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Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)

What is BRAC?

BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives.
We started out in Bangladesh in 1972, and over the course of our evolution, we have established ourselves as a pioneer in recognising and tackling the many different realities of poverty. 
Our Climate Change Work

In order to respond proactively to the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters as well as other manifestations of climate change, BRAC’s Disaster, Environment and Climate Change programme is moving beyond relief and rehabilitation into institutionalised preparedness, risk reduction and management interventions as well as long term adaptation strategies.

Programme Description

Frequent natural disasters induced by climatic change adversely affect the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Bangladeshis and threaten to slow down, or even reverse, the progress made so far in poverty alleviation. The Disaster, Environment and Climate Change (DECC) programme was established in 2008 as a consequence of lessons learnt while helping communities cope with the devastating effects of cyclone Sidr, which struck in November 2007.

The programme seeks to:

– promote better disaster preparation and management
– increase awareness about climate change and its impact
– undertake research to identify successful risk reduction and coping mechanisms

Our Approach

From inception BRAC has been quick to respond to natural disasters, reaching out with emergency relief and rehabilitation support. To be more effective, however, we must build up capacity to offer proactive responses – such as empowering communities to prepare for natural disasters and to train themselves to be the first responders when calamities strike. BRAC has to be ready with tools to help affected people move more quickly into recovery mode. Our approach therefore stresses the need to institutionalise disaster management and risk reduction through creation of (a) capacity (b) adaptation strategies and (c) linkages and knowledge generation.

Programme Components

We are strengthening a core team with knowledge and expertise to review relevant risks, calculate probabilities, prepare contingency plans and lay out specific procedures for disasters. This team will deliver training on hazards, risk reduction and responses and use local knowledge and draw on international experience, to prepare BRAC staff to respond to emergency situations so that more lives can be saved and losses mitigated. Surveys of disaster-prone areas will be used as tools for resource allocation and preparedness. The programme will also prepare itself to handle disasters in neighbouring countries and places where BRAC works. Adaptation strategies will be key to meeting the challenges of climate change.

Contact Information: 
75 Mohakhali
1212 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Bangladesh Institute for Development (BIDS)

The Institute

The Bangladesh Unnayan Gobeshona Protishthan or The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) is an autonomous public multi-disciplinary organization which conducts policy oriented research on development issues facing Bangladesh and other developing countries. The mission is to facilitate learning in development solutions by conducting credible research, fostering policy dialogue, disseminating policy options, and developing coalitions to promote informed policy making. The Institute also conducts training on research methodologies and carries out evaluation of development interventions. In that pursuit, BIDS is involved in collection and generation of socio-economic data for carrying out analytical and policy loaded research on current economic and social issues and dissemination of research findings and knowledge on developmental concerns to support policy formulation. BIDS researchers also contribute directly to formulation of government policies through their interactions and participation in the policy making process.

 
Goals & Objectives
The strategic objectives of BIDS are crystallized around the theme of generating credible policy oriented research on development issues facing Bangladesh and other developing countries along with strengthening research-policy links to promote informed policy making in Bangladesh. In the pursuit of its strategic objectives, BIDS activities are multi-dimensional and inherently straddle several objectives:
  • Promote excellence in policy research and extend the knowledge frontiers to facilitate learning in development solutions especially in priority areas of development related to social well being of the poor and disadvantaged groups in society;
  • Collect and generate socioeconomic data to facilitate the conduct of analytical research on current economic and social issues and facilitate development planning and policy formulation by the government;
  • Disseminate knowledge and research based policy options to the policy makers and assist them in designing credible development strategies for achieving economic and social goals;
  • Expand outreach of research to civil society and other stakeholders to help shape policy debates on key development issues, develop broader understanding and consensus, and promote knowledge based policy agenda;   
  • Conduct training and capacity building programs and promote the application of cutting edge research techniques and appropriate methodologies in economics and allied social sciences to develop human and institutional capacities within the government and in other institutions;
  • Promote research communication and networking to share research findings on the BIDS knowledge base and stimulate interaction within the research community, policy makers, civil society, and other stakeholders through organizing workshops, seminars, conferences, and using different modes of print and electronic media.
Contact Information: 
E-17 Agargaon, Sher-e- Bangla Nagar GPO Box # 3854
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)

Background

The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), a non-profit and non-governmental organization of lawyers was set up in 1992 with the objective of establishing a sound environment and ecological order for all using law as tool. The formation of BELA was indeed a response to the global call for movement to protect and conserve natural environment and ecology that has strong justification in a rural agronomy based country like Bangladesh.

With the ever deteriorating environmental state of the country at the backdrop, Dr. Mohiuddin Farooque , the founder of BELA decided to pursue the cause of environmental justice through a motivated local advocacy group. The initial idea was to monitor and pursue implementation and observance of the existing laws on natural resource and environment management. As an advocacy group of young lawyers, BELA since then has been working out techniques and strategies to accord protection to environmental resources and thus safeguard the rights of the millions who depend on such resources.

