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Bangladesh Association of Sustainable Development (BASD)
Organizational Profile

Introduction: BASD is a non-governmental, non-profitable and social development organization devoted in combating human sufferings, poverty reduction and ensuring peace and justice in the society. It has been closely working with the rural and urban poor communities for upgrading their social, educational, economic, and environmental and health situations. It is all about pushing its boundaries to empower communities to develop their own distinctive ways of following good values.

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Legal status of BASD: Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) was registered with NGO Affairs Bureau No. 886, Social Welfare No. 03221 and MRA No. 05518-04426-00431.

Who We Are: BASD covers by its projects and programs the people of all faiths irrespective of caste, creed and religion. It serves all people in need putting more emphasis on the children, women, youth and most vulnerable people – landless, small land-holders, indigenous, tea workers, differently able people, climate refugees, brothel girls and children. BASD aims at holistic development that includes socio-economic and moral-ethical dimensions. All its projects and programs are located in the hard-to-reach areas to serve the people in need. The General Council of BASD oversees all aspects of governance of organization and operation of programs. The General Council meets two times in a year to formulate policies, review BASD’s progress, approve annual report and budget, select auditor etc. The Executive Committee meets on by monthly basis to follow up policy implementation, approve projects/programs and work-plan, monitor BASD’s work progress and give guidance for financial issues. The Executive Committee also guides the Executive Director and the senior staff for ensuring quality services for people in need. Addressing human sufferings, social injustices, poverty and inequalities was the main purpose of establishing BASD by its initiators. This purpose is still relevant in the present context of Bangladesh because for various reasons about 30 percent of people of hard-to-reach areas are yet to enjoy human dignity and fullness of life.

Vision: A transformed society where everyone lives in peace enjoying human dignity and fullness of life.

Mission: Working with the most disadvantaged people and vulnerable communities focusing rights, respect and justice through sustainable interventions for holistic development.

Values:
• Service- with mutual respect and unconditional love,
• Trust - in the dignity and rights of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people
• Stewardship - in using organizational and other resources
• Empowerment - of the disadvantaged people and vulnerable communities
• Love and care - for the nature
• Justice – for the disadvantaged people and the vulnerable communities accompanying them to rise above their poverty with a sense of dignity and self respect.
• Equity – of all people without discrimination of culture, gender or religion.
• Partnership – working in fellowship and cooperation at all levels, generously sharing resources to help build capacity in vulnerable communities to work for better future.
• Solidarity - among all people, but particularly with the disadvantaged people and the vulnerable communities. Solidarity includes the preserving determination to work for the common good.

Principles:
• Developing people’s capacity to link up with Government services.
• Serving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
• Establishing rights and dignity of the most disadvantaged people.
• Ensuring transparency and accountability in all stages of activities.
• Maintaining flexibility and diversity in program/project management.
• Promoting team spirit and professionalism for all activities and services.
• Mainstreaming gender, aged and disability across the organization.
• Encouraging feedback from all stakeholders.
• Sharing good practices with others and learning from others.
• Ensuring inclusiveness and child protection in development planning.

Policies and Manuals in practice:
1. HR Policy (Jul, 2018)
2. Financial Management Policy (Mar, 2017)
3. Child Protection Policy (Mar, 2017)
4. Women Empowerment Policy (Dec, 2014)
5. Capacity Building Policy (Sep, 2014)
6. Gender Policy (Sep, 2014)
7. Environmental Policy (Sep, 2014)
8. Sustainable Livelihood Policy (Sep, 2014)
9. Disaster Management Policy (Aug, 2010)
10. Relief and Rehabilitation Policy (Sep, 2014)
11. Policy of Camera, Computer, Laptop, Projector, Phone, Mobile, Consultant (Mar, 2019)
12. Vehicle Policy (Apr, 2013)
13. Micro Credit Management Policy (May, 2019)
14. Staff Provident Fund (Apr, 2016)
15. Good Governance (Sep, 2014)
16. Staff Security Policy (Mar, 2017)
17. Behavior Policy (Mar, 2017)
18. Training Centre Policy (Jun, 2016)
19. Anti Corruption (Jul, 2018)
20. Money Laundering (Jan, 2020)
21. Role and Responsibilities of SMC (Senior Management Committee) May, 2019

