what does shiree do?

shiree aims to economically empower over one million people, with the aim of lifting them out of extreme poverty.

Who we are

shiree is a challenge fund established by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh with an objective to lift one million extreme poor households out of poverty by 2015. shiree in Bengali means ‘steps’ or ‘ladder’ to portray shiree’s aim of lifting ‘households’ out of poverty in steps. It was designed to support Bangladesh in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

What we do

We provide grants to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to implement poverty reduction projects working with the extreme poor in Bangladesh. We ensure that NGOs target the extreme poor, provide economic support and improve access to public goods, with the overall goal of reaching one million extreme poor people.

We currently work with 18 NGOs across Bangladesh implementing a wide range of projects. Out of them, 12 NGOs are implementing innovative projects, which have introduced new ideas to reduce extreme poverty. The remaining six NGOs are expanding ‘tried and tested’ programmes which will reach over 60 thousand households by 2011.

For more information on shiree please go to www.shiree.org