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Aid not reaching those who need it


Sustainable Oceans project conducted a Sector Wide Human Rights Impact Assessment (SWIA) on the coastal artisanal small-scale fisheries sector of Bangladesh during the first phase (2018 – 2021). There had been a number of recommendations from the SWIA and the project developed a set of Policy Briefs (4 types of briefs bath in Bangla and English). Based on the recommendations from Phase I, the project has been extended to Phase two for 12 months starting from December 2021. A series of advocacy activities has been planned to accomplish during the second phase of the project. 

It is found that the Fisher ID Card issued by the Government of Bangladesh is the basis of all the safetynet services available for the fishers of the coastal areas. That is why, another short survey was conducted among the fishers (of Kutubjome Union under Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar and Pathrghata Sadar Union under Patharghata upazila of Barguna districts) to explore the field reality of availability of Fisher Card and related safety net services.

In the meanwhile, the Minister, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, recently emphasized on updating the fishers’ list. The recently concluded survey of MJF also focused on the same issue and so, MJF organized a Press Conference on 20th September 2022 at the National Press Club to share the study findings and disseminate the recommendations made by the project.

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