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Programme participants

RDRS reaches some over million rural dwellers through its various development interventions. RDRS presently works with 1,940,785 rural poor of 15 districts in Bangladesh. Its development aim is to achieve sustainable increases in their living standards. With this aim, RDRS enables those who participate in its program to gain the necessary skills, understanding, confidence, institutions and services; and ensure that the rural communities have the necessary economic, social and environmental resources.

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Focus Groups :

In its program, RDRS applys these priorities with a continuing focus on the rural poor, marginalized and disenfranchised, with some engagement with urban slum dwellers in regional towns.   We work with two main categories:

  • Minorities : excluded and marginalized groups (eg, ultra-poor, indigenous, char/riverine communities, disabled, selected discriminated-against urban poor (slum dwellers, sweeper community etc).
  • Majorities : landless and near-landless/marginal farmers, climate change-affected people, small farmers, health service users.

Particular focus in all categories on :

  • Women
  • Youth (with special focus on adolescents), and children
  • Community-based organizations of the focus groups (groups, committees, Federations, CBOs, CSOs (including professional fora)
  • Relevant civil society groupings and, indirectly, government at district, regional national and international level

Geographic Focus :

  • Continued focus on the deprived Northern region (including the entire newly-established Rangpur Division in the northwest, and selected north-eastern districts)
  • Within these regions, where opportunities and feasibility permit:
  • To focus on remoter, marginalized and underserved communities.
  • To engage with urban poor communities in regional towns, as opportunities permit.
  • Limited, selective geographic extension of work primarily to other areas with similar contexts and circumstances (eg, chars, barind tract, ethnic or other disadvantaged communities such as refugees, hill tracts) in order to replicate proven approaches or test new ideas.

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