Bangladesh : Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet

Sovereign Project | 57016-001

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Selim, Nasheeba
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bangladesh
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet
Project Number 57016-001
Country / Economy Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10288-BAN: Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet
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

Gender No gender elements
Description 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.

Impact

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

TA 10288-BAN

Milestones
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 Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 23 May 2024 0.00

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Title Document Type Document Date
Providing Inclusive Services to Transgender Populations in Dhaka and Sylhet: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2024

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