Panii Jibon: Water is Life

In September 2017, CJRF provided a $1 million grant to HELVETAS for Phase II of the Panii Jibon (“Water is Life”) project. HELVETAS will use the CJRF grant to build resilience of climate change affected communities, especially women and youth, in the disaster-prone districts of Bagerhat and Khulna in Southwest Bangladesh. Key areas of work would include: support for advocacy around access to water services; technical adaptation of farming and water management systems; training around safe migration and productive remittance investments; and research, training, and advocacy to support local demands for transparent and accountable governance. HELVETAS will work with local on-the-ground organisations using a rights-based approach, in partnership with Development Organization for Rural Poor, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program.



Grant Date:

September 2017
Active Grant

CJRF Region:

Bay of Bengal

Entry Points:

Water Access;
Food Security;
Sustainable Livelihoods;
Migration and Relocation


Robust in-country partnerships and an organization-wide commitment to human rights and inclusion is a key component of the HELVETAS grant and fuels our belief in their work. We are also excited about how thoughtfully HELVETAS crafts partnerships and builds upon past experiences.

Photo courtesy of HELVETAS