South-Western Bangladesh Rural Development project (SWBRDP)


The South-Westerns Bangladesh Rural Development Project aims to reduce poverty through improved accessibility in 14 districts of South-Western Bangladesh by expanding the economic opportunities of the rural poor by improving rural infrastructure (mainly roads, jetties, bridges, culverts and growth center markets), gender development and improved local governance.

 SWBRDP has the objectives to increase the economic opportunities, improve accessibility to social services of the rural poor, and promote recovery from damage by natural disasters in the rural areas in South Western Bangladesh, through upgrading and construction of rural infrastructure. This will include improvement of over 1000 Km of Upazila roads, tree plantation, and maintenance of over 1100 Km of Upazila roads and 1400 Km of village roads. In addition to this almost 8000 meters of bridges and culverts is going to be constructed. The activities under the project also include the construction of 38 growth centers, and 12 rural market places.

 Overall Objectives of SWBRDP

The objectives of South – Western Bangladesh Rural Development Project(SWBRDP) is to increase economic opportunities for the rural poor, improve their accessibility to social services and promote recovery from damage by natural disasters in rural areas in the south western part of Bangladesh through the construction and rehabilitation of rural infrastructure. Ultimately, the project aims at contributing to poverty reduction in the South West and alleviating economic disparities in Bangladesh. In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the following operational objectives guide the implementation of SWBRDP.

1. To improve the physical structure and safety measures o Upazila and Union roads to enhance rural communication networks;

2. To upgrade facilities of growth centres and rural markets to enhance rural trade and agricultural activities,

3. To create short term and long term employment opportunities for the rural poor through development, management, and maintenance of rural infrastructure

4. To create employment opportunities for the rural poor through poverty reduction interventions

5. To build the capacity of stakeholders for effective planning and operation and maintains of rural infrastructure and

6. To develop human recourses of LGED for efficient project planning and management