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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 health situations. It is all about pushing its boundaries to empower communities to develop their own distinctive ways of following good values.

Legal Status: 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: Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) is a non-government social development organization established in 1991 with the initiative of social workers, teachers, doctors and church leaders of different denominations. It is registered under Social Welfare (Dha - 03221 in 1994) and its registration number with NGO Affairs Bureau is 886 (in 1995). It is also registered under Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), and Registration Number is: 05518-04426-00431.

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, the women, the youth and the most vulnerable groups – landless, small land-holders, the indigenous, the elderly and the differently able people. 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 once a year to formulate policies, review BASD’s progress, approve annual report and budget, select auditor, etc. The Executive Committee meets on quarterly basis to follow up policy implementation, approve projects/programs and work-plan, monitor BASD’s 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: For creating a distinct image in the community and to others, BASD has adopted some core values that will be maintained by the staff, the Executive Committee, the General Council, the Advisory Board and all others who are associated with this organization. BASD believes in values demonstrated by:
•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: BASD has decided to follow some basic working principles to build reputation and gain better acceptance. The basic working principles of BASD include:
• 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:
BASD has developed following policies, Manuals and Guidelines:
1. HR Policy/ Personnel Policy (Condition of Service)
2. Financial Management Policy
3. Child Protection Policy
4. Women Empowerment Policy
5. Capacity Building Policy
6. Gender Policy
7. Environmental Policy
8. Livelihood Policy
9. Disaster Management Policy
10. Relief and Rehabilitation Policy
11. Phone Policy
12. Vehicle Policy
13. Micro Finance Management Policy
14. Revolving Seed Money Policy
15. Procurement Policy
16. Staffs’ Safety Policy
17. Behavior Policy

BASD Program Location and Beneficiaries:


With whom BASD Works: BASD has decided to serve the following people under the scope of its various development programs:
•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

BASD Executive Committee:

No. Name Designation
1. Ms. Merelin Keka Adhikary
2. Mr. Chandon Z. Gomes Vice Chairman
3. Mr. Boniface S. Gomes General Secretary
(Executive Director)
4. Ms. Noorjahan Asst. Gen Sec.
5. Ms. Alaka Halder Treasurer
6. Mr. Richmond Joyodhor Joint Treasurer
7. Fr. Ignatius Gomes Agriculture, Climate Change & Environment Affairs Sec.
8. Mr. Felix Gomes Executive Member
9. Mr. Stephen P. Singha Executive Member

Advisory Committee:

1. Adv. Edmond Gomes
2. Ms. Bertha Gity Baroi
3. Md. Farhad Ahmad Akanda (Pompy)
4. Mr. Louis M. Boiragi
5. Dr. Thomas Costa
6. Mr. Mukkaram Hossain

Monitoring System: Monitoring is an ongoing process. It is integrated with the management reporting. The monitoring system will be computerized and managed by the responsible person. 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 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. The external team is constituted involving all level is formed involving key staff of all program activities. This team will work on to measure the organizational as well as program effectiveness using the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) method.

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-finance enterprises in different parts of the country with its own funds.

• 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

Professional and Support Staffs:

Full Time
Part time

Projects and Programs:

1. Banishanta Union Integrated Livelihood Transformation (BUILT):
BASD launched this program at Banisanta (Khulna) in 2005 for assisting vulnerable and poor people for self reliance, capacity building and empowerment. The main activities are developing, capacity building and phase over of Self Help Groups (SHG) and Banishanta SHG Network, livelihood development, PHC, organic cultivation, Permaculture Design, Eco-village Design, climate change adaptation, development assistance of brothel girls and children. This Project is funded by Transform Aid International, Australia. This project includes 22 villages and Banishanta brothel from the beginning of the project.

