Bangladesh: Equipping women with better livelihoods

The coastal districts of Southern Bangladesh frequently experience cyclones and tidal flooding and experience severe drinking water scarcity due to salinity. Under the project, households – specially women-headed – will be empowered as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions.


This 6-year project (2018-2024) aims at strengthening the adaptive capacities of the coastal communities against the impacts of climate change, by aiming at the adoption of climate-resilient livelihoods and an increase of drinking water availability. The target population are mainly women that are vulnerable to climate change induced salinity in two districts in the coastal area of Southern Bangladesh. Key expected outcomes are I) climate resilient livelihoods, focusing on women, for enhanced adaptive capacities of coastal agricultural communities, ii) gender-responsive access to year-round, safe and reliable climate-resilient drinking water solutions and iii) strengthened institutional capacities knowledge and learning for climate-risk informed management of livelihoods and drinking water security.

Impact Evaluation timeline

Approaches to assess the impact

Following a stratified/phase-in RCT, baseline has been conducted in 2021 with 3,120 households (2,000 treatment and 1,120 control), while endline data collection has been finalized in early 2023 with total of 3,120 households (2,000 treatment and 1,320 control) interviewed. The impact analysis is ongoing. The objective is to measure household income and expenditure, revenues from income-generating activities and resilience to shocks among others.