Uttara Development Program Society(UDPS) a national NGO, has been working for socio-economic development of the rural and urban poor through implementation of different employment and income generation activities like agricultural, food security, livelihood, social development and microcredit activities since its origin in 1986. HIV/AIDS/Trafficking women and children, Risk reduction program, Ultra-poor program, rural and urban microcredit program, Agriculture, livestock ,fishery and other natural resources program, education, health and nutrition, water supply and sanitation, climate change and disaster management are the major programs of UDPS. It has also been implementing collaborative projects on agricultural, natural resources management, food security, market linkage, livelihood development, health, nutrition, water supply and sanitation programs in partnership with donors, Government of Bangladesh(GOB), International and national NGOs. Till to date about 45 projects have been implemented by UDPS in joint collaboration with various organizations.
Documentation of legal status of the organization:
UDPS has been registered with the following registration authorities of the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh:
|Sl. No.||Registration Authority||Registration Number||Registration date||Last renewed|
|1||NGO Affairs Bureau, Government of Bangladesh(GOB)||436||28.01.1991||Renewed on 18.05.2011 for 5 years|
|2||Ministry of Social Welfare (Directorate of Social Welfare Department, GOB)||Thak-297/2014||17.11.1988||08.12.2014|
|3||Joint Stock Companies, GOB||S-2751(164)/2002||21.04.2002|
|4||Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA),GOB||03747-00981-0085||01.01.2008|
|5||Commissioner of Taxes, Taxes Circle-101(Company),Taxes Zone-5, Dhaka||E.TIN No.
|6||Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Excise and VAT Registration Office, Mohammadpur, Dhaka||No.17071046812, Area Code 170201||14.08.2012|
- Organizational Management:
To ensure good governance and program sustainable, UDPS has two governance and management bodies one is Executive Committee (EC) and other one is General Committee (GC). The Executive Committee is consisting of 07 members while the General Committee consists of 14 members. The Executive Committee meeting convents minimum 4 times whiles the General Committee convents once in a fiscal year. The members of the Executive Committee are elected by the General Committee to serve for 3 years term. The Executive Committee makes the policy related decision and exercise duties which considered appropriate to achieve the organization’s mission, vision, objectives and goal. The General Committee oversees the policy and decision that taken by the Executive Committee (EC). The Chief Executive, is the head of the organization and manages the overall implementation of the day to day operational activities of the organization and accountable to Executive Committee.
The Chief executive is assisted by a team of senior management comprising of Deputy Executive Director, one Director(Operation), three Deputy Directors(Admin, Operation and Finance), one Chief Co-coordinator and 6(six) Zonal Managers(Operation) who provide strategic planning, policy guidelines, supervision and necessary guidance. The mid level management comprising of Area managers, are responsible for monitoring of field activities. The branch managers, program/project coordinators and other staff are implementing day to day program activities at the field level. An organogram of the organization is enclosed.
The vision of UDPS is to build Bangladesh through socio-economic development and sustainable cultural status, environment friendly, based on justice, free from exploitation and discrimination. Consequently, the Institution will be working relentlessly for the improvement of lifestyle of the poor, marginalized farmers and the people lagging behind in the society through socio-economic development.
Mission: Socio-economic development of rural and urban poor of men and women, adolescent, children, disabled, unemployed youth and disaster affected mass people through an extensive and intensive participatory development process.
- Bring both rural and urban poor specially women, children and adolescents out of extreme poverty and make them self-reliant through implementing humanitarian socio-economic development projects and providing financial assistance with diversified microcredit programs to supplement the government efforts for poverty alleviation in Bangladesh.
- Emancipate the groups or community people from exploitation through raising their self-respect and self-confidence. To make self-reliant of the poor and destitute people especially the lagging behind women children and adolescents of the society through socio-economic development of the society.
- Inspiring especially the farms’ laborers, farmers and women for socio-economic development of the society through participatory way of development. To implement need based program activities to emancipate them from social exploitation, oppression, creating job opportunities for unemployment and enhancing their ability through providing training and raising awareness.
- Inspiring the women and men to bring gender equity in the society through providing training and arranging educational programs and organizing meeting and seminars. To raise ability and capacity so as to enable them to evaluate themselves and participate in the social development works on equal partnership of men and women. To create mass awareness to combat against the women and child repression and trafficking.
- Imparting training to the poor men and women relating to life based issues, environment, sewerage and sanitation, social aforestation and healthcare and inspire them to live in healthy environment.
- Awakening the youths for building nation and society, create job opportunities for unemployed youths and young women, and imbue with the voluntary mentality among the younger generations for development.
- Motivate the underprivileged and lagged behind aborigine people and tribal society of the country to participate into the development activities and to create opportunities through implementing different programs for their education and employment opportunities. Protect their traditional culture and wake up their self-respect through publishing research books on their culture and lifestyle.
- Implement programs for the welfare of the disabled, crippled handicapped men, women and children of the society and inspire them to take part in the development activities. To extend cooperation and support services for protecting their legitimate right to live with dignity and honor in the society.
- Ensure healthcare services to the drug-addicted and establishing centers for their treatment and create opportunities to rehabilitate them in the society as healthy citizen after their recovery from addiction.
- To take and implement program activities for the poor children for development of their natural growth and arrange opportunities streamlining the dropped out children in the school again. Eradication of hazardous child labor, taking appropriate measures to prevent trafficking of women and children and extend all out support to the government, national and international organizations working on these .
Target people and beneficiaries:
UDPS target people and beneficiaries are from rural, urban, cities slums and char areas those are poor, helpless, lagged behind people, marginal farmers and micro-entrepreneurs especially poor women. Total members:53,674, Loan beneficiaries: 44,623 (Male:0 + Female: 44,623), Project beneficiaries: 52,728 poor households.
