About us

Welcome to DORP

Development Organisation of the Rural Poor-DORP a national Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has been working in the development field for more than 2 decades in Bangladesh. The experiences of the organisation are not confined to specific field, rather diverse in action. The pioneer and founder of the organisation is the first generation development activist in the country, along-with his companions who have also long experience in different areas of development.

In 1970, just before the liberation war of Bangladesh, a devastating cyclone caused havoc and about 1 million people died in the coastal area. During that time some youths of Ramgati Thana under Laksmipur district (one of the severely cyclone affected areas) were organised to help the victims through relief and rehabilitation program. After completion of the works, it was realised that relief could only solve the immediate problems of the affected people but much more is needed for self reliance. Based on this realization, they started a cooperative movement ensuring the participation of the affected people under the name of Ramgati Central Cooperative Association. After starting the work, a new concept about rehabilitation was drawn in the minds of the organisers in the frame of creation and development of Cluster Village. The World Bank Christmas Party Fund supported the program under the name of Gram Bishaw and that was the ever first Cluster Village in the country set up at Ramgati, during 1970-71.

Thus, the present Chief Executive and Founder of DORP, AHM Nouman was directly involved in relief and rehabilitation program and Bishwa Gram project as a pioneer and architect. Later on, realizing the importance and indispensability of self-help and self-reliance in promoting the sustainable development, he along with a few other pioneers, established the well-known Swanirvar Bangladesh, one of the leading self-reliance promoting NGO of the country. Working with this mission for a long time, they realised the change of social and economic situation of the country and felt to transform development sector through bottom-up approach , while people from rural areas of the country were the focal group of development. Eventually, in 1987, AHM Nouman with other like-minded professional rural development actors established DORP for achieving sustainable development through self-reliance.

Thus, DORP became an organisation of a set of social workers with adequate educational and technical expertise including grass root people, with local level experiences in the areas of integrated development. Its participatory approach was method of practice from the very beginning of the organisation. In DORP’s evolution process,it has experimented out various approaches and undertaken some action-oriented research to identify direction of its programs with active participation of people specially the poor, women and riverine belt inhabitants as program partners.

More about us

We work with the poor, particularly with the women, Children and excluded communities, for bringing a positive shift in their socio-economic condition. Our role is to develop and promote sustainable models of capacity strengthening and facilitating people’s access to necessary inputs..

A poverty free society, where all the deprived individuals become self-propelled in realizing their potentials and enjoy their rights with dignity.

Major objectives of DORP are as follows:
» 1. To reduce poverty
» 2. To empower the poor socially and economically
» 3. To resist/ thwart environmental degradation
» 4. To promote human rights and social justice

» 1. Human Resource Management Policy
» 2. Financial Policy
» 3. Procurement Policy
» 4. Gender and Social inclusion Policy
» 5. Micro-credit Policy
» 6. Fringe Benefit Policy
» 7. Child Safeguard Policy

Strategic Themes/Our Expertise

Four (4) themes Under the Strategic plan 2016-2020

Network Alliance

DORP is Member of
Fresswater Action Network South Asia-FANSA BD
Water Supply & Sanitation Collaboration Council-WSSCC
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance-SuSaNa
International Water Association-IWA
Bangladesh WASH Alliance-BWA
Sanitation and Water for All
Bangladesh Water Integrity Network-BAWIN
End Water Poverty-EWP
Menstrual Hygiene Management-MHM