Tag: South Asia

Janathakshan (Guarantee) LTD

 

Janathakshan meaning ‘people’s technology’ or ‘technology for people’ was registered as a Company limited by Guarantee in Sri Lanka on 27th December 2011 to carry-out the legacy of Practical Action, Sri Lanka.

Practical Action (An UK based INGO) formerly known as Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), since establishment of a country office in Sri Lanka in March 1989 has significantly expanded its areas of work to include demonstrating technology based approaches across number of sectors and geographical areas in Sri Lanka and South Asia. Specifically focusing on Food and Agro processing, Micro Enterprise Development, Market Systems Development for Poor, Rural Transport, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficient Appliances & Approaches, Water for Domestic & Livelihood Purposes, Cost Effective Housing, Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries including work with Lagoon Fishers.

Janathakshan will continue to work focusing on the thematic areas of; • Renewable Energy • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) • Rural livelihoods and transport• Small enterprise development• Water for domestic and livelihoods/irrigation needs• Urban resilience • Natural Resource Management (NRM)Janathakshan will continue to work focusing on the thematic areas of; Renewable Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Rural Livelihoods and Transport, Small Enterprise Development, Water for Domestic and Livelihoods/Irrigation Needs, Urban Resilience, Natural Resource Management (NRM). Janathakshan will continue to demonstrate viable technology based approaches to poverty reduction on the ground through innovative projects, generating knowledge to share, network and be a strong advocate at the national level and beyond.

Contact Information: 
No.5, Lionel Edirisinghe Mw.
Colombo 05
Sri Lanka
LK
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Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS)

Vision and Mission

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has operated since 1936, first as a branch of the British Red Cross and then from 1949 to 1971 as the Ceylon Red Cross Society. It was recognized by the ICRC and admitted into the League of Red Cross Societies (now the Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies) in 1952. The Ceylon Red Cross Society was renamed as Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in 1972. The society was recognized by Royal Charter in1951 and as a charitable organization in 1959, by a gazette notification of the Finance Ministry. It was also registered under the Social Service Act 33 of 1980.

In 2002, SLRCS adopted a new constitution and organizational changes. The current management structure includes a Director General, three Deputy Director Generals for HR, finance and operations, and directors/executive directors of administration, finance, disaster management, communication, human resource development, and organizational development.

The SLRCS covers all 25 administrative Districts of the country and has 26 branches including newly constituted Colombo Metropolitan Branch.

SLRCS Intention is to ensure that all activities, projects and programmes planned and implemented in the mid to long term by the various components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are carried out in full respect of the spirit of the Seville Agreement, and the 2010 Strategy for the Movement. A Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2003 between the SLRCS, the Federation and the ICRC, acts as a guide in all its partnership formations.

Movement support of the SLRCS has been strengthened by the conclusion of an International Federation Status Agreement with the GoSL in 2004.

The total membership 100,000. The total number of active volunteers 6,500

Our Vision

Safer, resilient and socially inclusive communities through improving lifestyles and changing mind-sets.

Mission

Reduce risk, build capacity and promote principles and values by mobilizing resources, creating universal access to services through volunteerism and partnership

Principles

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement fundamental principles are

Humanity
Impartiality
Neutrality
Independence
Voluntary service
Unity and Universality

Contact Information: 
No. 104, Dharmapala
Colombo 7
Mawatha,
Sri Lanka
LK
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Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF)

 

NWCF is a non-governmental, non political and not-for-profit organization conducting interdisciplinary research on interrelated issues that affect the use and management of water with specific focus on the Himalaya-Ganga region. The foundation was reincorporated with the District Administration Office Kathmandu in 2000 meeting the governmental requirements. Since its establishment, the foundation has dedicated its focus to generate and disseminate knowledge on water management through research, publications and engagement in public dialogues. It has also sought to address emerging challenges and ever changing educational needs of water management. NWCF works with local communities as well as with organizations at local, national, regional and international levels.

Vision

NWCF envisions a world where the current needs for water are met without compromising the rights of the future generations and nature.

Mission

NWCF’s mission is to improve understanding of the water and its intrinsic function in human society and nature through interdisciplinary research, sharing and dissemination, and capacity building of younger professionals. The aim is to evolve such ethos into institutions that analyze water issues at regional and international scales

Contact Information: 
23 Sri Durbar Tole
Lalitpur-3, GPO Box 3971
Kathmandu
Nepal
NP
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Institute for Social and Environmental Transition- Nepal (ISET-N)

 

ISET-Nepal  a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation was established in 2001 to study and analyse developmental issues of rapidly changing social and environmental context that demand new insights into the emerging challenges to manage resources for sustainable development.

ISET-Nepal has dedicated its organisational focus to generate, explore and disseminate knowledge on changing social and environmental context through research, publications and engagement in public debates to address the emerging challenges and issues.

Vision: 
Envisions a society capable of addressing the emerging social and environmental challenges through improved local institutional capacity to respond flexibly and consciously using innovative approaches and sustainable solutions as new issues arise.

