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Gram Bikash Kendra-GBK is a local level non-profit development organization. GBK grew from a youth organization formed by a group of socially motivated young people. They had observed that large sectors of their community were being excluded from the mainstream economic and social development in post-liberation Bangladesh. In these circumstances, GBK was initiated to work as an enabling force to assist to address people’s need.
GBK has become a fully accredited NGO, working as an enabling force for vulnerable section of the community – particularly women, children and indigenous people. GBK continues to focus on achieving social change.
GBK has a team of committed and experienced staff who provides technical, agricultural, social and motivational assistance to the rural poor communities to enable them to meet their basic needs.
An educated, democratic and environmentally-aware society, which is free from poverty and exploitation, with equal rights, respect and dignity for all.
To work for positive change for the people of northwest (old Rajshahi division) Bangladesh, who are deprived from their rights and opportunities, by implementing service delivery and rights-based activities through a participatory and multidimensional partnership approach.
GBK's Core values:
- GBK bears and committed to the following core values-
- Respect and equal rights
- Honesty and transparency
- Peoples’ participation and accountability
- Quality service
- Non partisan, secular and bias free attitudes
- Gender equality
- Environmental awareness
GBK is registered under-
- NGO Affairs Bureau, Government of Bangladesh on 16.03.1993 with registration number 693/93
- Department of Social Welfare, Government of Bangladesh on 22.03.1994 with registration number Dinaj-913/94
- Register of Joint stock companies and firms, Government of Bangladesh on 04.05.200 with registration number S-2361(204)/2000
- Micro Credit Regulatory Authorities, Government of Bangladesh on 16.03.2008 with registration number 01271-01016-00183.
- Europe Aid, on19.03.2010 with ID number BD-2009-CQP-2208717489
GBK is governed by the following two committees-
A 21-member committee representing different sectors of society, all of whom are committed to GBK's vision and mission. The General Committee sits once in a year in the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The committee plays effective role in- Analysis, question-answer on annual budget, Analyze (question-answer) and approves annual progress report, Approval of audit report, Elect executive Committee and put recommendations for further development of the organization.
It’s a 7 members committee among which 2 honorable members including the chair are women and one honorable member is from indigenous community. The EC perform role as the highest management authority of the organization with the following roles-
- EC Assists and suggests organizational senior management in formulation and updating of organizational policy and also approve those policy/manuals for organizational practice.
- Follow up of proper implementation of programmes
- Participate in the EC meeting
- Approve annual plan
- Approve new project contract with donors
- Approve to appoint external audit firm through the Director
- Approve necessary position for the organization
- Approve annual report and budget.
Working Area: GBK is currently working in 1448 villages of 121 union/municipalities in 22 sub-districts of 5 northern districts in Bangladesh.
Human Resource: GBK has a group of experienced and skilled team of human resource who are involve in different programme/project/section of the organization. Currently there are 476 staff members including 62 women and 314 men. Among the total, 49 staff members are from the indigenous communities.
People we do work with:
GBK do works with the following marginalised and disadvantaged communities as according to the organizational Strategic Focus Areas-
- Indigenous peoples
- Dalit peoples
- Children and Adolescents
- Differently able peoples
- Ultra poor families
- Other vulnerable groups
GBK is working with 75000 households with 325190 populations. Among them 304640 are from the greater community, 18450 are from indigenous community and 2100 are from horizon (scavenger) communities.
Strategic Focus Areas:
Following our extensive strategic planning process, which involved stakeholders at all levels, we identified 6 areas of community and organizational development that will be our Strategic Focus Areas (SFAs’) until 2015.
Over the next 5 years, GBK is committed to:
SFA-1: Enhance livelihoods
SFA-2: Facilitate quality education
SFA-3: Promote health rights and services
SFA-4: Promote climate change adaptation and mitigation
SFA-5: Accelerate human potentiality improvement and
SFA-6: Introduce standardized processes for the organization
These strategic focus areas were selected as the most important, relevant and realistic development areas for us to work over the next 5 years through the whole planning process.