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How did it start? | Legal status | Theory of change | Governance and Executive Committee Member

GOVERNANCE AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Photo Dr Azam

Institute of Social Welfare & Research at University of Dhaka

Professor, Dr. Golam Azam (PhD)

President
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Md Razu Ahmed

Chief Executive Officer
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Bryan Johnson

General Manager
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Marianne Smith

HR Manager

WELCOME TO SOCIAL DEVELPOMENT & HUMAN WELFARE FOUNDATION (SDHWF)

 

Our Objective: No People, Without Right. It’s a non-profit charitable organization working for humanity. Our Charitable Number : 08948.

HOW DID WE START

The full name of SDHWF is “Social Development & Human Welfare Foundation”. In the year 2016, SDHWF was initiated by a band of educated youth who were engaged in doing traditional social works. Gradually in the year 2017 in its journey to provide services in a more effective and efficient manner SDHWF established itself as a local NGO.

Legal status:
SDHWF is registered under following government ministries and departments of Bangladesh
ï Department of Social Welfare
ï Ministry of Health and Family Planning
ï Foreign Donation Registration under NGO affairs Bureau

Vision, Theory of change, Mission & Strategy
Vision: SDHWF envisions a society where all members living in peace and harmony in terms of relational, material, and psychological wellbeing.

Theory of change: SDHWF believe that the deficit of relational, material and psychological well-being in human society is fundamentally caused by individualistic constructions which separates self-from others ; eventually generates greediness thus conflict, dominations and injustice. Further SDHWF believe that there is no universal, standard and static meaning of well-being but multiple meanings are created by the local social cultures; continuously constructed and reconstructed though on-going relational interaction processes. Application of any standard paradigm of development and social change; not only fails to involve infinite and multiple relationships in developed analysis and actions but also creates subject-object relationships between the communities and the development professionals. People’s centred development requires a shift in focus from building individual capacities to what we can do together, to genuine participation of the people and interaction, to space for multiplicity, for local creativity and different ways of learning, a learning culture that encourages the community and the change agents/workers to be co-learners and co-constructors, working together towards opening new possibilities. This is only possible through a non-subject object way of relating. Despite talks and emphasis on the principles of participation, most development approaches conceptualize stakeholders as autonomous change entities, so that the unit of analysis and actions are targeted toward those entities. This conceptualization not only establishes subject-object relationship but also promote individualistic construction in which one party tries to promote the independence of another.

SDHWF put forward that people’s self development cannot be achieved by the thought and action of others but self-help. Again, Instead of entities, bringing interaction processes (which construct and reconstruct entities) as both unit of analysis and locus of change is fundamental in the promotion of genuine people’s centered development.

Mission: The mission of SDHWF is to promote self-help in development and social change through transforming subject-object relational processes into non subject-object.

Strategies: In relation to its mission SDHWF applies following strategies:

Centre discourse of cooperative interactions processes as both unit of analysis an locus of social change;
promotion of positive, local innovations, and opening up possibilities
facilitating participation and multiple creativity;
facilitate local communities and their organizations to manage project cycle by themselves involving multi-stakeholders participation process;
advocating self-help strategies though networking and partnership with other government and non-governmental organizations/ forums at local, national and international

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