Since inception, the organization has adopted various means to create awareness amongst major actors to activate the great bulk of environmental legislation. BELA has always emphasized on and advocated for wider participation in law making and policy planning to bring in changes in the isolated trend of law and policy framing. The efforts of BELA through public interest litigation have truly sensitized the concept of ‘environmental justice’ in the country that now has special courts to deal with environmental offences. To institutionalize its efforts, BELA ensures wider participation from both the government and non-governmental sector that has given it wide credibility and acceptance amongst all concerned.

Objectives & Strategies

The broad objective of BELA is to promote environmental justice and contribute towards the development of a sound environmental jurisprudence.

The specific objectives of the organization include:

  • Undertake studies on and research into the local, national and international regulatory regime on environment
  • Undertake legislative advocacy
  • Seek judicial or administrative relief to ensure implementation of existing environmental laws
  • Resolve environmental disputes through court cases, alternative dispute resolution, mediation and other means
  • Create greater awareness about environmental laws and issues
  • Initiate participatory processes to ensure environmental good governance
  • Provide legal assistance and support endeavours for protection of the environment and associated human rights
  • Develop networks with local, national and international groups/bodies/agencies working on environment
  • Develop and core group of environmental activists
Contact Information: 
House-15A (4th Floor), Road-3, Dhanmondi R/A
1205 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Bangladesh Auxiliary Services for Social Advancement (BASSA)

Bangladesh Auxiliary Services for Social Advancement is a non-government, non-profit, non-political, humanitarian, socio-economic developmental local voluntary organization, established in the year 1990 with the cooperation and untiring efforts of few professional and well experienced social workers who had been working with several international and national NGO’s in the field of rural and urban development. This was established with the philanthropic ideas to find out appropriate ways of solving the multifarious problems in the society and promoting the socio-economic condition of the landless, poor destitute and the oppressed multitude through mobilization and utilization of local and other available resources.

Our main focus is on Education: Formal and non- formal (adult-literacy), Health Care: Preventive and curative, Economic Development Programs: such as savings groups, small scale income generating groups, credit programs, women development, agriculture, fishery, skill development, etc. We also have programs on leadership training, socio-cultural activities, human rights and dignity of less-privileged people of Bangladesh, especially the priority is given to the destitute women in the south-west rural areas of the country. 

BASSA is committed for the overall development of the underprivileged people such as destitute women and children of the rural and urban slum areas, deaf mute, blind people and those who are mentally retarded and physically unfit and deprived of living normal life, the landless and marginal farmers, daily labourers, weavers, fishermen, boatmen, potters, hawkers, unemployed youth, rickshaw pullers and vagrants through providing appropriate educational, job oriented and vocational trainings for their self-reliance. 
 

GOAL :

Empowering and transform the socio-economic condition of the marginalized and poor communities in the process of Good Governance towards an improved socio-economic gender balanced just society.

MISSION : 
 

  • Mobilization of local and available resources.

  • Empowering the marginalized and powerless women by ensuring their participation in development activities, particularly in decision making process.

  • Awareness creation through motivation, seminar, workshop, orientation, dialogue session and training.

  • Encouragement to the target people to be pro-active and taking active role for their total development.

  • Ensuring human and fundamental rights of the distressed and oppressed target people.

  • Building up leadership capabilities of the women beneficiaries through a planned process.

  • Encourage the marginalized women to access the local and public resources.

  • Acting as a catalyst in bringing the significant changes of the live of the beneficiaries.

  • Talking necessary intervention towards the development of the target people with greater and meaningful participation.
     

VISION : 

BASSA envisages such a society where every human being, irrespective of caste, creed & religion can enjoy the sanctity of lives with self-sufficiency. A society where remains good governance , democratic values, peace, harmony, patience, freedom, dignity, equality, happiness and secularism which are free from exploitation, oppression, hunger, fundamentalism, malpractice, backwardness and heinous activities.

Contact Information: 
PO Box No. 10018 Mohammadpur
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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LI-BIRD

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) established in 1995 in Nepal. It is committed to capitalize on local initiatives for sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to improve the livelihoods of resource poor and marginalized people.

In the past fourteen years of partnership for development-oriented research in agriculture and natural resources management, LI-BIRD has contributed to the development of several innovative methodologies and approaches for participatory research and development, and has generated impacts that have enhanced the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers through appropriate technological and policy changes. LI-BIRD has been a pioneer organization in strengthening methodologies to use Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) and Participatory Variety Selection (PVS) for crop improvement and community-based biodiversity management, and has played an instrumental role in institutionalizing these approaches in the national systems of Nepal.

The national and international communities have been recognising LI-BIRD as a Centre of Excellence for its contribution in shaping national policy, and for developing and promoting good practices for in-situ conservation of agricultural biodiversity on-farm. Because of its impact-oriented approach and professional accountability, LI-BIRD has become a partner of choice for farming communities and organizations engaged in Research and Development (R&D) in agriculture and natural resource management.

