DAM: Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Bangladesh)

  • Vision, Mission Main Function and Activities
  • Brief History
  • On Going Porjects/Studies
  • Good Activities Cases
  • Target Group
  • Materials/Publications
  • CLCs
  • Netwroks & Partners
  • Contact Information


The founding motto of DAM is ‘Divine and Humanitarian Service’
The vision of DAM is a society free from poverty, experiencing social transformation for fulfillment of basic rights and having an improved social, economic and spiritual living.


DAM pursues a mission to create conditions for increased access of the target groups and the communities within which they live, to public and private services and enhance capacities of such communities to maximum utilization of such services particularly in the areas of education, livelihood development, health and human rights and social justice, taking environment as a cross cutting theme.

Main Function of the Organization: (Duty and Tasks):

The main function of the organization is to increase access to quality education, achieve economic self-sufficiency and build capacity to reduce disaster risk, reduce primary health risks of the vulnerable households, an increase in empowered communities claiming and practicing rights. In line with its vision and mission DAM works in the areas of education, livelihood development, health and human rights & social justice with environment as a cross cutting issue.

DAM pursues a mission to create conditions for increased access of the target groups and the communities to public and private services and enhance their capacities to maximally utilize such services particularly in the areas of their living needs. Besides field-based programmes, DAM established and operates a number of education and health institutions, social enterprises towards contributing to national development.

Founding Aims and guiding principles

  1. To develop the social and spiritual life of the entire human community
  2. To annihilate the distinction between human beings
  3. To cultivate unity and brotherhood and inspire divine love
  4. To teach one one’s insignificance and shun one’s pride
  5. To enable one to recognize and realize the relation of the Creator and the creation
  6. To enable to realize the duty of human beings to the Creator and the fellow beings
  7. To render all possible help to the suffering humanity

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Brief Histroy

Introduction and Background

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), a leading multi-sector non-governmental organization (NGO) in Bangladesh, had been established in 1958. Hazrat Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R), an eminent educationist, social reformer and spiritual leader of South Asia, founded it with the motto of ‘Divine and Humanitarian Service’ aiming at achieving social and spiritual development of the human community. In the mid-seventies, after independence of Bangladesh, the organization made a shift in its approach from welfare approach to development approach. Since then DAM has been acting as a dynamic organization responding to diverse needs of people and has undertaken programmes in four major sectors: education, livelihood, health and human rights and social justice, to cover the totality of life and livelihood of people with special attention on the disadvantaged groups.

DAM is well known for its innovative work and piloting models which have applied significance both at the local and national levels. It has got extensive experience in working with various stakeholders including a wide range of Development Partners, International NGOs, Donors and Government departments.

Awards, Honors and Press

DAM has received the following awards both international and national level:

International Level

  • UN-ESCAP Human Resources Development Award in 1994
  • Asia Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO Grand Prize-1996
  • International Literacy Prize-2003 awarded by UNESCO
  • Global Development Network Award-2003
  • AGFUND International Award-2004

National Level

  • National Literacy Award-1998
  • Government of Bangladesh Independence Award- 2002
  • Anjumane Mufidul Islam Award-2003
  • Dhaka Nagar Padak-2004
  • National Library Award-2004 & 2006
  • Anti-Smoking Award-2005
  • Dr. Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal-2006
  • Bankers Forum Award-2007
  • Peace Award-2008
  • Education Watch Award-2009

Major Research Porjects/Studies in 2011-2015

Besides the regular activities in line with the education sector strategic plan of the organization and continuing activities as mentioned above, DAM plans to undertake following activities during the years of 2011 – 2015.

  1. Organize mid and senior level staff training on mainstreaming CLC approach
  2. Organize field level staff training on multi-grade teaching-learning in NFE for other organizations
  3. Organize regional capacity building training workshops and exchange visits for mainstreaming CLC, multi-grade teaching-learning and package material development
  4. Organize professional training courses on ECED for field level staffs
  5. Development manual on participatory monitoring system and piloting for South-Asia sub-region.
  6. Major Field Programmes

    As per its vision and mission DAM works based on four sectoral strategies in the areas of education, livelihood development, health, and human rights and social justice with gender & environment as cross-cutting issues. Area-wise present field programmes are as follows:


    • Early Childhood Care and Development
    • Non-formal Primary Education
    • Junior Secondary Education
    • Literacy and Continuing Education


    • Health Care and Awareness
    • Water and Sanitation
    • Drug Addiction Prevention and Treatment
    • HIV/AIDS Prevention

    Livelihood Development

    • Vocational/Skills Training
    • Micro-Finance
    • Agriculture Diversification
    • Disaster Preparedness and Management

