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Social Associateion for Development of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Association for Social Advancement (BASA) is a non-government; non-profit and non-political organization established in 1991 by like-minded social workers to serve the socio-economically depressed communities in Bangladesh. BASA works in the fields of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor particularly women through the provision of micro-finance services supported by a wide array of development programs.

BASA’s development programs include poverty alleviation, health, environment, agriculture, education and women related projects. Some of the projects under these programmes are still on-going while others have already been completed successfully.

BASA management is composed of the 25 members General Body representing different sectors responsible in electing the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is the policy making body of BASA with 09 members at present. The Advisory Council is composed of individuals from varied backgrounds provides advisory role to the organization on matters requiring their expertise.

Since the beginning of its program operations, BASA has established links with local and international partners like PKSF, APS- Italy, CIDA, UNDP, DFID, Practical Action (ITDG), Winrock International, ADB, INAFI, DGIS, WASTE The Netherlands, AKVO, NGO Forum, VSO,DAP- Australian High Commission, European Commission, and World Bank. BASA has also worked with the Government of Bangladesh in some joint Government- NGO projects. Through the years, BASA has maintained good track record with the donor community enabling it to access resources for its development projects.

Vision:

A socially and economically developed and peaceful society, free from all kinds of discriminations and repressions where people live with dignity, security and respect for each other.

Mission:

To create a positive and sustainable socio-economic change in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged, particularly women, indigenous peoples and persons with disability through micro-finance supported by various social development programmes and services.

Field of Interest

  • Credit support for poor
  • Ecological Sanitation
  • Solid waste management
  • Safe Drinking Water project
  • CDM Project
  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Renewable energy
  • Watsan for Indigenous people
  • Rural Infrastructure Development project
  • Rural agro based technology transfer project

Target Beneficiaries:

BASA’s target beneficiaries are mainly women disadvantaged poor and backward communities. Activities are mainly directed for the empowerment of target people and upliftment of their position in the society. Under micro credit program the direct beneficiaries are over 60,000. In other development programs including Environment Program the direct beneficiaries are around 2000.

Bangladesh Association for Social Advancement (BASA) is a non-government; non-profit and non-political organization established in 1991 by like-minded social workers to serve the socio-economically depressed communities in Bangladesh. BASA works in the fields of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor particularly women through the provision of micro-finance services supported by a wide array of development programs.

BASA’s development programs include poverty alleviation, health, environment, agriculture, education and women related projects. Some of the projects under these programmes are still on-going while others have already been completed successfully.

BASA management is composed of the 25 members General Body representing different sectors responsible in electing the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is the policy making body of BASA with 09 members at present. The Advisory Council is composed of individuals from varied backgrounds provides advisory role to the organization on matters requiring their expertise.

Since the beginning of its program operations, BASA has established links with local and international partners like PKSF, APS- Italy, CIDA, UNDP, DFID, Practical Action (ITDG), Winrock International, ADB, INAFI, DGIS, WASTE The Netherlands, AKVO, NGO Forum, VSO,DAP- Australian High Commission, European Commission, and World Bank. BASA has also worked with the Government of Bangladesh in some joint Government- NGO projects. Through the years, BASA has maintained good track record with the donor community enabling it to access resources for its development projects.

Contact Information: 
House# 113
Road# 06 New DOHS Mohakhali
1206 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Pakistan Relief Foundation

Vision:

To have a strong, empowered and disaster resilient society.

Mission Statement:

To strengthen and empower communities through knowledge enhancement, skill development and creation of livelihood opportunities focusing on women and youth by adapting participatory approaches.

Objectives:

• To mobilize rural and semi urban communities for collective action for development.
• To empower rural women through their participation in development process and income generation activities.
• To eradicate Children’s base major issues in our rural and urban areas.
• To aware emerging youth on political weakness and voting pattern.
• To enhance the capacities of activist /volunteers of community based organization through various programs of training in order to enable them to work efficiently for village development.
• To improve health status of rural communities especially women through providing primary health facilities at their doorsteps.
• To increase of literacy rate in the rural areas especially girls and adult women.
• To advocate and lobby on different social and local issues though information sharing and to involve communities and civil society members in stopping the issue.
• To protect environment though engaging communities, media and youth.

Contact Information: 
Banglow No: 15-C, M.A.C.H.S, Opposite
Makkah Masjid, Near Abdul Razzaq Tabba Chowrangi
Karachi
Pakistan
PK
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International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

“ICCCAD aims to be a global Centre of Excellence on Climate Change and Development research based in Bangladesh, where Climate Change has a significant impact. As a global Centre of Excellence, ICCCAD wants to build and lead a network of Southern based partner institutes, together educating the world about Climate Change and Development and increasing capacity in the South.”