UDPS has expanded its program activities in implementing different humanitarian Social Development Programs and operating diversified Microcredit activities in 97 Upazilas, 613 Union + Municipality and 2,222 Villages of 21 Districts with 100 branch offices all over the country. The districts are Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Naogaon, Joypurhat, Bogra, Natore, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabgonj, Sirajgonj, Pabna, Gazipur, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Noakhali and Chittagong.
List of main projects implemented over the last 5 years:
|Sl||Name of the project||Duration||Donors||Working Area||Beneficiaries-House Holds(HH)||Budget in Tk(Crore)|
|1||Integrated interventions against drought for community empowerment under CCCP of PKSF||Jan,2014 to Sept,2016||World Bank/PKSF||Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi District||2150 HH||2.26|
|2||Nodi-O-Jibon-II Project||2011-2016||Concern Worldwide-Bangladesh/Irish aid||Godagari of Rajshahi||1560 Exteme poor HH||1.55|
|3||Nodi-O-Jibon-II Project||August, 2011 to June 2016||Concern Worldwide-Bangladesh/Irish aid||Sadar of Lalmonirhat||1500 Exteme poor HH||1.49
|4||Pathways from Poverty: Building Economic Empowerment & Resilience for Extreme Poor Households in Riverine areas of Bangladesh”(PFP)||April, 2009 to December, 2015||DFID/SHIREE/PAB||Rangpur and Kurigram||3950 HH||10.02|
|5||Integration of Nutrition Component Under Pathways from Poverty (PFP); Phase-II||DFID/SHIREE/PAB||Rangpur and Kurigram||7264 HH||1.96|
|6||Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capacities of Poor Households Towards Elimination of their Poverty-ENRICH or ‘Samriddi’||July 2014 (Continued)||PKSF||Raigonj of Sirajgonj District||10,324 HH||3.31|
|7||Water Efficiency for Scaling up Sandbar Cropping through a market based approach (USAID SWFF Project)||Oct.2014 to Sept.2017||USAID/PAB||Rangpur and Kurigram||1,000 HH||0.60|
|8||Recovery efforts for food security & livelihoods for flood affected people in North-West Flood||April, 2015 to September 2015||ECHO/NARI/CWWB||Sariakandi Upazila of Bogra District||2,186 HH||2.07|
|9||Development of Distressed Women under VGD (Development Package for Women Beneficiaries)||March 2015 to t December 2016||Ministry of Women and Children Affairs /DWA||Birgonj Upazila of Dinajpur District||2,077 HH||0.17|
|10||Improved Cook-Stoves (ICS) Program||January 2014 to December 2017||IDCOL||Sirajgonj and Dinajpur District||9,000 ICS will be installed and supplied||1.12|
|11||Early Recovery Efforts to Flood Affected People to Meet Their Immediate Basic Needs||October to December 2014||ECHO/Ukaid/NARI/CWWB||Sariakandi Upazila of Bogra District||620 HH||0.58|
List of completed Projects during last 5 years:
|Sl||Name of the project||Donors||Working Area||Beneficiaries
|1||Sanitation, Hygiene, Education and Water Supply||UNICEF/
|Sadar Upazila of Chapai Nawabganj.||70,298 Families
|2||Mainstreaming Livelihood Centered Approaches to Disaster Management||DFID/
|Sariakandi Upazila of Bogra district||Established 45 families.
|3||Adarsha Gram Project-II||EC/GOB||Khansama,Fulbari and Nawabganj upazila of Dinajpur district and Gangachara upazila of Rangpur district.||Adarsha Gram-7 Nos.
|4||Housing Fund (Greehayan Tahabil)||Bangladesh Bank||Birgonj, Fulbari and Chapai Nawabgonj||Cluster Housing for 262 Families||1999-
|5||Basic Education for Hard to Reach Urban Working Children (BEHTRUWC), Dhaka Stage-1,2, 3 & 4||UNICEF/CIDA/
|Ward No.3,4,13,14,15, 16, 38 & 42 under Dhaka City Corporation through 300 learning centers.||Total learners
|6||Post Literacy and Continuing Education for Human Development (PLCEHD-1 & II)||World Bank/ GOB||Narayangonj Sadar Upazila through 68 Learning Centers||68 Centers &
2,040 Learners in each year
|7||Nodi-O-Jibon (River and Life) Project-I||Concern Worldwide- Bangladesh/Irish Aid||Bera of Pabna and Sadar, Lalmonirhat||3,300 Families, 16,620 Members||2006-2010||3.14|
|8||Participatory Livestock Development Project (PLDP-II)||ADB/PKSF||Dinajpur, Rangpur, Natore, Chapai Nawabgonj, Sirajganj Panchbibi and Pabna district.||56763 HH.||2004-
|9||Vulnerable Group Development for Ultra Poor (VGDUP)||EC/DWA/RIC||Fulchari of Gaibandha, Kawnia of Rangpur and Dimla of Nilphamari District.||6,600 VGD Women||2009-2011||0.53|
|10||Dissemination of Improved Cook Stoves (Bandhu Chula)||GTZ||Chapai Nawabgonj||2,800
|11||Participatory Livestock Development Project (PLDP-II)||ADB/PKSF||Dinajpur, Rangpur, Natore, Chapai Nawabgonj, Panchbibi, Sirajgonj and Pabna district.||56,673
|12||Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihood (FoSHoL)||EC/Care- Bangladesh||Godagari and Tanore Upazila of Rajshahi.||13,275 HH||2005-2009||1.15|