BASD Program Location and Beneficiaries:

No.
District
Upazila
Unions
Villages
Beneficiary
01
Khulna
Dacope
4
49
6,176
02
Bagerhat
Mongla
3
60
6,411
03
Narayangonj
Araihazar
6
55
2,577
04
Moulovibazar
Srimongal
4
14
807
05
Sunamgonj
Sunamgonj
1
23
1,142
06
Dhaka
Tejgoan
1
1
100
07
Cox’s Bazar
Ukhiya
6
(4 Ref. Camp)
14
(4 Ref. Camp)
8000
Ref & Host
08
Satkhira
Shyamnagr
1
20
4000
Ref & Host
-
Kaligonj
10
(4 Ref. Camp)
5
(4 Ref. Camp)
8000
Ref & Host
8
8
27
239
30,2013 (Indirect: 2,50,852)
(Indirect: 1,00,852)

With whom BASD Works:
• Climate change and disaster affected people
• Tribal people
• Tea garden workers
• Poor and vulnerable people
• Day labors
• Marginal farmers, small traders, small service holders
• Brothel girls and vulnerable women
• Street and floating children
• Rohinga Refugees

BASD Executive Committee:

No. Name Designation
1. Mr. Chandan Zd Gomes
Chairman
2. Ms. Noorjahan Begum Vice Chairman
3. Mr. Boniface Subrata Gomes General Secretary
(Executive Director)
4. Ms. Alaka Halder Treasurer
5. Mr. Subroto Richmond Joydhor Assistant General Secretary
6. Mr. Stephen Prodip Singha Executive Member
7. Mr. Milon Louis Gomes Executive Member
8. Mr. Subash Chandra Halder Executive Member
9. Ms. Lucky Gloria Rita Gomes Executive Member

Advisory Committee:

1. Adv. Edmund Gomes
2. Sr. Paulin Gomes CSC
3. Ms. Bertha Gity Baroi
4. Dr. Faustina Pereira
5. Ms. Amrita Rozario
6. Mr. M.M. Rahamat Ullah
7. Mr. Louis M. Boiragi

Monitoring: Monitoring is an ongoing process. It is integrated with the management reporting. The monitoring system will be computerized and managed by the responsible persons. Two ways information flow has been established to ensure timely information for all stakeholders. Using participatory approach monitoring tools and indicators are developed. All stakeholders’ participations are ensured in this regard. Both qualitative and quantitative changes are reflected in the reports. Monitoring information is collected at field level and these are analyzed accordingly. Both physical and internal effect monitoring system has been developed.

Evaluation: The program as usual is evaluated once in a year internally. Both project staff and beneficiaries are involved in this process. An independent professional team carries out the external evaluation once in three years as decided by the organization and the donor.

Reporting: Project reporting system has been integrated with the management. Periodical reports are prepared for various needs of different stakeholders. The format and scope of the reporting depends on management as well as donor requirement. The reports are mainly focused at the result level. Project staffs help the focal point and the Executive Director with their outputs and data to prepare the reports.

Technical Aspects: Strategy: BASD puts emphasis on capacity building for itself as to be a master capacity builder, advocate, researcher and implementer of multi-dimensional programs and acts as an institution. It works with the grassroots beneficiaries, Local and International NGOs, Government, National and International Donors and Financial Institutions and Development Partners to ensure resource and policy linkage for its ongoing and incoming projects and programs.

Funding Sources: BASD has good linkages and relationship with Government of Bangladesh, Donors Organizations, National and International Networks, Commercial Banks, Bangladesh Bank, International and National NGOs. BASD has contributed for quality improvement of setting up small micro-credit enterprises in different parts of the country with its own funds and community involvement.

