CARE is one of the world's largest international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 93 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization.
CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 with Bangladesh being one of the largest country offices of CARE. Prior to Bangladesh's independence in 1971- CARE Bangladesh's efforts mainly focused on disaster relief, school and pre-school feeding.
Since 1974, CARE Bangladesh's development portfolio has included food security and livelihoods; health and nutrition; agriculture and natural resources; climate change adaptation; women's empowerment and reduction of violence against women; civil society strengthening; HIV/AIDS; disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
Over the recent years, CARE adopted rights based programming to address the underlying causes of poverty to transform the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and marginalized, through amplifying their voices in securing their legitimate claims and entitlements.
CARE has also acquired a leadership position in private sector engagement by forging partnerships with 27 enterprises, centered on inclusive business models in the areas of market access, sourcing and aggregation; distribution systems; workforce engagement; and capacity building in inclusive business -to jointly address development challenges for people at the bottom of the pyramid.
CARE Bangladesh is currently implementing 35 projects in partnership with 36 implementing NGOs to improve food and livelihood security, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, improve child health and nutrition to eventually reduce child mortality.