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Financial Sustainability through Community Development Project: A Case of Rural Bangladesh
Saifun Nahar
Abstract

Community Driven Development (CDD) has been at the heart of many developing countries in trying to reduce the development gap between rural and urban populations. CDD helps to create opportunities and facilitate the community people for access to finance, information and strengthen them by promoting an enabling environment through policy and institutional reform by the government. Presently, the Government is working to achieve poverty and hunger related targets in line with SDGs and Vision 2021 and 2041 in order to reduce the poverty rate at 9.7 percent and malnutrition rate to less than 10 percent by 2030 (MoF 2019). As nearly 70% of the agricultural production has been producing by small farming families (0.05-2.49 acres) who constitute 84% of rural households, one of the strategic policies of government is to increase the investment on a small farm and marginal farm holders ensuring maximum food production keeping the resources potential for future use as well as the sustainability of livelihoods. From that viewpoint, Amar Bari Amar Khamar previously known as ‘One House One Farm’ project, the biggest development project of Bangladesh government for poverty reduction, was initiated in 2009 for the promotion of rural disadvantaged and poor farm families and uplifts their social status as well as reducing poverty and inequality with the vision of sustainable development through fund mobilization & farming. In the initial period, the project invested BDT 31.62 billion i.e. USD 400 million covering 2.43 million small and marginal farm households (with land 0.05 - 100.00 acres). Later on, after the successful completion of 1st phase, it expands its implementing areas with huge investments. The prime objective of this study is to explore the status of ‘Amar Bari Amar Khamar’ project in community rural development with a critical look at how the project is addressing the hard-core poor community needs within the Sustainable Livelihood Framework with special emphasize on financial sustainability and the drawback, if any, and will try to give some solution for further consideration.

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