What is Association of Development for Economic & Social Help (ADESH)?

Association of Development for Economic & Social Help (ADESH) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to build an equitable society through the improvement of skills of the poor and destitute community people in Bangladesh. Founded in 1988 by Subrato Dey, Yeakub Nabi and Benoy Goswami to increase the socio-economic condition of the vulnerable people in its working area. Its operational headquarters are located in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


 What Kind of Institution as ADESH?

ADESH is a social welfare organization. Registered under the Directorate of Social welfare, no: DH-02552, Dated 30.03.1991, NGO affairs Bureau, no: DSS/FDO-R-595, Dated 03.02.1992 and Micro credit regulatory authority no: 0091-00396-00079, Dated: 29.11.07. It has been administrated by three individual bodies. There is a general members body consists of 31 members in total and among them male members are 20 and female members are 11. This body is the superior of any institutional decision making process. The general body members elect an Executive Board for every two years. ADESH Executive Board is consists of 9 members in total and among them 6 are male and 3 are female members. The Executive Board assigns an Executive Director for the transparent running of the organization. In the program implementation level, Executive Director assigns the individual staffs for offices and fields. 


What are the approaches of ADESH?

Improve the socio economic condition of women through increasing Gender Equality and Dignity with the development of income generating activities by Micro Credit facilities. Integrating the situation of differently able children with the normal children in Prodip School Initiatives. Providing Water and Sanitation assistance to Increase the basic of health condition of community people. Enlarging accommodation of poor and homeless people by building Construction & rehabilitation along with emergency management for better response in any sudden onset disaster.


How many people does ADESH help each year?

In general ADESH provides support mainly to its group members who are the right holders of the project and also provides assistance to different stakeholders too. Moreover ADESH helps almost twenty five thousand people in each year.


What does ADESH do in their working area?

Currently ADESH is working in 71 villages of 7 unions in Savar Upazilla of Dhaka District in Bangladesh. In the fiscal year of 2011 - 2012 ADESH have directly conducted and also supportively assisted Gender Equality and Dignity programs, Micro Credit programs, “PRODIP” School Initiatives, infrastructure development programs, public health improvement programs, urban Health Care programs, biodiversity and wildlife improvement programs.


What is ADESH future vision?

During recent years, population dynamics, new economic growth, and climate change have occurred so intensely and so rapidly in the Bangladesh that traditional and balanced adaptations mechanisms are losing their efficacy. The vast ice reserve that is the earth’s ‘third pole’ is in peril. Accelerated glacial melting and environmental degradation threaten the condition of Bangladesh geographically, economically, anthropologically and biologically. The once self sufficient people of this region now face dire economic poverty. As a result the women who are primary stakeholder to the environment becoming more vulnerable due to this phenomenon. There is an urgent need to investigate, to develop adaptation and coping mechanisms, and to prepare the communities and nations of the region to successfully manage the changes that are taking place so they can derive maximum benefits from their environment and minimize the risk of disasters. Stability and prosperity in this region have implications for all of Bangladesh and for the world. ADESH aims to contribute to upholding the treasure of diversity, exchange, and wealth that the environment in Bangladesh have to offer by building awareness within the region and in the world of the unique function that this country. ADESH aims to help preserve the legacy of the region for all mankind by gathering adequate knowledge and developing the necessary institutional capacity to highlight and promote the region’s unique potential for mitigation and to strengthen its people’s adaptation mechanisms.

7.Do you have to be a Christian to be an ADESH group member?

Any people from any religion can be a group member of ADESH

8.How are individual beneficiary selected?

Any Bangladeshi citizen who is 18 years old or more and having no criminal records can be group member of ADESH

9.Why use microfinance?

Microfinance, operated by ADESH, allows more families or individuals to increase their capacity and operating income generating activities. Microfinance is a global renowned system which was first introduced in Bangladesh.In line with Microfinance system ADESH also implement this system to improve the livelihood resources and livelihood practices of community people.

10.Does ADESH respond to disasters?

Across ADESH working region, it responds to natural and man-made disasters. ADESH focuses on working with local communities and governments to provide skill and human resource development support and solutions to those whose lives have been afflicted by catastrophe.

11.What is ADESH role in disaster mitigation and risk reduction?

ADESH is engaged not only to mitigate or reduce the devastating effect of a disaster, but also to protect dwellings and families from the effects of future calamities. This mitigation work takes the form of rebuilding to higher standards with quality materials and designs as well as strengthening the structures of existing homes, technical training, and educating families and communities how best to prepare for and respond to a disaster.   

