Background of ESDO
Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) started its journey in 1988 with a noble vision to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. Being a peoples' centered organization, ESDO envisioned for a society which will be free from inequality and injustice, a society where no child will cry from hunger and no life will be ruined by poverty. Near about three decades of relentless efforts to make this happen, ESDO has embraced new grounds and opened up new horizons to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people to bring meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. During this long span, ESDO has adapted with the changing situation and provided the most time-bound services especially for the poor and disadvantaged. A community focused and people centered approach has been adapted by ESDO while consideration was given to the national policy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its guiding principle.
ESDO is one of the most dynamic organizations expanding its development interventions across 238 upazilas under 36 districts of Bangladesh covering over 7.10 million poor and vulnerable people.
Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) continuous its mended for holistic development of rural populations in the areas of livelihood, skill development, health, education, water and sanitation, nutrition, mother and child health care services, kitchen gardening, growth monitoring, immunizations, arsenic mitigation and the developing needs of marginalized people of Bangladesh from its inception 1988. At the same time ESDO has been continuing micro credit, social development, food security, disaster management, agricultural development, livestock, fisheries, water resources management, hazardous child labour reduction, counter trafficking intervention, human rights, adult education, child education, skill development activities for ensuring equitable society free from poverty in ESDOs working area.
ESDO managed mentioned programs in 7 City Corporation, Municipality, 117, Unions: 2055, 238 upazilas and 36 districts of Bangladesh, directly reaching more than 7.10 million poor and vulnerable people. Different need-based programs are aimed to enhancing the capabilities of deprived people in terms of social development, disaster facina, food security, agriculture, gender, nutrition, micro finance, health, environment, rights and governance, education and human development, and with empowering them to solve the problems that affect their lives and to cooperate with each other to resisting oppression and exploitation. The undertaking of such self-initiated and autonomous actions is an important achievement in a context where the deprived people are dependent for their livelihood and social security.
For last 30 years of development journey, ESDO has been serving with untiring efforts to bring forth and optimum development situation in Bangladesh. During this long span of time ESDO has been intent to adapt with the changing situation and provide the most time-fitting services especially for the poor and disadvantaged. The comprehensive software & hardware support package has been dedicated to ensure, skill development activities ,social development, food security, disaster management, agricultural development, livestock, fisheries, water resources management, micro credit ,hazardous child labour reduction, counter trafficking intervention, human rights, adult education, child education, health and nutrition, hygienic sanitation and personal hygiene for the grassroots people while focusing on community motivation and empowerment of people. A community focused and people centered approach has been adapted by ESDO while considering the national policy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its guiding principle.
For the sake of bringing sustainable food security, skill development, livelihood development, ESDO provides demand-driven and bottom-up services, instead of supply-driven and top-down services, ensuring community participation in every step from planning, through decision-making to implementation and monitoring and follow-up as well as cost sharing by community people. Maintaining this process ESDO has succeeded in creating a sense of ownership of the programmes among the community. This approach has contributed greatly to the sustainability of the program success.
ESDO has made advocacy programmes having major components like ethenic minority rights, gender awareness and women rights, social mobilization, legal aid services, hazardous child labour reduction movement, disaster management, social assistance to Adibashis and extreme minorities, counter trafficking etc. along with various promotional activities.
ESDO regularly conduct three types of planning for project activities. These are: (i) Strategic Plan (ii) Business Plan (iii) Yearly Plan.
ESDO facilities monitoring considering it as an essential tools for its programme management to measure the effectiveness of ESDO programmes both on quantitative and qualitative aspects. The effective facilitation of regular monitoring also enables the ESDO management take necessary correctively measures on its programme interventions at the right time. ESDO’s all project activities are monitored monthly and quarterly basis by the respective project supervisors besides this ESDO has a group of experienced monitor team under the guidance of team leader. The monitor team has monitored the project activities quarterly and submits report to the Executive Director as well as in monthly coordination meeting. According to the monitoring findings, the ESDO management undertook action to improve the planned activities.
