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Fund Dates

  • Start Date: 27 November 2018
  • End Date: 30 June 2022



2020 Annual Narrative Report

2020 Annual Financial Report

2020 Sources and Uses of Funds


Key Documents 

JP SAFE Bangladesh - Standard Adminstrative Agreement

JP SAFE Bangladesh - Memorandum Of Understanding

JP SAFE Bangladesh - Programme Document




UN Joint-Project to Address Cooking Fuel Needs, Environmental Degradation and Food Security for Populations Effected by the Refugee Crisis.  

The influx of Rohingya in Bangladesh at 2017 has led to near a million people in sudden need for humanitarian assistance along with severe impact on the host community and the environment. In response, the IOM, FAO & WFP have partnered to develop a USD117.5 Million, 3 year joint programme (June 2018-May 2021). The primary aim of the joint programme is to contribute to overall food and nutrition security, empowerment and resilience of 125,000 refugee and host community households in Cox’s Bazar. The programme will address urgent cooking fuel needs through alternative energy, promote livelihood for host communities, empower Rohingyas and build their resilience and restore environmental damage through reforestation. Together, WFP and IOM will empower and build skills of the refugee population. In the host communities most affected by the crisis, market-based livelihoods and income generation activities will be supported to raise household incomes. Local agriculturalists will be targeted to strengthen their production capacity for high-demand and high-nutrient crops, allowing for improved dietary consumption and increased incomes. FAO, through its technical capacity along with strong relationship with the Forestry Department, will begin a multi-year process of rehabilitating extensively damaged forest areas and agricultural land.              


Assistance Strategy

The joint programme is fully endorsed by the Inter-Sectoral Coordination Group (ISCG) and will coordinate with the three main sectors mandated for its activities: Food Security, Shelter/Non-Food Item and Site Management.

The SAFE PLUS strategy foresees the following results to address the challenges:

  1. Targeted households, especially women-headed and vulnerable households, have monthly decreased expenditures related to firewood purchase and increased nutritional intake for household members;
  2. Livelihoods & Empowerment skills development activities for targeted populations, strengthening social cohesion;
  3. Local agriculturalists are engaged in markets and benefiting from income generation;
  4. Negative environmental impact is mitigated through land/forest rehabilitation.

125,000 households, especially female headed and vulnerable, will have improved access to alternative cooking fuel and facilities. 25,000 vulnerable households in host communities will be provided with training and means for livelihood activities. 1,440 agriculturalists will be supported in climate-sensitive agricultural practices and high-demand and nutrient crops production, marketing and management. 200 host community groups will be provided with material and training on sustainable fishing technologies. Collective capacity of agricultural producer groups will be strengthened along with income generation through improved market linkages and food security of marginal farmers households. Market actors will be motivated to invest in the supply chain benefiting the production and market access for 5 key supply chains. Government local service provision capacity for technical support to farmer groups will expand in 4 sub-districts. 30,000 refugees will receive skills development training. Under land stabilization, restoration and erosion control measures 100 sites will be replanted, through 158,400 cash-for-work days. 20 Nurseries producing planting materials will support 200 jobs (40% women) in agricultural chains. 2,000 hectares of areas will be planted through 1,500,000 pieces of planting materials (pieces) delivered to local nurseries for year 1 and 2,500 hectares of land will be stabilized. 



The Technical Supervisory Body (TSB), Progamme Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Dhaka based Steering Committee will ensure coordinated communication, reporting and project implementation. The TSB and PIU will convene in Cox’s Bazar and comprise of staff from FAO, IOM and WFP. The TSB will meet monthly and receive reports from and provide guidance to the PIU, chaired and led by the IOM SAFE Project Manager. The PIU will be responsible for daily coordination of the project and will meet once a week.

IOM will establish a joint reporting mechanism to be harmonized across agencies to ensure coherent and transparent funds management between coordinating partners, Individual agencies will utilize their specific management systems for the transfer of cash to coordinating partners taking into consideration partner capacity. For the cash transfer activities, the provisions required under the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) or in other agreements covering cash transfers will apply.



The Steering Committee is the Decision-making authority, and the; highest body for strategic guidance, fiduciary and management oversight and coordination.  It facilitates collaboration between participating UN organizations and host government for the implementation of the Joint Programme.  It reviews and approves Joint Programme Document and annual work plans, provides strategic direction and oversight, sets allocation criteria, allocates resources, reviews implementation progress and addresses problems, reviews and approves progress reports budget revisions/reallocations, and evaluation reports, notes audit reports (published in accordance with each PUNOs’ disclosure policy), and initiates investigations (if needed). The Steering Committee, composed of the donors of the project, the agency heads of participating UN agencies, the Resident Coordinator and the government of Bangladesh, is expected to meet twice a year. It will also make prioritization decisions for un-earmarked funding towards the project.


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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 56,814,302  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 94,333  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   56,908,635
Transferred to Participating Organizations 54,297,179  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -9,927  
Administrative Agent Fee 547,530  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 430  
Total use of funds   54,835,211
Balance with Administrative Agent   2,073,424
As a percentage of deposits   3.6%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 54,297,179  
Total resources   54,297,179
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 44,151,556  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -9,927  
Total expenses     44,161,483
Balance with Participating Organizations   10,135,696
As a percentage of transfers   18.7%
Total Balance of Funds   12,209,120
As a percentage of deposits   21.5%
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