ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT IN BANGLADESH [ASEAB] emerged in 1993 with a dream to bring qualitative changes in the life of the people living in chars. While the char people as a whole are the principal victims of river erosion, floods and other natural calamities, the women, children and physically challenged people are the most vulnerable and marginalized and they are at the heart of ASEABís programmatic interventions. ASEAB in the beginning of its journey selected the vast charlands in the catchments of the mighty rivers Padma and Jamuna in the Pabna district as its working areas. Its headquarters is situated in Bharara union, one of the highly inaccessible char areas, under the Sadar Upazilla of Pabna. Presently ASEAB stretches its working areas to many other districts of the country.

Since the inception ASEAB has been striving hard to contribute to establishing an egalitarian society based on the fundamental values of justice and equity. ASEAB strongly believes that the root causes of injustice and underdevelopment have to be captured, and the national development strategies must address the issues of the poor to halt the perpetuity of poverty and injustices in the society. While the world in general and Bangladesh in particular registered significant progress in past years, yet poverty goes unabated.

Moreover, climate change due to imprudent interventions in environment has been a serious concern both nationally and internationally. The principal reason for it is the lack of representation of the poor people in the development policies of the countries. Thus, it is arguably the need of the time that the marginalized and poor communities steer the development strategies ensuring national ownership to make them pro-poor and environment friendly. ASEABís interventions are geared to promoting the development agendas of the poor people. ASEAB is a trust registered under the Trust Act. It is also registered with the governmentís NGO Affairs Bureau and the Micro-credit Regulatory Authority.


ASEABís efforts and interventions are dedicated to establishing such a welfare society where political, social, economic, environmental, cultural and moral rights of the people are realized.


ASEAB strives for bringing qualitative changes in the life of the poor people particularly the vulnerable and marginalized segments such as the women, children and the physically challenged people, and removing discrimination and injustices from the society.

Core Values

ASEAB abides by the following principal values in its programs and plans.
  • Achieving the satisfaction of the Creator by serving the humanity.
  • Ensuring the right to participation in development process of the marginalized people.
  • Promoting the culture of good governance particularly accountability and transparency in all activities of the organization.
  • Upholding the values of mutual respect and cooperation.
  • Ensuring inclusive development approach i.e. delivering services based on justice and equity irrespective of color, religion, ethnicity and sex.
  • Ensuring participatory decision-making process.
  • Encouraging and practicing higher moral values at all levels of the organization and abstaining from activities regarded as socially and culturally immoral and practices that pose threat to public health such as smoking, drug use.

Program And Policy Strategy

  • Searching the root causes of poverty and deprivation and undertaking actions to address them
  • Giving priority to the development needs of the hardcore poor
  • Ensuring local ownership over policy formulation and policy implementation process.
  • Using local resources and indigenous knowledge as social capital
  • Giving preference to remote and inaccessible areas while selecting project areas.
  • Maintaining gender equity
  • Ensuring environmental protection in development strategies
  • Providing software [such as training, capacity building interventions etc. to bring change in mindset for development] before hardware [input support] to build constituency for development in community
  • Focusing on result orientation of program interventions

Monitoring And Evaluation Approach

ASEAB follows participatory approaches to conducting monitoring and evaluation of its projects and programs. Projects get started only after baseline surveys are done. Indicators are set to monitor the progress while tools and format prepared for reporting. Inputs, programs and outputs are evaluated to realize the objectives of projects or programs. Staffs are monitored through monthly meetings and progress monitoring workshops.