    Human Rights and Social Justice

    • Adolescent empowerment
    • Child and Women Trafficking Prevention
    • Child Labour
    • Child Rights
    • Prevention of violence against women

Target Group

Country/Sub- region/RegionTarget groups
Programme coverage in Bangladesh – 46 Districts and 152 Upazilas (sub-district) DAM has been mainly serving the poor and vulnerable people. Poorest of the poor are included in some of its specific programme interventions. However, it serves the entire community and the people at large in conformity with its mission and the services are rendered through various programmes and development interventions in response to the felt needs.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission Pakistan Dhaka Ahsania Mission-Pakistan has been implementing various programme activities. During the year 2010-2011, a total of 8 projects on priority basis given direct benefits to the rural people in the programme areas through its Community Learning Centres (CLCs) and Vocational Training Centre.


Materials Available

Teaching and learning materials

  • Books
  • Games
  • Brochures
  • Audio Visuals
  • Software
  • E-learning
  • Ohters (Flipcharts, Teachers' Guide, Primers)

Training manuals for

  • Teachers/Facilities
  • Communities
  • Supervisors
  • Management
  • Others (ToT Manuals for Trainers)


  • Periodical/newsletter
  • Project reports
  • Research papers
  • Case-studies
  • Others (Training Manuals, Approaches/Concepts, Survey Reports, etc.)

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Languages of Resources Available

DAM publishes materials in Bengali; Some materials have been translated into English.

Type of Activities Offer to Help Others

  • Capacity development training on selected thematic areas of education, livelihood, health and human rights sector
  • Exchange of education and communication materials for programmes covering six foals of EFA
  • Manuals and materials on Technical Vocational Skills Training (TVET) courses
  • Joint programme implementation in the areas of common interest
  • Joint research on situation analysis on selected thematic areas
  • Advocacy works at sub-regional, regional and global level
  • Internship to the students, researchers and practitioners to learn from micro.

Number of CLCs run by the organization

Community Resource Centre (CRC) is a Union based technical support institution. It also functions as service centre and local network of Community Learning Centre (CLC). DAM in partnership with community manages the activities of CRC. At present there are 30 CRCs with ICT facilities, 12 CRCs are in progress towards establishing ICT facilities, apart from these 42 CRCs there are 238 Literacy Resource Centres (LRCs) as coordination institutions providing various services including literacy and NFE to the communities at union level.

Number of CLCs indirectly supported by the organization

A Community Learning Centre (CLC) is a resource centre that provides information and life-long learning activities for everyone in the community in order to make that community stronger. At present there are 3,478 CLCs with various capacities for providing support services to the communities. CLC is the centre of community development activities including socio-economic and cultural development and now being developed as 'Peoples Centre' with the ultimate goal of providing backup support to the community as needed to become self-reliant.


Networks & Partners


  • International Council of Adult Education (ICAE)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA)
  • Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)


  • Asia-South Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE)
  • Appeal Resource and Training Consortium (ARTC)
  • Asia-South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
  • Action against Trafficking and Sexual Abuse of Children (ATSEC)

Sub Regional:

  • Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) Japan
  • Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network (ALADIN)
  • Fresh Water Action Network, South Asia
  • Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)


  • Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)
  • Resource Centre Network
  • Credit & Development Forum (CDF)
  • Voluntary Health Services Society (VHSS)
  • Health Cluster
  • Watsan Cluster
  • National Sanitation Taskforce
  • National STD/AIDS Alliance
  • Network among Rehabilitation Centre in Bangladesh (NARCOM)
  • Coalition for Urban Poor (CUP)
  • National Girl Child Advocacy Forum
  • Disadvantaged Adolescents Working NGOs (DAWN) Forum
  • RRRI - Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation & Integration (By Home Ministry)
  • Victim Support Centre (Home Ministry & UNDP)
  • Monitoring Cell (Home Ministry)
  • Bangladesh Tele Centre Network (BTN)
  • Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF)
  • Steering Committee for Adolescents Policy
  • Working Group on Protecting & Stopping Sexual Harassment against Children and Adolescents
  • Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Contact Information

Focal point for ARTC: (Name and Title) M. Ehsanur Rahman Executive Director
Address: Dhaka Ahsania Mission House # 19, Road # 12 (New), Dhanmondi R/A Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh.
(880-2) 9145104, 8119521-22, 8115909, 9123402, 9123420
(88) 01713 000861
Fax: (880-2) 8113010, 8118522
Email: ed@ahsaniamission.org ; ehsan1155@gmail.com
Website: www.ahsaniamission.org.bd
Facebook/Twitter: Ehsanur Rahman (Facebook)