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Community Devlopment Association (CDA)

Dinajpur, Bangladesh
Joined August 2019

SHARED VISION: An United Agrarian Society through People Centered Democracy and land Governance, which is socially just and free from all discrimination, Human Rights are established with Political

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice

Community Development Association (CDA) is a highly secular, non-partisan-non-Government Development Organization (NGDO) established in the year 1985-1986 in North Western Part of  Bangladesh CDA gradually has been shifted its strategic position from charity to a Right based Organization now facilitating among the poorest, landless and marginal farmers along with the plain land indigenous people (IP) including the differently able men, women & youth with a view to empower, ensure and secure access to land Rights from its inception. Initially, CDA entered voluntarily in the rural poor communities in the remotest villages in greater Dinajpur district the then and it was committed to organize the rural landless poor with the concept of Integrated Community Development Program (ICDP) and tried to unite them in several small groups at their doorsteps in several villages from 1985-86 to 1988 -89 in association with OXFAM-GB UK&CAFOD-APHD-Hong Kong.

People Centered Development Strategy


 4th June, 1986


  • NGOAB, Registration number: 283 dated: 16/01/1989 bureau
  • Department of District Social Welfare Registration number: 258/86, dated: 14/06/1986


  • The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB)
  • Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD)
  • CAMPE for Quality Education
  • Credit and Development Forum (CDF)
  • PHM Bangladesh for Right to Health
  • People, Land and Agrarian Reform in Northern Ecological Territory (PLANET).

Regional Level:

  • Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), The Philippines
  • Asian Farmers Association (AFA), the Philippines
  • Asian Health Institute (AHI),Japan.

 International Level:

  • International Land Coalition (ILC), Rome
  • FIAN, Germany
  • World Rural Forum (WRF)
  • World Forum for Access to Land
  • International Year for Family Farming ( IYFF+10).

People Associated With This Organization

Khandaker Masum

Community Devlopment Association (CDA)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I , Khandaker Md.Masum graduated on Bachelor of laws, LL.B(Hon’s) and Master of Laws(LL.M) from Northern University Bangladesh,(English Version). The curriculums were very balanced about International and domestic contexts. After completing my post-graduation in Laws, I became an Advocate in Bangladesh. Now I became 10 year above experienced in Legal operations management. I am expressing interest to you which participation you offered in your organization, I am applying for to be a participants And I am confident that my experience and skill would be a great match for this position.

I have strong operational Knowledge on civil and criminal cases and human rights, child rights, women rights, youth rights and land rights and worked all of those areas. I worked as a journalist at “Daily shirsho news online bd ” I got conceptual knowledge from regular newspaper study from 10 years. In my previous position as an Advocate, I conducted suit on behalf of Human Rights organization as Penal Lawyers. I met not only experiences but also exceeded popularity of the right base organizations. I worked for the protection of journalists as defense lawyer. Now I am working as program officer (Legal Aid) at Community Development Association (CDA) which is an NGO and working for landless people’s land right as human rights, health rights as human rights, Advocacy for women in land, Advocacy for youth in land, save the earth and climate. This NGO is located in northern part of Bangladesh in Dinajpur & Thakurgaon Districts with 35 years of glory.
Khandaker Masum is the network champion (main point of contact) for Community Devlopment Association (CDA).

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