Read full case study - IFAD case. The Charlands Livelihoods Programme (CLP) is a seven year programme (2004-2011) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and sponsored by the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. CLP aims to improve the livelihood security of the poorest char dwellers in the flood-affected Jamuna River basin, and works in the districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj. The CLP focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on island chars which are surrounded by water throughout the year. It implements its projects through local NGOs, also known as Implementing Organizations (IMO), to foster market linkages with the private sector.
The programme has four main components: a) infrastructure development; b) livelihoods; c) enterprise development; and d) social development. The enterprise development component promotes private sector linkages and commercially sustainable services related to key productive agricultural, livestock, fishery and non-farm sectors. It also builds human resource capacity, improves agricultural input supplies, production and processing technologies, and creates non-farm investment and employment opportunities.