Top 10 NGOs in Bangladesh | Humanity and Development

NGO is a non – governmental organization. These organizations have been working in Bangladesh since 1971. At that time Bangladesh suffered many problems. Like, economic, social, and humanitarian degrees. For this, the Bangladesh government had to rely on NGOs due to lack of funds and sometimes stagnant economic progress. So, there are 2554 registered NGOs in Bangladesh at the moment, and they are still working on it. In the world, there are 233 foreign NGOs who are working in 27 countries including Bangladesh also. Above all, these NGOs are doing their best for the country. However, some NGOs have occupied the top position in Bangladesh. In the flow, we are describing the top 10 NGOs in Bangladesh. Those are BRAC, Caritas Bangladesh, CARE Bangladesh, Oxfam in Bangladesh, HEED Bangladesh, ASA, TMSS, BURO Bangladesh, Shakti Foundation, Proshika.

1. BRAC:

BRAC means Building Resources Across Communities. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is the founder of BRAC. He established this NGO in 1972. BRAC is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. This is a non-profit organization. BRAC employs more than 90,000 people, about 70 percent of whom are women. They have reached more than 126 million people with their services. In 2016, BRAC was the largest non-governmental development organization in the world in terms of employees. In addition to the 64 districts of Bangladesh, they are working in about 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and America.

BRAC has more institutions like Women’s Health Development program commenced, Social Development, Human Rights and Legal Services program, BRAC’s Dairy and Food project was commissioned, BRAC University, Non-Formal Primary Education. They have launched a new program to reach out to teenagers in Uganda and Tanzania with a partnership with Nike’s Girl Effect campaign. Above all, we can say that BRAC NGO is a supportive organization for Bangladesh.


BRAC Centre
75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212 Bangladesh
Tel: 88 02 2222 81265.
Ext: 3161, 3182, 3191
Fax: 88 02 2222 63542

2. Caritas Bangladesh:

In 1967, they started their journey when Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan.  It was rebuilt after the devastating cyclone of November 1970. Then was known by the Christian Organization for Relief and Rehabilitation (CORR). But in 1976 the name Caritas was re-introduced.  Caritas works on integrated development, disaster management, and human resource development. They have 6000 staff and volunteers who are working on implementing its programs at the national and diocesan level. Caritas Bangladesh is working on more than 90 ongoing projects related to six sectors. They have branches in each of the seven continents.


 2, Outer Circular Road, Shantibagh, Dhaka-1217, Bangladesh
Telephone: +880 2 9339524 Fax: +880 2 8314993

3. CARE Bangladesh :

It was founded in 1945 but it has been active in Bangladesh since 1949. They are working across 93 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE mainly focused on disaster relief, school, and pre-school feeding when Bangladesh became independent in 1971. In 1974, CARE Bangladesh worked on women’s empowerment and reduction of violence against women, civil society strengthening, HIV/AIDS, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response. They have partnerships with 27 companies and they are working with the private sector. CARE Bangladesh is currently implementing 35 projects in partnership with 36 implementing NGOs. CARE globally focuses on women and girls empowering socially, economically, and politically most marginalized those who experience multiple denials of their rights.


CARE Bangladesh HQ
RAOWA Complex (Level 7-8), VIP Road, Mohakhali, Dhaka -1206, Bangladesh
Phone: +(880) 2 9889009, 9889073,9889122
Fax: +(880) 2 9889041
Email Us:   For General Enquiries:

4. Oxfam in Bangladesh:

Oxfam started their work in 1970 after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Then they supported the people of Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War. In 2012, Oxfam was a Friend of the Bangladesh Liberation War. They are working with different levels of government. And they are working in partnership with civil society organizations, NGOs, media organizations, foreign and local universities, and private sector organizations. Oxfam is currently serving one million Rohingya people across the border from Myanmar seeking refuge in Bangladesh.


Level-8 (Southern side), RAOWA Complex, VIP Road
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1206, Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2-58813607-8
Fax: +880-2-58813609

5. HEED Bangladesh:

HEED Bangladesh established its organizations in 1974. They celebrated 40 years of their establishment on December 13, 2014. HEED Bangladesh is working in 32 districts of Bangladesh. Their slogan is ‘Serving the Humanity’. They have three core values. These are, Priority Based Poverty Alleviation, Strategic Capacity Building, Strengthening the Civil Society.  Its mission is to create capital for alternative income and employment opportunities by ensuring primary health care. Which expands support for formal and informal education and poverty alleviation and responds to all disasters. Thus transforming human life.


