RDRS Bangladesh is a national development NGO works for rural development by empowering the rural poor in northwest Bangladesh. RDRS was formally established as the Bangladesh field program of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) on 8 February 1972. 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. RDRS employees approximate 3,700 staff and works with a further approximately 1,000 volunteers and daily paid workers. The vast majority of staff are in field positions, with specialist sectoral and support units in Rangpur and Dhaka.
প্রতিষ্ঠানের নাম: RDRS Bangladesh
পদের নাম: Loan Officer (ME), Experienced & Non-experienced
পদ সংখ্যা: নির্দিষ্ট নয়
কর্মস্থল: Brahmanbaria, Chuadanga
বেতন: Tk. 22939 (Monthly)
আবেদন করার শেষ তারিখ: ১৫ নভেম্বর ২০২১
Address : RDRS Bangladesh, House no.43, Road no. 10, Sector 6, Uttara, Dhaka
Web : www.rdrsbangladesh.org
Origins of RDRS
RDRS came into being at the time of Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971. Set up by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Geneva to help refugees fleeing conflict across the border, it returned with them after liberation to carry out much-needed rehabilitation in the devastated and long-neglected northwest – greater Rangpur – Dinajpur Districts.
In 1976, a sectoral development programme was launched to assist the poorest in agriculture, community development, health and women’s economic activities. Construction of roads, bridges, markets and schools continued.
During these years, RDRS was the leading non-governmental organisation in the northwest. It is also credited with introducing many major innovations: the treadle pump (its most famous invention, allowing crops to be grown in winter); wheat production and other crop diversification; vegetable gardens; and, women’s advancement.
By the late 1980s, an integrated comprehensive programme superseded its sectoral work, focused on conscientisation and group organisation of the poor, emphasizing social, educational and economic elements. Physical infrastructure development continued under the Rural Works Project.
Since then, RDRS successes have included the ‘greening the north’ through its roadside and homestead tree plantation programme; improving life on the chars (river islands on the Brahmaputra); raising awareness of women’s rights; promoting savings, credit and skills training to improve the livelihoods of the poor and, the emergence of Union Federations – self-managed people’s organisations of the rural poor.
The RDRS programme continues to evolve and innovate. Current realities mean the programme now comprises a range of various projects and financing, large and small, which all contribute to a common objective.