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About RDRS

RDRS was established as the Bangladesh field programme of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) in February 1972 to provide relief, rehabilitation, and development assistance to the war-affected people in northwest Bangladesh. In 1997, RDRS was localised and registered under the Trust Act as a national NGO in Bangladesh. The organisation is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau in Bangladesh and Microcredit Regulatory Authority, and is governed by a Board of Trustees.


A just and peaceful society where citizens live in dignity, free from poverty, distress, and ignorance in a sustainable environment.


RDRS works with disadvantaged and marginalized communities and their organizations to empower them, make them resilient, and ensure sustainable improvements in their lives with dignity.

Core Values

  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability

Our Services

Mainstream Programs and Priorities

Civil Empowerment

Since Late 1990’s,RDRS’ has been facilitating the formation of CBOs at the union level which is known as Union Federation is a unique platform of the rural poor to come together to take charge of their own development and empowerment.

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Quality of Life

RDRS Bangladesh has given special emphasis on health and education sector in all its working area to improve the quality of life of the marginalized people.

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Food Security, Environment and Climate Change

RDRS’ food and nutrition security programme works with farmers’ communities to increase agricultural productivity and profitability by adoption of sustainable and climate resilient agricultural practices.

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Microfinance Program

RDRS operates its microfinance programme to create employment opportunities and provide income-generating support to poor and disadvantaged people. The programme puts particular emphasis on women and the minority segment of society.

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