The Centre is based at the Independent University, Bangladesh. Founded in 1993, Independent University, Bangladesh is one of the oldest private universities in Bangladesh where academic excellence is a tradition, teaching a passion and lifelong learning a habit.  IUB currently has more than 4000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 3560 alumni. The student population is projected to grow at 10% annually.

Located in a country that is widely regarded as one of the most at risk from climate change, Bangladesh already suffers serious riverine floods, tropical cyclones, flash floods in the north east and water deficits in the North West. The aim of ICCCAD is to develop a world-class institution that is closely related to local experience, knowledge and research in one of the countries that is most affected by climate change. It is our mission to gain and distribute knowledge on climate change and, specifically, adaptation and thereby helping people to adapt to climate change with a focus on the global south. By focusing on such work in Bangladesh, ICCCAD allows international participants to gain direct knowledge of the issues in a real-world context. Through the expertise of ICCCAD and its local partners, international organisations will be exposed to relevant and grounded knowledge that can be shared and transmitted around the world for the benefit of other LDCs, and their governments, donors and international NGOs.

Our Goals:

  • Training future and current leaders on Climate Change and Development
  • Conducting research to generate peer reviewed publications on Climate Change Adaptation
  • Building capacity, specifically for LDC’s
  • Building a network of partners, mainly consisting of Southern based institutes
Contact Information: 
Independent University, Bangladesh
Plot 16 Block B, Aftabuddin Ahmed Road Bashundhara R/A
Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Integrated Regional Support Program

IRSP is a multi sector development organization working on integrated development approach to bring a sustainable development in the region. IRSP was evolved from Pak-German IRDP and went through many phases of its development.

Before 1994, RDOs were continually working with Pak German IRDP Mardan for social mobilization and support of the VOs and WOs. These RDOs had close coordination with IRDP. During 1994-95, the RDOs realized the need for central coordination, managing and lobbying body of that could replace IRDP at phasing out in December 20000. The RDOs thus jointly decided to form a divisional level body to maintain the socio-economic development in the area in collaboration with Local Govt., external donors and other developmental organizations. Thus RCD was established to manage the RDOs at regional level.

The management of IRSP as an organization was formally structured to replace IRDP after its phasing out in December 2000. Since January 2001 it has been working with this structure under the governance of BoD of IRSP formed from RDOs.

IRSP Vision

IRSP’s vision is to bring socio-economic development in the rural and urban communities through integrated development and participatory approaches.

IRSP’s Mission

IRSP endeavors to empower local communities for pursuing and attaining their own developmental goals.

Contact Information: 
Pakistan
PK
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Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme (CBSDP)

Vision

Communities free from all kinds of exploitation with the restoration of justice and fundamental human rights as well as with fulfillment of all needs in every sphere of their lives.

Mission

To advocate for and work alongside the people affected by poverty and injustice and are striving for emancipation and empowerment to claim their rights for sustainable better living.

Contact Information: 
St. Andrew’s Church 54/1
Barobag Mirpur # 02
1216 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

VISION

A society where all citizens are equally resilient to hazards and are fully equipped to manage sustainable disaster recovery on their own and access public resources as their right.

MISSION

To mainstream disaster risk reduction by turning disaster relief and rehabilitation into an opportunity for sustainable human development and poverty alleviation by supporting poor and marginalized citizens.

STRATEGY

AIDMI seeks to achieve this mission with a strategy that includes:

  • Forging micro-macro links of voices across humanitarian initiatives for long term recovery.
  • Bringing marginalized sections such as women, the poor minorities, dalits, and casual labour to the centre of upcoming changes in humanitarian events in India.
  • Linking action and research to improve quality of disaster response and mitigation over disaster recovery.

FOCUS

AIDMI adds to efforts of Government of India and the citizens. AIDMI's focus is on promoting a practice of community based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through: 

  • Building capacities of multiple humanitarian stakeholders in all stages of disaster risk reduction, response and recovery; 
  • Facilitating exchange and synergy of diverse risk reduction strategies, mechanisms and knowledge to concerned stakeholders with networking among them.
  • Providing timely and targeted relief to disaster-affected communities in a gender-sensitive way, thus supporting human security through shelter, livelihood, water and food projects;
  • Protecting and promoting rights of disaster affected victims with special focus on women, children, dalits and minorities.
  • Devising climate change adaptation approaches in the community context and advocate the same in regional networks.
Contact Information: 
411, Sakar Five, Near Old Natraj Cinema, Mithakhadi Railway Crossing, Ashram Road
380009 Ahmedabad , GJ
India
Gujarat IN
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Huvadhoo Aid

