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RDRS Bangladesh
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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.


  • Compassion.
  • Long-standing commitment to empowerment.
  • Equality and participation.
  • Integrity, dedication, and professionalism.
  • Responsibility, accountability and transparency.



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.   

Past projects (1)
Group of project participants at the launch of the project in Cambodia, holding signs saying We care, we act

EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks

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