Mission: 
To improve understanding and elevate the level of dialogue as civil society attempts to respond to natural resource and environmental challenges in a rapidly changing social and economic context through generation and dissemination of new knowledge on diverse issues that affect both natural resources and general well being of the society

Goal:

  1. To conduct academic studies and researches on environment and social development. 
  2. To work towards increasing the capacity of youth having inclination for study, research and academic activities.
  3. To promote education, training and exchange of academic cooperation, interactions and discussions at local, regional  and national level. 
Contact Information: 
Manasi Marga, Kathmandu Municipality-4
P.O.Box: 3971
Kathmandu
Nepal
NP
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Eminence Associates for Social Development

 

Eminence Associates for Social Development (EASD) emerged as a not-for-profit organization with its brand name ‘Eminence’ to reach out the health, nutrition, education, climate change, governance, poverty, livelihood, food security and human rights realm of Bangladesh alongside contributing its potential to invigorate the existing development system. Today, Eminence is a vibrant, rapidly growing NGO, who strives to bring about a progressive Bangladesh where people live in health equity. Eminence envisions reinforcing an extensively participatory society that will be sustainable in terms of healthcare, education and economy locally as well as globally. It is registered (Reg No. - 2632) under the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Ordinance (Ordinance No. 46, 1978) of the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh and the Voluntary Social Welfare Agency (Registration and Control) Ordinance (1961) of the Ministry of Social Welfare of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the City Corporation Ordinance (1983).

Contact Information: 
Hena Nibash (2nd Floor)
3/6 Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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NGO Forum for Public Health

 

Being launched as the UN-brainchild in 1982, NGO Forum has been involved as the apex networking and service delivery body of NGOs, CBOs and private sector operators in the WatSan sector of Bangladesh. Over the years it has been contributing to the improvement of Public Health situation by reducing mortality and morbidity, and conserving sound environment. In order to implement its programmes as a process of holistic transformation of the society towards development, the Forum has emphasizingly stepped forward maintaining a perfect balance among WatSan, health and environment. Combining hardware & software supports and networking efforts, NGO Forum materializes its integrated programmes directly and in association with its partners countrywide.

Contact Information: 
4/6, Block - E, Lalmatia 1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD)

 

Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD is an independent, non-profit, and progressive policy, research, and implementation institute. CPRD envisions promoting people-centered sustainable development by innovation, application and advancement of appropriate scientific, technical and local knowledge through research, developing models, demonstration and implementation.

Genesis

In January 2006 a group of young professionals met to discuss to find the strategies to support survival strategies of the marginalized people living at the forefront of the climate change risk and associated extreme weather events. The outcome of the meeting is the formation of a dedicated institution, CPRD, which would implement participatory action research, development policy research and advocacy on, interalia, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, development of alternative livelihoods and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in the development policies.

Legal Status

CPRD is registered as a research institution under the Societies Act XXI of 1860 with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies. (Registration No. S 7023(211)/07 dated 05 September 2007)

Mission

Facilitate people’s initiatives and exploring paths of social and economic transformation towards a Just, Participatory and Sustainable society.

Goal

CPRD envisions promoting people-centered sustainable development by innovating, applying and advancing appropriate scientific, technical and local knowledge through research, by developing models, demonstration, policy advocacy and project implementation.

Strategy

To achieve the goal, CPRD equally gives importance to appropriate technology innovation and transfer, environmental justice for sustainable development, social justice for women and minority rights, public-private partnership and, north south dialogue for harmonizing growth and trade justice. In all aspect CPRD will develop effective communication tools for reducing rural-urban, north-south technology and knowledge gap, and will facilitate poor people’s access to resources and contemporary knowledge and skills.

Contact Information: 
CPRD.House
138, Flat A 6, Road 3, Block A Niketon Housing Society, Gulshan 1,
1212 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Shushilan

 

Shushilan, a Bengali name signifying endeavours for a better future, is a local non government development organization set up in 1991. The organization came into being in the face of degradation of socio-ecological resources in the southwest coastal region with specific mission to redress the declining natural resource base, livelihoods and food security of the people. To uphold human rights and gender equity for the socially disadvantaged community with the focus on women is another major concern of Shushilan’s development initiatives.Shushilan is a local agro-ecology and right based NGO working in the southwest coastal region for ensuring livelihood security of the resource poor community through promoting sustainable agricultural firming system and environmental health. Wetland resource management with focus on aquaculture is one of the principal components of Shushilan’s development initiatives in the region.

Contact Information: 
Khulna Main Contact Office
155 KDA Jalil Sarani
9000 Khulna
Bangladesh
BD
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SONGSHOPTAQUE

 

SONGSHOPTAQUE is a Bengali word meaning FIRGT TO THE DEATH. It is a social, cultural and human benevolent organization established in 2000 by a group of young cultural activists with a view to improving the underprivileged section of the society through consolidating their knowledge, power and humanity. Through propelling with a right based mission, SONGSHOPTAQUE functioning with the enormous participation of disadvantaged children, adolescents, women and men, poor widow and divorcees and people with disabilities. Initially the organization was focused on cultural activities like music, drama, recitation, mime etc through operating schools. While working in the communities, it felt the need for education of the children of poor families and support for the people with disabilities. Subsequently it committed to work with the coastal community people, marginalized ethnic, minority people and urban slam dweller in the field of child rights, child education, Early Childhood Development, disable people rights, water & sanitation, women empowerment, food security & climate change in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Bandharban District.

Contact Information: 
18, West Shahid Mirza Lane,
Chittagong
Bangladesh
BD
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An Organization for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED)

The Southwest coastal region of Bangladesh is rich in natural resources. The human civilization and culture of this region developed depending on those natural resources. But unfortunately, disasters caused by human interventions and natural calamities have caused severe damages to the environment, ecology, and biodiversity of the region. Thus human lives and livelihoods have become vulnerable.

It was in such a situation that in 1999 a group of young energetic and socially committed enthusiasts got together and formed ‘AOSED-An Organization for Socio-Economic Development’ for conserving environment, ecology and biodiversity and ensuring people's right of access to natural resource towards alleviation of poverty.

Contact Information: 
334, Sher-A-Bangla Road (1st floor)
9100 Khulna
Bangladesh
BD
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