Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project (RIIP-2) Rural Markets in the Dhaka, Rajshahi and Chittagong Divisions

Detailed description of project:

The Second Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project (RIIP-2), financed by ADB, DFID, KfW, GIZ and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), operated in 23 of 64 districts in Bangladesh in the Rangpur, Dhaka, and Chittagong divisions. The project area included 1,833 rural communities that were selected for their high level of poverty, poorly developed road and market infrastructure, and weak local government structures.

The project aimed at reducing rural poverty through sustainable economic growth, rural development and improved infrastructure. It consisted of an Infrastructure Rehabilitation Component comprising the construction/ rehabilitation of roads, markets, jetties, flood refuge shelters, local government buildings (205 million USD) and an Institutional Development and Training Component financed by GIZ and DFID (7.1 million Euro) which was implemented by AHT GROUP AG and its partner organisation the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).

The objective of the GIZ/DFID component wa to improve the opportunities of rural poor to engage in economic activities. Complementary to the infrastructure rehabilitation measures, AHT provided advisory services, capacity building and training measures for 6,400 LGED staff, 450 local government councils, 103 market management committees, up to 308 female shop owners, 23 district road safety committees, and 2,500 rural poor women engaged in road maintenance and income generating activities.

The project provided local inhabitants with efficient transport to markets and trading centres and access to social and welfare services. These improvements laid the foundation for better economic opportunities and assisted in reducing poverty. Strengthening local government units enabled them to plan, improve, manage, and maintain local infrastructure. Institutional development and capacity building improved the effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the investments.

Additional measures included the integration of persons with disabilities in social and economic life in rural areas by promoting adapted construction standards for rural infrastructure, provision of assistive devices and training in income generating activities. Road safety campaigns were conducted to raise awareness on safer road use and for reducing traffic accidents in rural areas.

Type of services provided:

  • Baseline and impact surveys in all fields of intervention, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Curricula development of 23 training modules, co­ordination and implementation of 13,700 training days;
  • Strengthening/training-of-trainers of NGOs, super­vision of training activities implemented through NGOs;
  • 5,400 coaching sessions to promote good governance of 450 local government councils;
  • Training and coaching of 103 market management committees;
  • Improvement of national road maintenance planning and management capacity of LGED including specific software development;
  • Improvement of earthen village road rehabilitation and maintenance system of local government councils;
  • Gender mainstreaming in all project components;
  • Training of women employed in road maintenance in self-help, gender aspects and income generating activities;
  • Development of a design guideline for barrier free design of public buildings;
  • Campaigns for integration of persons with disabilities in rural areas;
  • Road safety awareness campaigns.
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED)
05/2007 – 09/2011
Contract value: 7,983,334 €