SHOUHARDO II (Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities II) is a five-year June 2010-May 2015, USAID-funded Title II project designed to transform the lives of women and men in 370,000 poor and extreme poor (PEP) households in eleven of the poorest and most marginalized districts in Bangladesh by reducing their vulnerability to food insecurity.
The second phase, SHOUHARDO II, implemented from June 2010 to May 2011 in 11 of the poorest and most marginalized districts of the country, builds upon the successes of the initial SHOUHRDO program by maintaining a strong emphasis on improving livelihood security, food security, nutrition, poor and extreme poor (PEP), and women’s empowerment at the community level, while adding components aimed at strengthening local governance and improving adaptation to climate change. CARE Bangladesh implemented SHOUHARDO II with the assistance of 16 NGOs and 4 Technical Partners.
SHOUHARDO II prioritized community-based interventions and placed considerable emphasis on the capacity of Village Development Committees (VDCs) to not only assess local factors constraining food security but to also oversee program efforts to address them. In particular VDC, with program staff, were charged with coordinating the efforts of four thematic groups in target communities. They included: