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At least twenty women from Kurigram's Sadar, Ulipur, Chilmari and Rajarhat upazilas have been using hydroponics method to grow grass for the last month. Many farmers are also crowding around to see this way of growing grass without soil or land.  This is being piloted currently and 20 trained female farmers are...

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Poor and expectant pregnant women now receive their allowances under the social safety net programme through mobile phone. This has cut down on the hassles they had to face before. However, there are still certain challenges in receiving this digital payment. While the allowance is very small, there are certain...

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COVID-19 has put Bangladesh into an unforeseen challenging situation that led the Government of Bangladesh to ask for shutdown of all economic activities except for emergency services and urge people to restrict mobility and stay at home.  People who earn daily wages have been hit particularly hard by this pandemic....

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Enterprises & Co. Ltd (UECL) have jointly taken an initiative to provide food support to almost 5000 poor women in Jamalpur, Kurigram and Ganbandha districts. In adition to providing awareness about the spread of COVID-19, UNDP under...

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With new measures and guidelines in place, SWAPNO and UNDP starts food distribution in Jamalpur Food distribution of all 15 unions of Bakshigonj and Dewangonj in Jamalpur has successfully completed on 20th April 2020. At Bakshigonj, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Upazila Chairman both were present and distribute the materials...

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SWAPNO has begun an awareness campaign across 172 unions in four districts, aiming to raise awareness and educate people about the spread of Covid-19 and its prevention methods. The campaign will be active in 172 unions across Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur, and Gaibandha. Around 50,000 people will benefit from this campaign....

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Marico Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a deal on Monday to extend the partnership for Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) till 2021. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative of UNDP, and Ashish Goupal, Managing Director of Marico Bangladesh, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on...

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GAIBANDHA: Speakers in a function here on Monday underscored the need for joint, cordial and sincere efforts of all the concerned to make the project for the ultra-poor women a grand success. They made the comments while addressing a workshop on Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) project...

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Dhaka, Aug 5 (UNB) - 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...

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DHAKA, June 3, 2019 (BSS/UNICEF FEATURE) – Two-month training has changed the fate of many unskilled women like Kulsum, Asirun and Rashida who are now working in garment factories and maintaining decent life. The Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO), a project under the Local Government Division, helps...

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