The European Union (EU) has announced €32 million or Tk 304 crore in funding to contribute to the needs of Bangladeshi host communities of Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya in the camps.
The allocation came in support to the generous efforts deployed by Bangladesh by hosting around one million Rohingya.
Some € 12 million or Tk 114 crore will be dedicated to COVID-19 responses and € 20 million or Tk 190 crore will address the need of both host communities and Rohingya through an integrated approach on improved access to basic services in education, food security and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and enhance their resilience and protection, according to UNB reports.
All EU-funded activities will address important cross-cutting issues such as Protection of Girls and Women, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and psychosocial support.
“The € 32 million funding is an important contribution to Bangladesh’s continuous generosity and humanity in hosting Rohingya that fled neighboring Myanmar”, said EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink. The actions will be implemented by UNHCR, UNICEF and UNOPS.