Bangladesh is lands of multicultural people with the majority population are Bengali. Bangladesh population census report 1991, says that, there are 45 types of indigenous communities are living in Bangladesh with their own identity like language, culture, practice, believe and behavior. Geographically they are divided into two domains- plain land and hill tract areas. Among the plain land indigenous people majority of them are living in Dinajpur district.  Santal is the main indigenous community in this area. Apart from Santals- Mushohor, Orao, Mahali, Pahan, Malo, Mal pahari, Coach and other indigenous communities are also living in this region of the country.

Traditionally Indigenous people had vast land. They thought it is a collective asset from the God and so have lack of knowledge and seriousness about ownership of documentation. The influential people from greater communities use this chance to grab the indigenous people’s land property and evicted them from their residing place. As a result they are becoming poor to extreme poor day by day.

JIBAN project is a continuation project of POWER project. POWER projects started its work from the year of 2006 with indigenous community for building their awareness on land management, health and hygiene, leadership development and other works. After a successful implementation of POWER project, GBK designed JIBAN project for enhancing its project participant’s food security and nutrition. The project is funded by ICCO, the Netherlands.

JIBAN Project is trying to increase indigenous HHs food security and nutrition through asset transfer like- Goat/ sheep, Chicks and ducks, vegetables seed distribution. Apart from this, the project also organizing group meeting where we discussing about some development education like-health, land management, women rights, human rights, access in to the local service providers agencies, child education and others.

Project Participants/ Beneficiaries:

There are o4 types of project participants like – Hardcore poor, poor, Middle class and Rich people with indigenous communities’ context are in the JIBAN Project. If we compare this peoples with greater community people, then all the HHs are poor. However JIBAN Project is working 4053 Project Participants household covering all categories of indigenous peoples.  Priority was given in selecting beneficiaries are - women headed family, beggar, people with disability, big size family with low income and monthly income less than 2000 BDT. Peoples between 04-60 years age group are addressed under this project.

Project Period: From October 2011 to September 2013.

Project goal:

Improve livelihoods of the indigenous community peoples of project working area.


  • To improve 2000 Project Participating HHs food security status by increasing their HH income by September 2013.
  • To develop 320 number  4-5year age ethnic minority children and enroll them in primary school by December 2012

Donor/Development Partner: ICCO, the Netherlands.

Implementation Location/Geographical area:


Project working area is Parbatipur, Biram

Implementation Location/Geographical area:

Project working area is Parbatipur, Birampur and Nawabgonj Sub-district under Dinajpur District where 04 teams are working with project participants. Total 16 Group Development Agents, 04 Unit Managers, 01 Project officer and 01 Project Manager are engaged in project implementation.

Major area of Intervention/Component:

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Early Child Development (ECD)

Cross cutting issues:

  • Gender and
  • Climate change

Major Activities:

  • Beneficiary Group Development
  • Savings mobilization
  • Staff capacity building
  • Vegetable seed support
  • Asset transfer (Goat/Sheep and Chicks/Ducks)
  • Vaccination
  • Advance labor sell protection soft loan
  • Coordination and Linkage with Government and Non government organizations.
  • Day observation for building awareness.

Project documents:

  • Project Operation guideline
  • Asset transfer guideline
  • Income Generating Activities information tracking Card
  • Development education training module
  • Facilitation skill development training module
  • Livestock (Goat/Sheep) and Chick and Duck rearing training module