Project Name
Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Bangladesh
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10288-BAN: Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet
Source Amount
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives

  • Finance / Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing

  • Health / Health care finance

No gender elements
The technical assistance (TA) for Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet aims to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Ministry of Social Welfare (MOSW) in developing and delivering specialized services for transgender people or individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth. This TA will provide capacity development support to the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) to improve transgender people's access to educational services and Bangladesh Bank to improve transgender people's access to financial inclusion. It will also engage policymakers and the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) under the Ministry of Education in policy dialogue for supportive laws, acts, and policies.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In 2013, the decision of the Government of Bangladesh to reflect the presence of the hijra people in national identification documents and censuses was the first step toward the legal recognition of transgender people in Bangladesh. Since 2013, the Government of Bangladesh has undertaken several progressive steps to enhance the social protection of people with diverse gender identities (footnote 1). However, while the government recognizes the constitutional rights of transgender people, barriers to their inclusion persist. These include (i) lack of sufficient data on transgender people to determine the basic services and social assistance needed, (ii) lack of laws or policies prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, and (iii) limited government capacity to provide basic services for transgender people.

ADB-assisted knowledge and support TA (KSTA) is needed to address these problems, given the government's limited capacity (competencies and resources) to promote the inclusion of transgender populations. The recognition of the economic rights of people with diverse gender identities and expressions is gaining ground worldwide, and the Government of Bangladesh is committed to supporting the transgender population. Still, it needs capacity development for strengthened actions and well-designed future-related investments.


Availability and accessibility of education, health, employment, and legal services for transgender people enhanced

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Capacity of the government to provide quality services to transgender people strengthened

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Capacity of the government to draft enabling policies and design support programs for transgender people in a participatory manner strengthened

One-stop service center (OSSC) for transgender people in Dhaka and Sylhet cities established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Dhaka, Sylhet

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Responsible ADB Officer
Selim, Nasheeba
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Bangladesh Resident Mission (BRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Social Welfare


Concept Clearance
04 Apr 2023
Fact Finding
19 Mar 2023 to 24 May 2023
18 Mar 2024
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
18 Mar 2024


TA 10288-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Mar 2024 08 May 2024 08 May 2024 31 Dec 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
23 May 2024 0.00
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