Stakeholders:
• Government and non government agencies.
• Local government bodies.
• Local beneficiaries.
• Financial institutions/banks.
• Development partners/UN agencies.
• Research institutions.
• Policy makers and social leaders.
• Media professionals.
• National and International Networks.
• Foreign Government.

Staffs:

Male
Female
Full Time
Part time
Total
49
19
63
17
80

 

Projects and Programs:

Capacity Enhancement and Resource Integration for Area Resilience (CERIAR): This program was launched in Banishanta (Dacope) in 2005 and later shifted in Mongla (Bagerhat) with the financial assistance of TEAR Australia. The main activities are capacity building and phase over of the 60 Self Help Groups (SHG), Networks of Mongla, Chilla and Changpai Unions, livelihood development, climate change adaptation, child development.

2. Women Capacity Building: Microcredit for Mothers (MvM) helps women in Bangladesh to set up their own business through small loans, the opportunity to save and professional, entrepreneurial and leadership trainings. This is program is being implemented in Dacope, Khulna within 100 poor women with the financial assistance of Mothers for Microcredit, a Netherlands based Donor Organization.

3. Women for Economic Empowerment and Climate Action in Satkhira WEECAS: This is a 3 years Ecovillage and Permaculture based program activities starting from 2021 – 2023 for implementing among 5,000 poor women of 25 villages of Shyamnagor and Kaligonj Upozilas of Satkhira District funded by UK Aid in joint Parternership of with Gaia Education and BASD. Main activities are social, ecological and economical development through 50 Self Help Groups and 200 Change Makers who will be trained on Sustainable Community Design, agro-ecology and various skills.
This program is assisted and funded by Lush Fund (UK) for 6 months for about 5,000 Rohinga Refugees and Bengali host community people. This program was implemented before for 2 times and now is being planning for implementing in Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar).

4. Rohinga Refugee and Host Community Assistance Project: This is a permaculture based program funded by Quaker Service Australia for 5,000 Rohinga Refugees & Bengali host community people in Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar).

5. Refugee Assistance and Host Community Project: This is permaculture based program, funded by Lush Fund (UK) for 6 months for 5,000 Rohinga Refugees and Bengali host community people in Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar).

6. Permaculture Design, Rohinga Refugees and Host Communities: From 2018 to 2020, 125 Rohinga Refugee and Host Community women and youths were trained on Permaculture design started Permaculture gardens in Camps No. 13, 19, 4 and in 8 villages of Rajapalong and Palongkhali Unions. Each of the trainees shared learning to 50 persons whom were given vegetable seeds for cultivation. Within 2 -3 months of the training, the above Camps and villages became green, plenty of vegetables and still now, most of the trainees are continued practicing the learning. Local GO-NG) Representative, leaders and other communities were impressed and much encouraged. You can see part of the Trainees in the Camps and Villages, doing waste management, composting, cultivating vegetables – in open spaces, hanging on fences, roof top, bottle gardening etc. Trainees and the communities are thankful to the Facilitators - Rosemary, Ruth, Zed, Jyoti, Ajit, Ershard, Sumon, Mary and to Lush and QSA donors.

7. Disaster Preparedness: This program is a permaculture based program for leaders, teachers, students, farmers and community people. Community are taught and inspired for practicing the following some basic disaster adaptation techniques (DAT) for saving lives and materials. DATs are - 4-5 feet high floor and lower house for living, kitchen, toilet and cow’s room, tying 4 corners of house ceiling, emergency clay pitchers, home bank, hanging vegetable garden, life jacket etc.

8. Micro Credit – Self Reliance Program -1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Being implementing in Narayangonj, Moulovi Bazar, Sunamgonj and Khulna districts among 266 savings groups, 4419 members who has 1,85,37,978 savings deposited, total 3,73,32,91Tk. is being revolving.