2. Capacity Enhancement and Resource Integration for Area Resilience Project (CERIAR), Mongla, Bagerhat:
BASD launched this program in Banishanta (Dacope) in 2005 and later shifted in Mongla (Bagerhat) with the financial assistance of TEAR Australia. The main activities are developing, capacity building and phase over of the Self Help Groups (SHG), Networks of Mongla, Chilla and Changpai Unions, livelihood development, PHC, organic cultivation, Permaculture Design, climate change adaptation. This Project is funded by TEAR Australia. This project includes 60 wards and villages of Mongla Municipality, Chilla and Chandpai Unions.

3. Micro Finance:
Group formation is the methodology to gather poor people of the community for their common interest. The organization started saving / self help groups from 1993. These members are regularly depositing small amount of money every week. This developed savings mentality of these members. BASD provides credit support to these group members in order to improve the economic and social strength of these households so that they could move forward to get economic emancipation from the poverty and be empowered in the society. This micro finance support has in fact created self-employment opportunity and diversified the working sources. Poor people are now involved in alternative income sources and they, have self-confidence, dignity and honor in the communities. At present BASD have 379 savings / self help groups with 7202 men (572) and women (6630) in Sunamgonj, Moulovibazar, Narayangonj, Khulna and Bagerhat Districts. According to our records, 3014 families are now self reliance, sending children to school, employment opportunity created, have better and nutritious food for family members, have better house and rooms, have more domestic animals and birds, developed wealth, members’ status and empowered in the society, which they didn’t have before entering to the savings / self help groups.

4. Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Courses (EDE):
Organization has been providing Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Eco-village Design Courses (EDE) in view of developing education and skills of the community people for nature care and development, organic cultivation, social, economic, spiritual and climate change adaptation. This courses have been found very effective in different areas of the country. These courses included organic gardening, crop and vegetable production, composting, controlling of pesticides; specially developing ecology, sociology, economic and spirituality. BASD has been conducting these courses in the country from the year 2000 and trained more than 1500 GO-NGO personnel, farmers, teachers and other professionals in different districts like Khulna, Bagerhat, Chittagong, Bandorbon, Kurigram, Kishorgonj, Netrokuna, Gazipur, Moulovibazar, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Rajbari, Gazipur, Gaibanda etc. The result is more than 100 villages in the country started working on permaculture design and ecovillage design directly by BASD and other NGOs.

5. Bangladesh Ecovillages and Permaculture Villages:
BASD is greatly concerned about environment, nature care and climate change issues and trying to mitigate or adapt the problems for long years. For strengthening the initiatives, BASD started developing 25 Ecovillages in Khulna and Bagerhat by herself, 15 Ecovillages in different districts with close cooperation of Networking NGOs and Institutions. BASD has a long term plan for education, development and working with 1,000 villages in rural and urban in the country for transforming them into Ecovillage and expects to educate and train at least 10,000 farmers, teachers, students, leaders, researchers and GO-NGO personnel on permaculture design and Ecovillage design so that the community people will be green, will be ecological, social, spiritual and economical, community will be environment friendly. For strengthening of these initiatives, BASD is looking for partners, well wishers and donors to discuss about this for fruitful implementation. Pleases see various climate change adaptation and disaster adaptation techniques in the bellow that the Ecovillage and permaculture communities are practicing in the Southern Bangladesh.

5 Feet high floor and lower ceiling grass house
5 Feet high floor and lower ceiling
Emergency clay pitcher
5 feet high toilet and cow shed
Rain water reserve pond
Quick composting
Organic gardening
Permaculture design
Permaculture design training
Rain water reserve at home
Material hanging under ceiling

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 2000 unemployed women, youths and school dropped out students including brothel and street girls are trained during last 10 years.

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 Sri-mongal and Rehabilitation to the AILA affected people in Dacope and Mongla are important initiatives, which were appreciated by the government and the community.

