Action for Social Development (ASD) formerly Assistance for Slum Dwellers (ASD) was established in the year 1988 by a group of committed NGO professionals and social workers with a view to assist the urban slum community to address their basic problems. Later on the basis of its urban experience ASD extended its development programs to rural areas with a view to combat rural-urban migration.
The most striking idea that was behind the emergence of ASD was the long-felt uplift need of the urban poor to have their access to shelters, potable water, sanitation, schooling and health care services. Amongst slum dwellers children, adolescents and women were the extreme victims of urban poverty and needed urgent supports to lessen their sufferings and uplift their lots. However, the immediate cause that drove ASD organizers to float this organization was marked with the incidence of the great flood of 1988, which caused inhuman sufferings to the citizens of Dhaka City, especially to the impoverished slum dwelling population. Thus the episode of emergence of ASD was inevitable in that critical juncture.
Our Founder General Secretary:
Late Engineer Mr. M. A. Khalique was the founder General Secretary and first Chief Executive of ASD. Under his able leadership the organization came into being in 1988. It was very unfortunate that ASD lost his invaluable service and contribution due his sad and untimely demise on 25 March, 1992. It may be mentioned here that before formation of ASD Mr. Khalique served in CCDB, ADAB and Dhaka Ahsania Mission in different capacities. He was Deputy Director of ADAB. Every year ASD observes his death anniversary in a befitting manner.
Late Engineer Mr. M. A. Khalique