Uttaran (which means ‘uplifted’) started its campaign to uphold the rights of the poor and underprivileged in 1985. The organisation has evolved by assisting the disadvantaged and abused people in the southwest of Bangladesh in their struggle for human rights and justice.

Uttaran is currently working with partners in five districts (Satkhira, Khulna, Jessore, Bagerhat and Pirojpur) supporting 44,600 direct partner-beneficiaries of which 70% are women and 33% are outcaste, untouchables and ethno-religious minorities.


A society with gender, class and caste equality.


Equip the disadvantaged people with the tools needed to deal with their social, environmental, health, economic and cultural issues and concerns.


 Remove the barriers of social inequalities and discrimination
 Eradicate poverty by creating an enabling environment
 Promote environmental protection and sustainable management
 Provide education to the underprivileged and ultra poor
 Ensure people’s participation and good governance
 Promote human rights and social justice
 Promote primary health and alternative health services
 Promote eco-sensitive and sustainable agriculture
 Sustain quality of life in time of natural and man-made disasters

Strategic Approaches

 Conscious and serious involvement of women, outcaste, untouchable and religio-ethnic minorities.
 Community organizing, capacity building and institutional strengthening.
 Perform advocacy on various social, economic, health, environmental and cultural issues.
 Provide formal, non-formal and technical education.
 Citizenship building for effective and participatory governance.
 Provide access to resources to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment.
 Establish linkages and partnerships.


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