10. Bangladesh Ecovillages and Permaculture Villages Initiatives:
BASD is greatly concerned about BASD is greatly concerned about environment, nature care and climate change issues and trying to mitigate and adaptation for long years. For strengthening the initiatives, BASD started developing Ecovillages in the country. The organization is working with 60 traditional villages for transforming into Ecovillages in South Bengal like Dacope of Khulna and Mongla of Bagerhat. 25 traditional villages are transformed partially into Ecovillages of whose community people are practicing partly permaculture design for cultivation and following principles of Ecovillagesand permaculture. Besides, BASD is encouraging and working together with 10 NGOs of different districts for transforming their 15 traditional villages into Ecovillages. BASD has a long term plan for education, development and working with 1,000 villages in rural and urban in the country for transforming them into Ecovillage and expects to educate and train at least 10,000 farmers, teachers, students, leaders, researchers and GO-NGO personnel on permaculture design and Ecovillage design so that the community people will be more ecological, social, spiritual and economical, community will be environment friendly and green. For strengthening of this initiative, BASD is looking for partners, well wishers and donors for discussing and fruitful implementation. Pleases see various climate change adaptation and disaster adaptation techniques in the bellow that the Ecovillages and permaculture communities are practicing in the Southern Bangladesh. Please see also the video ‘In the line of Life’ in this regard in YouTube.

The completion of Permaculture Design Course by the community people
How community people are working together to make saline tolerant raised bed

The 1st Ecovillage started in Bangladesh at Prottasha-Julekha, Upazila - Srimongal, District – Moulovibazar in March 2005 initially with 32 members but later the number was 86 which is not functioning well at present. Later the initiative taken in Southern Bengal. Gradually the number of Ecovillage increased in the country. Presently Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) is working with 60 Ecovillages in Dacope of Khulna and Mongla of Bagerhat but among them 25 traditional villages are transformed partially into Ecovillages of whose community people are practicing partly permaculture design for cultivation and following principles of Ecovillages and permaculture.

In Dacope upazila, BASD is working at Banishanta and Koilashgonj Unions. In Banishanta: 16 Ecovillage communities where BASD is presently working and they are: 1) Uttar Banishanta, 2) Gora Khajuriya, 3) Arua Dhayingmari, 4) East Khejuriya, 5) North Amtola, 6) Bilpar, 7) West Khajuriya, 8) Kakrabuniya, 9) Andharmanik, 10) Shundarbon, 11) West Dhayingmari, 12) Banishanta (Dolit), 13) West Banishanta, 14) Purbo Banishanta, 15) East Amtola and 16) Ramnagor.

In Mongla, BASD is working with 9 Ecovillage communities: 1) Masmara, 2) Shelabuniya Morshed Sharok, 3) Shelabuniya Afseruddin Sharok, 4) Kamerdanga, 5) Galachipa Burirdanga, 6) South Kainmari, 7) North Kainmari, 8) Malgazi, 9) Klatala.

People of these areas have experienced severe cyclone Sidr in 2007 and Aila in 2009. After starting the movement, these communities have some changes in ecological, social, economical and spiritual aspects due to Ecovillage movement. Most of the ecovillage people started cultivating organic vegetable. They are avoiding chemical compost and pesticides and applying instead organic matters such as hard compost, liquid compost, vermi compost and so on into their land and garden. Therefore, they are getting fresh and green vegetables, which are ensuring family food security and increasing family food nutrition. Some of them are earning a good amount of money by selling in the local markets. Some are practicing mixed fish cultivation and vegetable cultivation beside the ponds. Some are developing nurseries which ensure green plants and trees in the villages with a healthy environment. In a word, people of Dacope and Mongla have started ecological friendly practices, which shows apparently Ecological Movement in those areas.
BASD is closely working with Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Networks (C-MAN) for promotion of Ecovillage and Permaculture Design in different districts of the country.

For more information, please contact the following person

Boniface S. Gomes
Executive Director
Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD)

Address: House-110, Monipuripara, Dhaka-1215. Bangladesh
Phone: +88 02 9102326, Cell: +88 01713451849
E-mail: bsgomes52@gmail.com, basdbd91@gmail.com
Website: www.basd-bd.org
Facebook: BASD
Skype- boniface.gomes1