RDRS in brief


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 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 governed by a Board of Trustees comprising leading actors from the humanitarian sector in Bangladesh. Its programs run by a Management Committee consisted of  senior staff members. Regular co-ordination meetings are held involving management and supervisory staff from across RDRS.

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RDRS Bangladesh is registered under NGO Affairs Bureau. Its registration number is 003; and registration date is 22 April 1981 with renewal on 15 May 2015.


RDRS is now a major multisectoral development agency focused on disadvantaged northwest Bangladesh. It provides development opportunities and services to 3,720,458 landless and marginal families in 15 districts, and work with 385 community-based organizations (Federations) seeking to empower their grassroots members. RDRS maintains a staffing of over 3,000, over 90% of whom are field-based.



RDRS Working Area and Program Coverage

Working Area 24,376 sq. Km
Districts 15 (of 64 nationwide)
Upazilas (sub-districts) 93 (of 490 nationwide )
Unions 683 (of 4,451 nationwide)
Population of Working Area 25 million (of 156 million)
Program Participants 3,720,458 (85% female)
Groups 30,000
Federations 385


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