Background :

At the close end of 80’s during the devastating flood, when most of the areas under Tangail district were badly affected and submerged in flood water than to help the people affected by the flood, a group of social workers came forward extending their cooperation with necessary emergency relief materials and rehabilitation programs. While working the young, energetic social workers realized that the poor and destitute families were more severely affected because these people had no education, no idea to cope with any adverse situation and economically helpless. They are conservative and bonded with religious and social superstitions which pushed them to be neglected from every corner of human rights. Simultaneously, the social workers discussed among themselves and communicating with more like minded persons, they, with a view to overall develop these rural poor, socially ignored and destitute families and established peace in the society at the beginning of 90’s formed a Non-Government, Non-political Organization named Social Advancement Through Unitu-SATU. The objectives was through establishing due rights of the poor population ensure living in peace and harmony in the society.

At the inception stage, SATU started with consciousness rising on personal and environmental hygiene, importance of education, human rights and use of local resources, safe drinking water and sanitation and took up programs to rehabilitate the families affected by disasters. Subsequently, it has given emphasis on staff capacity building and effective management. In 1992, after receiving registration from the Directorate of Social Service, SATU became formally institutionalized. Gradually, SATU became a recognized NGO that attracted the donor agencies and Government of Bangladesh. Especially, empowering the rural poor and destitute families and taking up integrated plans for children development and implementation is highly praised by all. SATU became registered with NGO Affairs Bureau in 1993, became a partner organization with Palli Karma-Sahayak in 2002 to undertake micro-credit program and received certification from Micro-credit Regulatory Authority (MRA) in 2007. Apart from it, SATU developed into member of a number of NGO networks in Bangladesh and abroad.

Objectives of SATU :

  • Implement United Nation child right charter and through eliminating institutional and non-institutional child labor create a child friendly environment;

  • For human resource development, provide need based trainings to organization’s staff and target beneficiaries’;

  • To undertake programs to eradicate children and adult illiteracy;

  • To empower the women especially who are the poor, distress, disadvantaged through formation of group/somity at the grass root level by ensuring active participation-in identifying problems, in searching options for addressing the problems, ensure participation in decision making process and empower them in undertaking schemes for their socio-economic development;

  • To raise awareness of the target beneficiaries regarding human rights, psycho-social protection, safe drinking water, sanitation, social forestations, nutrition and health care;

  • Organizing the disabled people through formation of groups/somities, and develop them socio-economically;

  • To make the target population self-dependant and motivate them to generate their savings for Income Generating Activities;

  • Through micro-credit support assist the target beneficiaries for entrepreneurship development, employment generation and help them in alleviating poverty;

  • To undertake programs for protection of ecological balance of environment like tree plantation, use of organic fertilizer etc.; area, where the target beneficiaries will be capacitated and familiar with copping mechanism and will have enough preparation to mitigate, and undertake Relief and Rehabilitation program for them to recover losses;

  • To undertake programs for Protection of ecological balance of environment like tree plantation, use of organic fertilizer etc;

  • To ensure the use of modern technologies in agriculture and fisheries and undertake integrated intensification programs;

  • To undertake programs on Disaster Preparedness for the people of disaster victims and disaster prone area, where the target beneficiaries will be capacitated and familiar with copping mechanism and will have enough preparation to mitigate, and undertake Relief and Rehabilitation program for them to recover losses;

  • To support safe migration and sending remittances through proper channel;

  • Observe national disabled day, international white cane day, autism day, distribute disable related materials, improve the living standard of older population and rehabilitation of beggars.

  • To establish network and linkage nationally and internationally with GOs, NGOs and Donors/Partners for exchange of information, intervention and cooperation;

  • Celebrate different national and international events/days with due respect and solemnity.

Development Philosophy of SATU :

SATU development philosophy emphasis non-relief ideology, rather it believes that through utilizing one’s own ability attains development leading to self and social freedom. SATU utilize a group based development approach in implementing its development plans. In a cyclical process rural poor and urban dwellers particularly women and children are identified, organizing them, identifying and discussing their problems and sorting remedies, monitor progress, and again identifying new problems. SATU acts as a catalyst, initiating and supporting the development process of the group members. The organization works with all persons and community as partner and ultimately directs its development according to the principle of self-reliance and empowerment.

Management, Planning and Decision Making Process of SATU :

SATU fully follows the participatory approach in its management, planning and decision-making. In some cases due to certain situation in management decision, it follows top-down process/approach while in planning and decision making it follows the Participatory Reflection and Action (PRA) and Participatory Learning Approach (PLA). The following committees are deeply involved in management, planning and decision making and are continually providing support to the organization in implementing its programs and activities.

General Committee :

SATU’s General Committee has been formed comprising of 27 members of likeminded and people from different profession motivated in social works within the society. . Among them are professor, teacher, doctor, businessman, social worker, advocate, and journalists etc. who serve for the overall development of the organization in SATU as volunteer. According to the constitution, General Assembly is held regularly. In the annual General Committee, meetings ongoing progress of different projects and activities of the organization are critically reviewed and approves yearly activities plan and budget for the next year after analytical discussion on the annual report and expenditure of the previous year. As per constitution, General body elects an Executive Committee through direct voting system.

