capacity to plan, coordinate and respond to emergencies."

More than half of the Rohingya population are women and girls. The services delivered under the project will focus on women and children as key beneficiaries and will include measures to prevent gender-based violence. The project will build gender-friendly public spaces. All facilities including water and sanitation facilities and cyclone shelters will cater to the needs of women, children and disabled individuals. The street lights will improve the safety for women.

It was the third in a series of planned financing of approximately half a billion dollars announced by the World Bank in June 2018.