9. Permaculture works: BASD is greatly concerned about environment, nature care, climate change adaptation and mitigation. For strengthening the initiatives, BASD started developing 110 villages transforming into Permaculture and Ecovillages in Dacope (Khulna) and Monga (Bagerhat), Ukhiya (Cox’s Bazar) and Srimongal (Moulovibazar). With the inspiration of BASD a number of NGOs started Permaculture works in the country and together with BASD developed a Networks (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Networks – C-MAN). BASD is progressing and implementing transforming of 1,000 villages into Permaculture and Ecovillages within next 5 years.

10. Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Education (EDE): BASD is regularly is time to time conducting 10 days of PDC (Permaculture Design Course) and 20 days of EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) in the country from 2005. Till now, BASD conducted 12 PDCs and 6 EDEs in the country and 450 leaders, farmers, students, teachers, GO-NGO Personnel are trained and working in different parts the country.

11. Education and Research Program: BASD has children assistance program in different schools, institutions and communities of Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal. BASD implemented education program during 1995 – 2008 and children education assistance program from 2009 – 2018 in Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal. BASD has started joint Research programs with NGO and Educational Institutions on climate resilience, food security, disaster adaptation.

12. Water and Sanitation Programs: From 1995 - 2020 BASD has been working for water and sanitation with integrated approaches in different communities like Srimongal, Sunamgonj, Araihazar, Mongla, Banishatna and Sutarkhali. Activities are – Helping communities with pit latrines, tube wells, pond sand filters and village based pond / cannel re-excavation for washing, irrigation and drinking by boiling.

13. Network and BASD’s Engagement: BASD keeps communication, maintains Networking and implement activities in Partnership with GO-NGOs, Educational Institutions and Experts from 1991. It has Networking in different Upozilas and Districts and national based in the country. BASD has presently active Networking with GENO (Srilanka), GEN (Scotland), RE-Alliance (UK), Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Network (C-MAN) and DAWN (Dhaka).

 

Previous Remarkable Project (2013-2017)

1. Gaia Education, BASD and Cifal Scotland Partnership BCEC Project, funded by Scottish Government: Building Capacity and Empowering Communities towards Climate Change Project was implemented in partnership with Gaia Education, Cifal Scotland and Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD), funded by the Scottish Government from 2013 -2017, were been implemented in 60 villages of Dacope (Khulna) and Mongla (Bagerhat). This project aimed to improve sustainable food security and livelihood development through capacity building, empowerment of poor women and climate change adaptation strategies and interventions. The Result were Permaculture Design Course (PDC) trained up 120 people, Design for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh (DSSB) trained up 50 people, more than 50 projects were implemented on aquaculture, organic gardening, animal husbandry, fishery, vermin composting, nursery and marketing where more than 392 people were employed. There 100 demonstration on Climate Change Adaptation Techniques houses. More than 20 families from each of 60 villages started permaculture design works whose income increased from per month Tk 3000 to Tk. 5000.

2. Transform Aid International and BASD joint Partnership Program - .

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Other Program Experience:
1. Livelihood Skill Training: BASD initiated to develop the livelihood skill of the community people especially for the unemployed women, youths and school dropped out students. Some of trainings are: carpentry, motor mechanics, electronic, welding, sewing, embroidery, boutique, handloom, handicrafts, confectionary, animal husbandry, organic gardening, poultry tailoring, kerchupi, beauty parlour etc. More than 5,000 unemployed women, youths and school dropped out students, poor community people, brothel and street girls are included.

2. Networking Program: BASD believes in cooperation and has established networks with local government, Government agencies, NGOs, institutions and related groups. BASD regularly joins the government coordination meetings at Upazilas, Districts, National and International levels. BASD initiated cooperation and networking with GO-NGOs for Climate Change, Eco-Village, HIV/AIDS. BASD has close Networking with GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) in Scotland, GENOA (Global Ecovillage Network Oceania Asia), in Thailand, C-MAN (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Network) in Bangladesh, CDF, DAWN (Disadvantaged Adolescents Working NGOs) in Dhaka, Gaia Education in Scotland, GEESE, Scotland and many other Networks in the local level and International level.

