The Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (HILIP) in north-eastern Bangladesh is subject to very peculiar conditions and suffers from extensive annual flooding making livelihood extremely vulnerable and limits the potential for agricultural and rural enterprise growth. Strong waves adds to the vulnerability as it can potentially wash away the land and poses a major threat to many villages in the Haor. The rural poor households have to depend upon fisheries and off-farm labour. The poor communication network also limits the increasing production, access to markets, off-farm employment opportunities and access to existing social services particularly health and education.
The main outcomes expected from the project include (i) enhanced access to markets, livelihood opportunities and social services (ii) enhanced village mobility, reduction in production losses and protection against extreme weather events (iii) enhanced access to fishery resources and conservation of biodiversity (iv) enhanced production, diversification and marketing of crop and livestock produce and (v) efficient, cost effective and equitable use of project resources by the stakeholders.
Coverage: 28 upazilas that includes 165 unions of Sunamgonj, Kishoregonj, Netrokona, Habigonj and Brahmanbaria districts.
Eligibility Criteria: Entire population of the haor union which amounts to 3.8 million people (around 688,000 households) and around 100,000 households.
Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement (HILIP)