Contact Information: 
PO Box 324, Pokhara
Gairapatan, Kaski
Nepal
NP
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Winrock International, Nepal

Mission

Winrock International is a non-profit organization with its headquarter based in Arkansas, USA, with a global network of 65 countries spanning Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Winrock Nepal is committed to building human capacity, creating long-term relationships, managing effectively, communicating openly and promoting teamwork in order to create lasting solutions based on good science and sound economics. We match innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resource management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of rural communities in order to catalyze long term productivity, equity and responsible resource management. Our mission is to help the poor and disadvantaged.

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Winrock International Nepal's initiatives are focused mainly within Nepal at present. In almost 3 decades of working experience in Nepal, Winrock International has periodically shifted program focus to address the current needs of the country. Keeping with Winrock International's global mission: 'To work with people to build a better world by increasing agricultural productivity and rural development while protecting the environment', the present day Winrock Nepal conducts activities to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment under the following programs: Agriculture; Clean Energy; Farmer to Farmer; Leadership Development; and Forestry & Natural Resource Management.

Contact Information: 
GPO Box. No. 1312
Kathmandu
Nepal
NP
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WWF - Nepal

Although developing countries have a less direct impact on global warming, in the last few decades, climate change has tremendously impacted the glacier ecosystem in the Nepalese Himalayas. It is widely held that climate change is the main factor behind accelerated glacier retreat. 

Sagarmatha National Park and Kangchenjunga Conservation Area are in great danger of Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) events. This area has already experienced five such events. Continued climate change will cause major changes in freshwater flows with dramatic and adverse impacts on biodiversity, people, and livelihoods.

To address the issues of climate change in Nepal and to begin necessary action, WWF Nepal initiated the Climate Change Program in August 2003.

For developing countries like Nepal, climate change is not just an environmental phenomenon but also an economic, social and political issue. Nepal is among the most vulnerable countries on earth with regard to climate change, yet the level of understanding and awareness on the issue is very limited.

Within a year, the Climate Change Program was able to develop a new and concrete regional Himalayan Glacier and Rivers Project with the involvement of WWF-India and WWF-China to research the Khumbu and Nguzumpa glacier in Nepal, and Dokirani, Gangotri and Chhota Shigri Glacier in India.

WWF-China will focus on the climate change impact on the water source of the Yangtze River in the Tibetan Plateau. This project aims to identify specific threats posed by rapidly retreating glaciers to vulnerable communities, ecosystems, and economic sectors. It will also initiate a community driven management response.

With this in mind, WWF Nepal initiated a climate witness project -Assessment of perception of local community towards adverse impact of climate change in Eastern Himalayan region.

This aims to bring realities of climate change impacts closer to the public, policy makers and supporters. The national focus areas are Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) and Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA).

Contact Information: 
PO Box 7660
Baluwatar, Kathmandu
Nepal
NP
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Oxfam Pakistan

Adapting to climate change

Oxfam is working to help people adapt to the effects of climate change.

Our experience as a development and emergency relief organization is instrumental in assisting communities to build their resilience to more frequent and extreme droughts, floods and weather events.

We do this through new technologies, diversifying livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and by helping people organize themselves to get help and determine solutions.

Reducing emissions

Adaptation alone is not enough. We must also alleviate the problem.

Oxfam advocates on a national and international level for aggressive and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions so that global temperatures do not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Contact Information: 
Pakistan
PK
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Sustainable Development Foundation

Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered under society’s act 1860 in May 2006. It is a pool of researchers, scientists, implementers and policy scholars who believes in sustainable action for all spheres of life. SDF wish to turn out one new method after another, always combining two goals: sustainable livelihoods for the poor and regenerating the environment. SDF is committed with the concept of sustainable development - living within the limits of the natural environment and livelihoods without compromising the needs of future generations.

Conventional development practices only increase the gap between the haves and the have-nots. SDF aimed to develop such mechanisms and institutional systems, which are needed to achieve equitable and environmentally sound development.

SDF will continue to lobby governments and policy-makers, conduct research, influence policy makers, and work with business and industry to address global threats to the planet by seeking long-term solutions.

In Pakistan, more than half of the rural population is unemployed, underemployed or informally employed and on top of it they are not aware for their rights and basic needs of life. They need income generating jobs that provide them with economic security and with the products and services required to satisfy their basic needs, as well as appliances for their daily activities. At the same time, the industries that create these jobs and appliances must reduce the wasteful use of energy, water, forests and other natural resources. Modern industry cannot, and does not, address the needs of rural communities, and in any case requires heavy investment of capital, which is not available.

SDF emphasizes on building local capacities to meet the development challenges of the next era. Its belief is to help communities in search of sustainable solutions for their issues.

Mission

To identify practical sustainable development pathways we are committed to:

Carry out inter- and trans- disciplinary action research aimed at minimizing the negative consequences of global change

Bring institutional transformations to create an environment in which communities may be able to secure their livelihoods through sustainable actions

Mainstreaming marginalized, deprived and vulnerable communities into decision making process through capacity building, networking and advocacy

Contact Information: 
House # 393 – A, Street # 13, F – 10 / 2
Islamabad
Pakistan
PK
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