Plot-19, Main Road, Block-a, Section-11, Mirpur, Dhaka-1216.
Phone: 8034119, 8034219, 9001731, 9004556
Fax: +88-02-8013558

6. ASA:

ASA means Association for Social Advancement.  Md. Shafiqual Haque Choudhury is a founder and President of ASA. This NGO or association was established in 1978. They first started their association in Tapra village of Manikganj. Currently, they have 5.3 million members and 21,477 employees. ASA is also working on awareness-raising and group formation for the poor aiming at integrated development through asserting rights of the poor, education, mini-irrigation, primary health, credit for income generation, etc. They started their Microfinance in 1991. About seven million people of Bangladesh are attached to this program. In 2017, ASA opened a new MSME program for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs that is considered the engine of economic growth. As of December 2018, 43 MSME branches have been opened in different growth centers in different districts across Bangladesh.


ASA Tower, 23/3, Bir Uttam A.N.M Nuruzzaman Sharak,Shyamoli, Dhaka-1207,Bangladesh
Phone : +88 02 58155609 +88 02 58155622 +88 02 58155627

7. TMSS:

TMSS established the NGO in 1964 when this organization’s name was Thengamara Sabaj Sangha’ (TSS). But a few years later, due to the great liberation war of Bangladesh, all the documents of TSS were burnt and their activities were stopped. Subsequently, in 1960, Prof. Dr. Hosne Ara Begum legally started the organization of TSS again. Then Prof. Dr. Hosne Ara Begum converted TSS into TMSS and introduced Bengali “women”.

Their main goal is to improve the socio-economic status of the poor, especially the extremely hardcore poor, by implementing grassroots decisions and utilizing local human and material resources. TMSS   Services are Microfinance, Education, Health, ICT Programs, Environmental Programs, Social development Programs, Economic Development Programs. They have 18000+ employees whose are work here.


631/5, West Kazipara, Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
Phone : +88-02-55073530, 55073586, 55073540, 9013659
Email :

8. BURO Bangladesh:

BURO Bangladesh Organization was set up in 1990. They are working for the poor on a sustainable basis to reduce poverty. BURO has launched six loan products, a specialized product for SME clients, two savings products, and one insurance scheme for their ever-growing financial needs. Their specialty is to consider low-income people and women as the main customers by microfinance institutions and to provide high-quality flexible financial services for them. BURO is achieving milestones of success and eventually attained financial sustainability.


House No: 12/A, Block No. CEN(F), Road No. 104, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212
Phone: 88-02-55059860, 88-02-55059861,88-02-55059862

9. Shakti Foundation:

The Shakti Foundation was established in 1992. They are currently working in 54 districts of Bangladesh. Their goal is to eradicate poverty and stabilize the social status of disadvantaged women across the country. Shakti Foundation initially took the initiative to provide microcredit so that women living in slums in Dhaka could create their workplaces. They are providing their services to 468,394 members. They are working for the socio-economic development of our women through poverty reduction and gender equality and they are running programs in both rural and urban areas through microfinance, agriculture, health, and solar lighting. Shakti Foundation has also received certifications through the Microcredit Regulatory Authority Act in 2007 to run their microcredit programs.


House 04, Road 1 (Main Road),
Block A, Section 11, Mirpur,
Pallabi, Dhaka 1216.

Phone  +88 09613-444111 +88 02-58052031 +88 01819850148

10. Proshika:

Proshika Organization was founded in 1976. They just focused on economic self-reliance in Bangladesh. Proshika’s current Chairman and the founder is Dr. Qazi Faruque Ahmed. Proshika mainly worked on agriculture, forestry, health education, disaster preparedness, advocacy, and literacy. Proshika is an acronym of three Bangla words, Proshikkhon (training), Shikkha (education), and Kaj (action). Proshika has formed about 160 thousand primary groups, of which about 98 thousand are women groups and 52 thousand are men groups. They also have 26,500 village and slum federations, 2,300 union/ward federations and 26 thana/upazila (sub-district) federations.


Proshika HRDC Trust Resort
Village: Koitta, Upazila : Saturia
District: Manikganj, Bangladesh
Phone: 01730351679, (Reception)


Proshika HRDC Trust,
Proshika Bhaban (9th Floor)
I/1- Ga, Section – 2 Mirpur, Dhaka – 1216

These are not any official ranking, the numbers are picked randomly.

Written By
Md.Afzal Hossain

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