Established as a non-government organisation in 1981, Resource Integration Centre (RIC) was founded by a group of distinguished social workers eager to support national development efforts in Bangladesh. Commencing operation with a relief, rehabilitation and financial support program for rural women, RIC developed a traditional focus on rural sector development, targeting, in particular, women. Since that time, through innovation, dedication and hard work, RIC has been able to progress and diversify; to become a national-level NGO active across the country and in many development areas.
RIC is currently active in 40 districts, encompassing both rural and urban areas of the country, and has successfully implemented development projects involving wide-ranging development aims: from disaster risk reduction to the provision of non-formal education to working children. In particular, RIC is at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of elderly people in Bangladesh, with few other NGOs designing targeted programmes to recognise the talents and particular needs of this often vulnerable group. The organisation’s success can be attributed to the commitment of its management and staff to a process of continual improvement, and the ability of the organisation to adapt to changes within society and the development sector in pursuit of implementing world’s best practice standards in all its operations.
Today, RIC has thousands of employees and is able to mobilise many more volunteers to achieve development goals; from the isolated islands of the Bay of Bengal to poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the heart of the capital city, RIC has established a solid reputation based on the achievement of tangible development outcomes. Working together with minority ethnic groups, working children and their guardians, the poor, the landless or the elderly, to name a few of the groups their projects have assisted; and through the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships with all levels of government, donor agencies, other NGOs and stakeholders, RIC has been able to realise its goal of facilitating development for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.
RIC has been registered with the concern authority of Bangladesh Government to carry out its functions among the poor and vulnerable community people of Bangladesh. RIC initially registered with the department of Social Welfare and subsequently registered with NGO affairs Bureau to deal with foreign funding and Micro credit Regulatory authority for operating micro- credit and also registered with the NBR as per the provision of income tax ordinance 1984.