Executive Committee :

The General Committee elects members of the executive committee for a period of two years. The Executive Committee consists of 9 members. It performs all responsibilities on behalf of the General Committee. The Executive Director serves as the Member Secretary of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is accountable to the General Committee. Executive Committee appoints Executive Director who is responsible for the day-to-day running the activities of SATU. On behalf of the organization, this committee formulates different policies, approves projects and as required assists the Executive Director in decision-making.

Senior Management Committee :

All Directors and Department Heads are members of the Senior Management committee. Headed by the Executive Director, Senior Management Committee is the top body to make decisions in relation to formulation of different policies and its implementation. The Directors with delegated authorities assist the Executive Director as per Management structure of the organization. Senior Management Committee holds monthly meetings before Core Staff Meeting and weekly meetings based on the necessity of the situation.

Core Staff Committee :

The staff those who are directly involved with the program implementation and management like, Deputy Director, Assistant Director, Manager (Accounts), Manager (Program), Training Officer, Zonal Managers, Area Managers (Program), Education Officers, Program Officer/Project Implementation Officer and Directors are members of the Core Staff committee. Headed by the Executive Director, Core staff holds monthly coordination meeting/workshop where various program performances, progress and learning are reviewed on last month’s planned activities and prepare operational plan for the next months.

Mid-Level Management Meeting :

Mid-Level Management Meeting/workshop are held monthly in all areas and quarterly in head office where all Branch Manager attends in the meeting. Progress of different activities, identifying problems and ways and means to resole problems are discussed and for better and effective implementation of the program and its activities, new intervention are undertaken and prepare operational plan for next quarter.

Legal Status :

SATU is registered with the following organizations:

Name of the Registration intuition Registration Number Date of Registration
Directorate of Social Services TA-0541 March 15, 1992
NGO Affairs Bureau 795 December 29, 1993
Micro-Credit Regulatory Authority (MRA) 01300-00405-00047 September 05, 2007

Target People :

SATU’s targeted populations are from rural, city suburbs, city and char areas that are poor, helpless, neglected and tribal people especially women and children.


Total Target Population 129306 nos.

Sources of Fund :

SATU, with the overall support of different development partners is continuing its development efforts aiming to fulfill its intended goals. SATU’s development partners are-

  1. Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)

  2. International Development Exchange-IDEX, USA

  3. Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RAMRU)

  4. Bangladesh Bank

  5. BRAC

  6. European Community

  7. Directorate of Primary and Mass Education

  8. Canadian International Development Agency –CIDA

  9. Andheri Hilfe Germany

  10. Womenkind-UK

  11. Caritas-Netherlands

  12. Save the Children-Australia

  13. German Embassy

  14. World Fish Center and USAID

  15. Australian High Commission

  16. International Labor Organization-ILO

  17. International Fund for Agriculture Development –IFAD

  18. Bangladesh Medical Society-UK

  19. New Field Foundation-USA

  20. Spondan-B, USA

  21. K.U.L.U-Denmark.

  22. City Bank Limited

  23. Southeast Bank Limited

  24. Standerd Bank

Ongoing Programs :

 Human Resource Development • Education Program • Buniad Program • Jagaran Program • Agrashar Program • Shufalan Program • Risk Prevention Program Sahos Program • Housing Program • Agriculture Development Program • Fisheries and Livestock Development Program • ENRICH Program • Environment Development Program • Health Care Program • Mother and Children Health Development • HIV/AIDS Awareness Program • Family Planning Awareness Program Disable Program • Safe Migration for Bangladeshi Workers Project • Workshop, Seminars & Day Observance

Networking :

SATU maintains a very good relationship with different donors and NGOs. SATU has network and is a member of the following organizations-

• Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) • Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) • Credit Development Forum (CDF) • Danish NGO Forum • Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)

Staff Strength :



Permanent Staff433186619
Part-time Staff06104110


To increase income Training on Awareness Building and Skill Development :

Training is a continuous program of SATU. Without training improving the socio-economic condition of the beneficiaries and subsequently sustainable development is not possible. To develop the group members socio-economically, two types of training are available. SATU, in order to develop the socio-economic condition of the beneficiaries, group members’ who are unaware and are economically weak and who are unable to develop themselves they are organized and given awareness building training on various issues and subsequently provided different skill development trainings. On the other hand, group members who are skilled and experienced they are provided with micro-credit to move ahead with their initiatives for self-dependant. To reduce social problems, awareness building training and to increase family income skill development trainings are provided. To eliminate various social issues, awareness building training is a regular activity that continues along side the regular activities of the groups. This awareness building training sometimes takes place at the village level and sometimes Union-wise. In order to increase the family income of the beneficiaries different skill development training are being implemented. Different skill development trainings like poultry rearing, milch cow rearing, beef fattening, goat rearing, tailoring science, vegetable cultivation, bamboo & cane furniture making etc. are provided to the group members. As of December ’11, SATU has provided awareness building to nearly all of its group members and skill development trainings on theabove mentioned issues to those group members who have received loans. Skill building training is a formal training that is held in a training venue.


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