SAJIDA and Concern Worldwide Organizing Cash Grant Inauguration Ceremony for the Urban Extreme Poor

[Dhaka, July 9] – Concern Worldwide, Bangladesh and SAJIDA Foundation has launched unconditional cash transfer to support urban extreme poor households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Shah Mohammad Emdadul Haque, the Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka South City Corporation on Thursday, 9th July at Nagar Bhaban.
Together with SAJIDA Foundation, SEEP and Nari Moitree, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh has been working to improve the living standards of pavement dwellers, undeveloped slum and squatter dwellers since February, 2017 through implementation of IrishAid funded “Improving the Lives of Urban Extreme Poor (ILUEP) program. Designed with an overarching goal of enhancing livelihood security of the urban extreme poor, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh has repurposed ILUEP program to address the glaring effects of COVID-19 on the urban poor communities.
A once-off unconditional grant of BDT 3,000 each will be transferred to a total of 5,200 households who are living in the pavement, squatters and in undeveloped slums to meet basic needs and if possible, stimulating livelihood recovery. The cash will be transferred via mobile money/cash (those do not own a cell phone) and will be supplemented with livelihood coaching pre and post-transfer. The areas where these unconditional grants will be distributed among beneficiaries are Dhaka South and North City Corporation, alongside Chattogram City Corporation. The grants are set to be distributed over a period of three months between July and September 2020.

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization that strives for a world free from poverty, fear and oppression. They work to deliver life-saving and life-changing interventions to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people with a mission to end extreme poverty. The organization has been on this mission for over 50 years, providing rapid emergency response to innovative development programming.
SAJIDA Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to ensuring health, happiness and dignity for all by serving people from across the social strata through three categories of interventions: Financial Services, Development Programs and Social Enterprises. The Foundation aims to profoundly impact the lives of the urban poor while driving sustainable innovations throughout the nation and currently works in 26 districts with 3,655 change makers across Bangladesh.
For more information please call Tahmina Tasneem, Communications Coordinator, SAJIDA Foundation, at +88 017 7777 3038, or email tahmina@sajida.org