Interview of NPF Members
Md. Monsur Ahmed
Adhikar Samaj Kallayan Sangstha
"Build a nation free of exploitation and poverty; ensure equality, good governance, rights and a friendly environment for all. "
What is Adhikar Samaj Kallayan Sangstha?
Adhikar Samaj Kallayan Sangstha (ASKS) a non-profit and non-political voluntary development organization formally came into being in 2001 and obtained registration with the Department of Social Welfare 2001. It is founded and run by a group of dedicated social workers, committed professionals, multi-disciplinary experts and the representatives of the target groups.
ASKS started its functioning in a remote union of pabna district named Sadullapur Dublia situated in the catchments of the mighty river “Padma”. The area is also characterized by acute poverty, malnutrition, lack of literacy, floods, river erosion, and loss of habitat and decrease in agricultural land by recurring floods The key objective of ASKS is to strengthen capacity of the targeted project participants (beneficiaries) and create scope for bringing them in the main stream of development. At present ASKS has been implementing 07(seven) different programme/projects and its working area covers Pabna Sadar Upazila and Sujanagar Upazila in Pabna districts. ASKS always give emphasize on human rights, good governance and gender equality. Through its dedicated efforts for more than Twenty two yeras, now ASKS has become the symbol of hope for the poor people it serves and hopes to continue this work as long as it is needed.
ASKS is working for promoting people’s dignity throuth economic development, participation and equality by utilizing the potentials of the poor especially women, children and handicapped; ASKS is dedicated to ensure poor peoples access to services for better life and livelihoods establishing justice, good governance and eco-friendly atmosphere for all.
Goal: Improve living standard and establish rights of the poor people towards achieving National Developmental Goals.
- Raise awareness, build capacity and develop skill human resources
- Create employment opportunities, income generation and improve livelihoods
- Enhance poor people’s participation in development initiatives
- Enhance poor people’s resilience capacity to cope with local disasters
- Increase poor people’s access to basic rights, information and services
- Provide advocacy and legal supports to the poor and distressed women
- Promote human rights, good governance and gender equality practices
When and why did you join A-PAD Bangladesh NPF?
At the NGO Coordination meeting CIS introduced themselves and their activity. At that meeting CIS explained about their activity regarding NPF and want to make national platform with the local NGO for working on disaster management. ASKS are interested in working on disaster. ASKS signed MOU with the CIS on 25 November 2020 at the international symposium.
What is the benefit of NPF members?
As a NPF members we got training on Disaster management and attend public private partnership seminar. At that seminar participants from different sector had joined and easy to communicate with different sector. It was a great experience for us joining the international symposium where we met Govt. officials in Bangladesh.
Tell me about your memorable experience of Disaster Management.
At the public private partnership seminar we shared problem on disasters at our areas. CIS came to that area to identify and work on it. We didn’t expect that CIS response too fast which was unexpected.
What is the current problem of Disaster Management in your country?
Lack of collaboration, communication, and resources.
What do you want to do as a member of A-PAD in the future?
As a member of A-PAD we want collaboration during disaster in future.