Established in 1972 to assist with relief and rehabilitation of greater Rangpur-Dinajpur region immediately following the War of Independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the RDRS program evolved into a sectoral then comprehensive effort. Formerly the Bangladesh field program of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service, RDRS Bangladesh became a national development organization in 1997.
A just and peaceful society where citizens live in dignity, freed from poverty, distress and ignorance in a sustainable environment.
RDRS works with the poor and their organizations in order to build their capacity to advance their empowerment; create resilience to withstand adversity; and improve access to opportunities for the poor to realize decent lives free from poverty and distress.
RDRS is now a major multisectoral development organization focused on disadvantaged northwest Bangladesh. It provides development opportunities and services to 3.7 Million landless and marginal families in 15 districts, and work with 385 community-based organizations (Federations) seeking to empower their grassroots members.
RDRS covers the field of social organization, women’s empowerment, education & training, health, agriculture & food security, climate change adaptation & mitigation, environment & disaster preparedness, emergency response, improving livelihoods of char (sandbar island) dwellers & indigenous people and Microfinance with a vision to see the disadvantaged people living in a just and peaceful society.