3. Education Program: BASD has children assistance program in different schools, institutions and communities in the project areas of Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal with the financial assistance of donors. BASD selects the poor and vulnerable children, especially handicapped, children of widows and financially and socially back warded people. Under this program, children get assistance for education; learn cross cutting issues, life training, environment, child rights and various skill developments. BASD implemented education program in different districts of Bangladesh during 1995 – 2008 and children education assistance program from 2009 – 2018 in Mongla, Dacope and Srimongal.

4. Adult literacy program: Through this program BASD implemented non formal education from 1995 to 2008 in various locations like Narayangon, Sunamgonj, Moulovibazar, Khulna and Bagerhat Districts for the illiterate poor people. The illiterate group members learnt writing, reading, doing sums and planning various projects for their livelihoods. This process helped them a lot for phase over of the groups for self reliance and sustainability.

5. Primary and preventive health care service: Motivation and training, focusing on disease prevention through nutrition, hygiene practice, clean water and sanitation programs in different areas including tea gardens in Srimongal, weavers area in Araihahar, hilly area in Sunamgonj, saline areas in Mongla and Dacope from 1995 - 2016. The organizations trained and educated at least one member from each savings / self help group as health worker, who help other members of the groups for necessary assistance. The health worker educates and encourages group members for plantation of medicinal saplings at home so that the members do not run to the doctors for simple and common diseases.

6. Water and Sanitation Programs: From 1995 to 2015 BASD has been working for water and sanitation with integrated approaches in different communities like Srimongal, Sunamgonj, Araihazar, Mongla, Banishatna and Sutarkhali in the following forms:
a) Teaching and preparing pit latrines’ rings, slabs, fences in different villages for using in village communities and selling for extra income for the groups.
b) Distribution of rings and slabs to the poor community people for installation.
c) Helping construction and using of Eco Friendly Latrines in different villages.
d) Installation of Tube wells in the poor community areas in the country.
e) Distribution of Tube wells to the village communities
f) Helping 52 village communities in Mongla (Bagerhat), Banishanta and Sutarkhali (Dacope) from 2008 for re-excavation of sweet water ponds, for drinking and washing.
g) Some villages constructed pond sand filters (PSF) for drinking with assistance from BASD.
h) 52 village communities were advised and distributed clay pitchers for preservation of rain water for drinking in the hard times of the year.

7. HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program: Educate and aware sex workers in Banishanta brothel and the community people in Banishanta union and Mongla municipality regarding the hazard of HIV/AIDS. Supply condoms to sex workers and risk groups so that they could save themselves from the risk of HIV/AIDS. As the part of prevention program BASD provided treatment support to the STD patients in these areas. Skill development training along with rehabilitation to sex workers and their boys and girls is another component of this HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program. The organization provided different skill development training to more than 200 sex workers in Banishanta brothel and street girls of Mongla and some of them are rehabilitated in nearby village communities.

8. Justice and advocacy: Enhancing awareness to poor men and women at grassroots level on basic human rights is one of the components of BASD. It focuses on ‘at risk’ people; poor, children, women, indigenous and minority groups to establish their basic rights. Till now BASD provided training to about 1000 community people and children on different human rights issues.

9. Disaster Response Program: Emergency disaster events such as hurricane, tidal wave, flood, earthquake or other ‘natural or human-made disasters are main hindrances of sustainable developments, which BASD tried to respond. BASD undertook immediate relief works (survival and protecting affected people’s lives) and midterm rehabilitation programs (assistance with returning to previous livelihoods) in different areas in the country. BASD responded for Dengue Fever Eradication in Dhaka and Srimongal and Rehabilitation to the AILA affected people in Dacope and Mongla are important initiatives, which were appreciated by the government and the community.

10. Permaculture and Ecovillage Initiatives: