Despite economic growth and significant social progress for example in health and education, Bangladesh is still plagued by political instability and corruption. Millions of people live in extreme poverty. The country's geographical location in the world's largest river delta also makes it prone to flooding. It is also regularly affected by tropical cyclones. About a million Rohingya refugees have been living in the country since 2017.
Through its projects in the areas of rural community development and conflict transformation, HEKS/EPER supports social, ethnic and religious minorities who face discrimination. HEKS/EPER helps improve their food security and incomes and supports them in the pursuit of equality and justice. HEKS/EPER also provides emergency and reconstruction assistance after natural disasters, supports refugees as well as the host society, and helps to contain epidemics and mitigate their socio-economic impacts.
HEKS/EPER maintains 40 platforms for dialogue between minorities and authorities. Some 9000 Dalits and Adivasis obtained access to healthcare, education and social assistance in 2020. Altogether 15 000 Dalits and Adivasis were able to boost their income thanks to continuing training in agriculture and the market economy. A total of 1000 people secured land rights to about 100 hectares.
HEKS/EPER provided humanitarian aid for roughly 1.84 million people at the Rohingya refugee camp in the vicinity Cox's Bazar. In addition to the building of latrines, the provision of access to drinking water, the refurbishment of dwellings and health centres (including Covid courses), vegetable gardens and orchards were also created.