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Nagorik Uddyog

Presence in: Bangladesh

The name “Nagorik Uddyog” (“The Citizen’s Initiative”) epitomizes the organization’s fundamental goal as well as the strategies and activities it utilizes to achieve this goal. Specifically, since its establishment 1995, Nagorik Uddyog (NU) has worked to strengthen local government in Bangladesh via the dual imperatives of, on the one hand, raising awareness among the general masses of people’s basic human rights and, on the other, building people’s capacity to pursue and realize these rights.
NU recognizes that democratic elections are by themselves insufficient in fulfilling democracy; that the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged must be given the power to participate in and contribute to all those decision-making processes that affect their lives. Accordingly, NU strives to provide an enabling condition for the people to set up institutions and mobilize themselves.
NU holds special interest in democratizing the historically gender-imbalanced “Shalish”, Bangladesh’s traditional rural dispute-resolution system. A fair and equitable Shalish especially entails unprecedented access to justice for rural women – the ‘poorest of the poor’ in this country – and in turn a new and exciting horizon in Bangladesh’s development journey.

People Associated With This Organization

Santa Islam

Nagorik Uddyog
Joined June 2022
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community Organizing, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Gender-based violence, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Labor & Employment, Policy Advocacy
A law graduate with more than 4 years of professional experience in the development field. Currently working with Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen's Initiative), Bangladesh-a human rights organization as a Senior Monitoring and Advocacy Officer. My experience involves project implementation, monitoring, awareness-raising, networking, research and publication. I believe this course will develop my understanding on capacity building, and empowerment of the common people through stimulating knowledge of legal provisions and real-life experiences.

Shamim Al Mamun

Nagorik Uddyog
Joined June 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a lawyer working in a right based NGO named NAGORIK UDDYOG. We are trying to develope community based mediation system and community paralegal in our project areas. We are also working to eradicate VAW's from society. I have root level experience for handling victims and fight for them to give them proper justice.

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