12.Who are the volunteers for ADESH?

Anyone who can hold a hammer or a bucket or a spade is welcome. Build teams come from within Bangladesh and overseas, representing business corporations, churches, schools, universities, civic groups and other organizations. Individual volunteers can also contribute in disaster management roles such as leadership or one to one assistance.


What is “PRODIP School” of ADESH?

To protect the basic rights of differently able children, ADESH has started a different type of special program as educational initiative from 2007 by ADESH own fund by establishing Bridging schools named “PRODIP School” for the Disable children along with normal. Where these disable children will get proper education from these schools and healthy environment with normal children. In these schools disable and normal children will able to make understanding to each other and normal children will make positive attitude towards disable children. Disable children will get proper knowledge and devices as concerned, so that they will be technically and mentally fit to get admission in the Government school. ADESH networking and advocacy with GO’s and NGO’s will assist them in admission process. At the beginning ADESH was implementing its activities in two schools but having lack of fund one of the schools has been stopped but still another school is running successfully. ADESH have given different kinds of training to its school teacher and now they are teaching different kinds of differently able students properly.

14.What is ADESH Gender Programs?

ADESH gender program is a humanitarian initiative provided to both the right holders and stakeholders to create a gender balance society in its working area through ensuring equality in all spheres of their lives to achieve four major results included:

  • Result -1   Gender equality improved.
  • Result -2: Awareness and respect for human rights increased
  • Result -3   Actors working with civil society for strengthening democracy
  • Result -4: Improve access to Disaster Management & Environment sustainability.


How are donations distributed and used?

Association of Development for Economic & Social Help (ADESH) accepts designated donations or grants or loan in money and distributes or utilizes them in various social welfare programs with proper transparency and accountability according to the rules and regulation of respective authority of the Bangladesh government.



ADESH is established by few enthusiastic young people on 16th December 1988, the Victory Day of Bangladesh after a short informal meeting. The initiators attended in an informal meeting on the day at martyred intellectual mausoleum at Mirpur and discussed mainly on the socio-economic situation of the country. After a thorough discussion later a conclusion was through that a lot of works to be done to change the prevailing dead lock in the society and a massive upraise among people was necessary to share the fruit of development. From next March 1989, the founder members (Mr. Subrato Dey, Dr. Benoy Goswami & Mr. Yeakub Nabi) started small programs by their own initiatives. Later ADESH is registered with the Department of Social Services in 1991, with NGO Affairs Bureau in 1992 and renewed up to 2017 & Microcredit Regulatory Authority November 29, 2007.

Legal entity:

  1. Directorate of Social welfare: DH-02552, Dated 30.03.1991.
  2. NGO affairs Bureau: DSS/FDO-R-595, Dated 03.02.1992.
  3. Micro credit regulatory authority: No. 0091-00396-00079, Dated: 29.11.2007
  4. The European commission Authentication service (ECAS), PADOR: Europe Aid ID: BD-2009-BKD-1307578420
  5. UN: NGO Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  6. The Mix Market

The Association of Development for Economic & Social Help (ADESH) emerged in 1988 as a project of Gender Equality with funding from DIAKONIA. It was indigenized as a Non Government Organization (NGO) in 1991. In Bangladesh, ADESH campaigns for sustainable development of rural livelihoods, human resource, humanitarian response, economic empowerment, climate adaptation, leadership, rights and services for marginalized people, and also supports indigenous peoples’ development

ADESH high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. At present we are mostly focusing on the following major issues for broader development of our organizational beneficiaries and stakeholders

  1. Gender Equality
  2. Water & Sanitation
  3. Environment & Climate Change
  5. Primary Health & Hygiene
  6. Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights
  7. Bridging Education
  8. Institution Building & Micro Finance

latest news

  • 23 10-2013
    The evaluation of “Gender Equality & Dignity (GED)” project which is supported by DIAKONIA is going on at ADESH. Following the evaluation a day long programme has conducted by the evaluator; Muhammad Taher, F M Sarwar Hossain & Frances Hunt, visiting the different groups at the field and a workshop have took place at ADESH office with different level of staff.
  • 07 10-2013
    For the development process of Complain & Response Mechanism, ADESH have organized a day long discussion meeting at ADESH premises with its all level staff member to get important feedbacks on the draft policies and representatives from DIAKONIA were also present there.