For ensuring qualitative and quantities programme ESDO’s all project activities periodically and regularly audited by ESDO’s Internal Audit Team. A professional group regularly audited ESDO’s entire project under the direct supervision of Executive Director. As per audit findings, the concern sectoral coordinators ensure to meet-up their lacking or shortfall within require period.
ESDO regularly evaluated ESDO’s programmes and projects through different period. Mid-term evaluation and final evaluation is mandatory for each programme.
ESDO has its own transparent financial system as well as comply with donor’s requirement. ESDO maintain both accruals, cash basis accounting, and follow the double entry accounting system. Keeping accounts both way manually and by software also.
Weekly, monthly and Quarterly reporting systems are established. ESDO is able to produce and provide report to the donor as per their requirements.
ESDO believes that efficient staff is a significant parameter of organizational strength. ESDO consider them as the most valuable resources. 3418 staff has been working with ESDO, among them 1816 are male and 1622 are female and Volunteer Staff: 716 Male: 57 Female: 659 of the total staff 96 (2.80%) are working in the central office and the rest 3342 are working under the regional and branch offices.
We seek an equitable society free from all discriminations.
Reduction in income poverty and human poverty of the people in ESDOs working area through undertaking massive integrated development program for the poor and marginalized community through service delivary and rights based approach. Income generation literacy programme nutrition and health programme human rights and good governance programme giving proper importance to environmental protection and regeneration. ESDO firmly believes and is actively involved in promoting human rights, dignity and gender equality through people's social, economic, political and human capacity building. Women in general and children are the core and central focus of its activities. Strengthening the organizational capacity carries importance to ensure quality of its services. Extending its services to the ultra poor is its main manifesto.
Summary of Strategic Plan 2018/2022
The 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development (SDGs), adopted by the member states of the United Nations in September 2015 are new universal set of goals, targets and indicators to frame national agenda, development plans and programmes by members states over the next 15 years till 2030. These goals are built and expanded on achievements and learning of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that the world leaders adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000 for a period till 2015.
While MDGs aimed at reducing poverty and inequality, SDGs expand these and other international commitments on ending poverty and achieving equality everywhere, leaving no one behind. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is integrated, indivisible and balance of three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental, and poverty eradication is stated as the overarching goal. The goals are integrated and indivisible, global in nature hence universally applicable. SDGs involve a set of 17 universal goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets and there are a total of 169 global targets and 230 global indicators to be achieved by 2030.
We continued putting all of our efforts in providing concrete and direct results to the Participants of all of our programs. ESDO followed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and considering the SDG goal we addressed in local level through different programs. All of our achievements and significant strides in the field of human and income poverty would not have been as successfully achieved without the active participation of the many actors involved, including the direct participants, duty bearers, development partners, private sector actors, network and alliance members. Through the effective participation, learning sharing, capacity building, proper documentation and appropriate community based monitoring and feedback mechanism ESDO have achieved a great success and significantly contributed in reducing income and human poverty within the working area of ESDO. We have continued to play the role of a catalyst in mobilizing and empowering the marginalized community through increased range of programs and activities to address the root causes of issues like poverty, deprivation, exploitation, and abuse that hamper the realization of their civic and human rights. Considering the SDGs & ESDO's Vision & Mission the programming goal sets five strategic priorities towards developing pathways for ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. This includes:
Goal-01: No Poverty & Zero Hunger (aligned with SDG-1: End poverty in all its forms, everywhere and SDG-2: End hunger, achieves food security and improved nutrition and promotes sustainable agriculture).
Goal-02: Good Health, Clean Water & Sanitation (aligned with SDG-3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, & SDG-6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all).
Goal-03: Education & Technical Vocational Training (SDG-4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote Life-long learning opportunities for all and SDG-8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and SDG-9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).
Goal-04: Gender Equality, Child Protection & Promotion of Human Rights (SDG-5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and Goal, SDG-10: Reduce inequality within and among countries, SDG-16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Goal-05: Sustainable Communities, Climate Action & Promotion of Affordable Clean Energy, SDG-7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and SDG-11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. SDG-12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, SDG-13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Goal-06: Innovation & Organizational Development.