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Sida and UNDP sign contract for SWAPNO

Posted on 05 Aug, 2019

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) on Monday signed a cost-sharing agreement to empower vulnerable women.

Charge the Affairs of the Embassy of Sweden Anders Ohrstrom and Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh Sudipto Mukerjee signed the agreement at UN office in the city on behalf of their respective organisations.

The deal aims to get 6,192 extreme poor and vulnerable women from Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Jamalpur districts out of poverty, according to UNDP.

The initiative is part of the third phase of the Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO), a social security project of the government and UNDP, which has in the first two phases seen 8,928 graduate out of poverty in Satkhira and Kurigram.

The project works to ensure sustainable livelihood and food security for extreme poor and vulnerable rural women.

The total budget of the third phase of SWAPNO is USD 7.3 million, where the government of Bangladesh, Sida and UNDP contribute $3.2million, $3.5 million and 0.6 million respectively. Marico International is also a partner of this project.