'Empowerment of the Poor through Federations' (EPF) project: Process, progress and Prospect Final Evaluation Report
Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) – a longterm partner of NCA in North Western Bangladesh – started to link smaller CBOs together into Federatios in the early 90`s. The Federations provide effective representation for the poor in the local communities. A consortium of RDRS, DanChurchAid(lead agency), Church of Sweden, FinnChurchAid and Norwegian Church Aid supported the Federation Capacity Building Program (phase 1) from 2002 – 2006, whereas the second phase – Empowerment of the Poor – emphasized a rights-based approach through 2007 – 2011. The program was funded by EU along with funds mobilized by the consortium members. By 2011, approximately 350 federations were included in the program.