English and Digital for Girls Education (EDGE) Project
Donor/ Partners: British Council, Overall Term: October 2021 – December 2023
To establish networks of non-formal community-based adolescent girls clubs which are effective in reducing social and economic barriers in society. The core purpose of EDGE project is to enhance English proficiency, digital skills and awareness of social issues to build self-confidence for marginalized adolescent girls in Bangladesh. Also for developing participants knowledge of social enterprise, giving them the skills to be able to develop their own local social business ideas in the future and improving the leadership skills of a smaller group of peer leaders (PGLs) drawn from the same communities of adolescent girls.
EDGE project is developed and powered by British Council to empower the young adolescent girls of local communities so that they could complete education avoiding early marriage and other social barriers and create earning opportunities for themselves. Dnet took the initiative to work with marginalized adolescents’ girls in order to capacitate them in English, Digital, and Social Awareness and Entrepreneurship skill. As a result they could make better life choices and contribute to society and economy independently. Also they could effectively participate and take leadership at all levels of decision making in economic and public life.
Dnet is implementing the project with adolescent girls who are aged 13-18 years through adolescent girls’ club establishment from five different regions of the country such as Manikganj, Lalmonirhat, Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Gazipur. The duration of the project is from October 2021 to December 2023. The pilot phase of the project is ongoing and based on online, and face to face delivery is soon to be started. In pilot phase total 5 clubs will be established, 10 Peer Group Leaders and 110 club members will be covered. In face to face delivery total 50 clubs will be established in the project areas and 100 Peer Group Leaders and 1100 club members will be covered.
Pushti Ambassador Partnership
Commissioned By: BoP Innovation Center, Project Duration: July, 2019 - June, 2023
In alignment with numerous UN Sustainable Development Goals, the project aims to empower women in remote rural areas with new skills, training, and a sustainable source of income. We also aspire to enable underprivileged Bangladeshi families to afford nutritious food intake on a regular basis through this project.
The project - “Pushti Ambassador Partnership” started with the vision of creating employment opportunities mainly focusing on the “Women Entrepreneurship”. The project effectively began its journey on November 19th, 2018 and it will continue till June 30th, 2023, targeting the deployment of 600 trained Pushti Ambassadors (PA). The goal of the project is to develop opportunities for women empowerment and nutritional demand in order to improve the living standard of underprivileged communities in rural areas. The objective is to improve nutritional knowledge of rural people and promote healthy nutritional habits and practices.
The project, Pusti Ambassador Partnership, has two aspects to it. This project will provide employment opportunities for the younger generation as well as the opportunity to earn while sitting at home. Alongside, the services provided by the women entrepreneurs will allow the community to access knowledge about nutrition, which will in turn fulfill the nutritional demands. The project started in collaboration with BoPinc, Dnet, iSocial, BRAC, and Arla. The partnership is formed to implement the project activities effectively in order to achieve the project’s goals.
In order to achieve the goal of Pusti Ambassador Partnership, we have developed strategies mentioned below:
- Selection and Training: Dnet & iSocial will provide 80 training sessions on health and nutrition to the female trainees. After completing the training successfully, the trainees will become eligible for being Pushti Ambassador.
- Creating an Efficient Supply Chain: iSocial will establish hubs and centers to support the physical distribution of products with support from Arla's distribution expertise;
- Products and Behavioral Change: Arla will support and supply the distribution hubs with Dano Daily Pushti (“DDP” – Arla's affordable and nutritious milk powder for low-income consumers) products and advocate for better nutrition in their campaigns. And BoPInc, in collaboration with Partners, will design behavioral change campaigns that will be executed within the networks of the recruited women entrepreneurs;
- Basket Innovation: BoPInc will facilitate the analysis of the basket (the portfolio of products the micro-entrepreneurs sell) and recommend adjustments, Arla will introduce additional products in the basket.