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Unnayan Shahojogy Team (UST) is a national NGO, working in Bangladesh since 1986. It is registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau, Goverment of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Redg. No.291). It mobilizes available resources for the benefits of the rural poor, especially for the disadvantaged women and children. UST has been working in typical geographical (Char) areas in Bangladesh with the disadvantaged people, especially with women; children and adolescent girls to promote and protect their right. UST also works at grass root level with civil society for strengthening local governance towards sustainable development. UST believes that it is possible to bring changes in the situation of disadvantaged rural women through empowering them. This empowerment process is essential for shaping people's capacity to manage and control over all kinds of livelihoods assets in their vicinity, which is centrally important for their sustainable livelihoods.

Key Principles

UST follows some key Principles to work with the disadvantaged people, which are:

 

  •     Go to the people, live with them, learn from them, plan with them
  •     Start with what the people know
  •     Build on what the people have
  •     Learn by doing, teach by showing
  •     All development activities need to be designed putting the people at the centre of our development process.
  •     Outsider may help, but insider must do the job.