Welcome to ASD!

About ASD


Action for Social Development (ASD) is a non-government, non-profit and non-political development organization. It was established in 1988 by a group of NGO professionals and social workers to address the socio-economic problems of low income groups of people living in slum areas of Dhaka City. With the gradual emerging development need, ASD extended its programme activities to address the needs of the rural poor with a focus on remote and hard to reach areas. Following subsequent strategic needs ASD in 2015 changed its name to become known as Action for Social Development. With nearly three decades of programme implementation experience, ASD has been successful in diversifying its development interventions and developed capacity in implementing large projects alone and also in partnership. Projects that deserve worth naming include SHOUHARDO, FSUP-H, Community Legal Service (CLS), BEHTRUWC, PCAR, and Development of Children at High Risk (DCHR).   For more than a decade it has been actively engaged in different initiatives for the elimination of child labour and realization of child rights


People irrespective of their culture, ethnicity and religion enjoy full democratic and human rights and live in peace and dignity.


To facilitate the poor creating solidarity among themselves, building their capacity and bargaining power for realizing their rights and needs in order to improve their quality of life.


Participatory and rights-based approach

Core Values

Human dignity, gender equity, inclusiveness, non-discrimination, and community participation.


A 21-member General Body (GB) functions as the highest decision making organ of ASD. An Executive Committee (EC) of 7 members, which is elected for 3-year term sits quarterly to look after the activities of the organization and takes necessary policy decisions. The EC approves annual plans and budget and monitor the progress of activities and financial status.

What we do

Thematic Areas/ Programmes

  • Child Protection and Promotion of Child Rights
  • Livelihood and Food Security for the Ultra Poor.
  • Education & Empowerment.
  • Life Orientated Education, Skill and Vocational Training.
  • Self-Help Group Development and People’s Institution Building
  • Health & Nutrition including HIV/AIDS
  • Water, Environmental Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion
  • Human Rights, Justice and Governance
  • Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation
  • Advocacy and Networking