Development Organisation of the Rural Poor-DORP, a national Non-Government Organization (NGO) established in 1987, has been working in the field of development in different parts of Bangladesh. It came into being in the wake of the devastating 1970 cyclone in the coastal belt of Bangladesh with the objective of helping the affected people rise from the battered condition. In the DORP evolution process, it has experimented various approaches and carried out some action-oriented research with a view to identify directions of its programs with active participation of rural people as program partners. DORP is being run by a three-step macro management system under a three-member Advisory Body, a General Body of Twenty Two members and an Executive Committee of seven members. The pioneer and founder of the DORP, A H M Nouman belongs to the first generation development activist of the country
DORP maintains transparency and accountability in overall activities. Every year, it holds Annual General Meeting (AGM) regularly. DORP has a good management and a sound accounts system. It is accountable to the regulatory authorities. DORP is registered with the Department of Social Services, where its registration number is: Dhaka– 02499, dated 22-10-90. It is also registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau with the registration no. FDR– 682, dated 02-02-93, and under the Societies Registration Act, it is registered with the registration no. S–2787(200)/2002, dated 30-05-2002, and lastly, it is registered with the Micro Credit Regulatory Authority where its registration no. is: 01795-01411-00185, Dated: 25-03-2008. Permitted area of its operation is entire Bangladesh as approved by the Department of Social Services of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Registrations with above mentioned regulatory authorities constitute the legal basis of DORP.
Coverage (Area and People)
Currently DORP’s activities are spread over 3000 villages of 54 Upazilas (sub-district) under 20 Districts, and approximately 2 million men, women and children of 4,00,000 households are receiving support services from 11 DORP projects. DORP operates its project activities from its central office at Dhaka known as the DORP HOME and assisted by 63 field offices manned by 450 staffs (310 male and 140 female) and 1040 volunteers. DORP offices are well equipped with modern office machineries. DORP operates its various inititives through following 3 divisions:
» Program, Planning and Implementation (PPI) Division
» HR Management, Finance and Accounts (MFA) Division
» Research, Evaluation and Monitoring (REM) Division
A poverty free society, where all the deprived individuals become self-propelled in realizing their potentials and enjoy their rights with dignity.
They work with the poor, particularly with the women, children and excluded communities, for bringing a positive shift in their socio-economic condition. Their role is to develop and promote sustainable models of capacity strengthening and facilitating people’s access to necessary inputs.
Major objectives of DORP are as follows:
To reduce poverty
To empower the poor socially and economically
To resist/ thwart environmental degradation
To promote human rights and social justice
Areas of Expertise
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Willingness to work with the deprived women, children and people of the coastal and riverine regions, comprising of ethnic and religious minorities, people with pro-active attitude, non-violent social action, gender sensitivity, human dignity, recognizing good works at all levels and mutual respect, commitment, cooperation, discipline, team work, transparency, accountability, secular outlook, cost-consciousness and participatory approach constitute DORP’s core values.
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