Huvadhoo Aid  is a non-governmental, youth organization located in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll. HAD was founded in 1987 as Hoadedhdhoo Zuvananunge Jamiyya and then renamed to Hoadedhdhoo Association for Development in 1997 following restructuring. HAD’s mission is to achieve rural socio-economic development of youth, women, disabled people and the community, as well as to increase active citizenship and civic participation, strengthen civil society organizations, promote responsible governance, and improve the image of the Maldives throughout the world. HAD also believes that good democratic, equitable governance and a prosperous society can be built only through achieving constructive civic participation.

HAD primarily works to improve the quality of life for Huvadhu atoll population, especially, youth, women, and the disabled.  Thus, consultations with local government officials, the Island Development Committee, the Women’s Development Committee, civil society organizations, and the local community are ongoing to develop and jointly implement projects that address community needs.  Additionally, HAD’s other target groups – with which they primarily work on capacity building – are other civil society organizations and local communities throughout the southernmost atolls of the Maldives.

HAD is an entirely volunteer-run organization with a total of 273 members. The 13 person executive committee is democratically elected by other members of the organization and is supported by local, national, and foreign volunteers. HAD’s organizational structure encourages leadership, but is also horizontally integrated to allow for members to flexibly interact for holistic problem solving. To effectively manage multiple projects and its expanding membership, HAD is divided into six units managed by executive board members, which are: programme development, project implementation unit, youth and sports development, finance and administration, HAD Biz, and the Male office.  Additionally, the executive committee and other volunteers meets at least once a month to discuss socio-economic development issues, social issues, gender issues, and environment issues, and any other relevant community, regional, or national project(s) being undertaken.

HAD is an extremely active organization that maintains, develops, and undertakes multiple projects holistically and simultaneously.  To successfully achieve its mission and objectives, HAD runs programs and projects in the areas of environment, employment, education, and healthcare.

Contact Information: 
Gaaf Dhaal Hoadedhdhoo
HAD Building
Maldives
MV
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Live and Learn Environmental Education

In December 2005 Live and Learn started working in the Republic of the Maldives. Following the devastating tsunami on the 26 December 2004 the Asian Development Bank appointed Live & Learn to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of the Maldives for promoting Sound Environmental Management. The 12 month TA was focused around four outcomes: (i) Support actions towards sustainable water management, (ii) Build capacity for environmental assessment, (iii) Test and Promote Innovative Environment Education and Public Awareness and (iv) Organize for Community-Based Environmental Management. In the latter part of 2006 Live & Learn also commenced work on Phase I of a UNICEF funded ‘WASH’ project to develop environmental education materials to support the existing environmental studies curriculum in schools.

Live & Learn had an impressive first year in the Maldives. With input from International experts and the dedication of 2 local staff Live & Learn was able to deliver significant outputs. At the end of the 12 months Live & Learn had worked closely with 5 pilot communities over 20 visits, organized multiple workshops with stakeholders and subsequently produced a series of high quality documents, including: the Rapid Assessment of Perceptions on environmental issues faced by the communities, Toolkits in English and Dhivehi on Clean Communities, Beach Watch, and Water Quality, a guideline for EIA and Water Resource Management, a Guideline on Community Mobilization in the Maldives and a strategic directions paper on Environmental Education. Live & Learn prides itself on its knowledge-sharing and learning method and is in the process of distributing these documents as widely as possible to all interested parties. Before the end of the first year Live & Learn also worked with lecturers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia to develop a comprehensive primary school teachers' manual and toolkit which could be used by schools and environment clubs throughout the Maldives to support existing and new environmental activities.

During its first year Live & Learn staff was based wholly within the environment section of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water (MEEW). Throughout the 12 months an excellent relationship was established between the two organizations. Live & Learn also works very closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and has signed and MoU in 2010 with the Ministry to pursue livelihood activities in the communities in the North and one community in the South.

In late 2010 Live & Learn expanded its team of Environmental Education Specialists. The team is now comprised of 4 full time staff and 4 part time staff with extensive knowledge and experience in the education sector as well as in the Environment sector in the Maldives and established linkages with relevant stakeholders across the country. Live & Learn has a pool of trained facilitators across the country. Live & Learn continues to maintain a positive work environment and emphasizes knowledge-sharing with our stakeholders.

Contact Information: 
H. Hiyaaveshi 2nd Floor
PO Box 3007 Dubugas Magu
Malé
Maldives
MV
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