Uttaran started it’s development intervention to uphold the rights of the poor and underprivileged in 1985 from Jatpur village of Tala upazila under Satkhira district.  Uttaran, which means ‘transition’, in Bangla language, is a people centered organization using a rights based approach to alleviate poverty, diversify livelihood opportunities and empower poor communities throughout the southwest region and gradually expanding to other parts of Bangladesh.  Uttaran is one of the largest not-for-profit organisation in the south-western region of Bangladesh; working for last 30 years in the most inaccessible and vulnerable 42  Upazilas. Currently, implementing 24 projects directly and also in partnership with 9 local NGOs, receiving funding from a number of donors projects including UKAID, World Bank, WFP, European Union and also partnering with number of international organizations. In 2015-2016, with an annual expenditure of BDT. 883,582,407 benefits nearly 198,523 households. Through a network of 34 offices, one training centre with well-developed communications and operating procedures and 966 experienced & highly qualified staff. Uttaran has strong credibility among communities and with the GoB, also secure a lead role in civil society organizations in Bangladesh. Uttaran maintains professional and automated financial systems to track all budgets; a fully staffed internal audit section; and possesses a strong Monitoring and Evaluation system collecting demographic information on all project beneficiaries, as well as their participation in project activities.


A society with gender, class and caste equality.


Equip the disadvantaged people with the tools needed to deal with their social, environmental, health, economic and cultural issues and concerns.


  • Eradicate poverty by creating enabling environment for income, asset base for the poor
  • Promote environment friendly sustainable agricultural practices
  • Ensure education, health services to the underprivileged and extreme poor
  • Ensure people’s participation and good governance
  • Ensure quality of life in time of natural and artificially created disaster
  • Promote equality, human rights and social justice


  • Organization and capacity building for the poor
  • Ensure sustainable livelihood practices for women and poor
  • Ensure women and poor’s entitlement to social services (education, health, safety net)
  • Raising voice, influence and agency of poor through advocacy, campaigns, lobbying and networking
  • Mainstreaming of rights, gender and inclusion issues
  • Building pro poor partnership
  • Result Based Management (RBM) practices


  • Accountability and transparency
  • Non-discrimination and mutual respect
  • Gender equality
  • Commitment
  • Team spirit
  • Creativity
  • Conservation of resource


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