Ranks 146 of 187 countries in the Human Development Index
Life expectancy at birth: 69 years
ADD established: 1994
Country Director: Mosharraf Hossain
Number of disabled people’s organisations ADD works with: 133
Number of DPO members: 17,474
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was signed on 09.05.07 and ratified on 30.11.07.
Prior to the formation of an organised disability movement, people with disabilities were subject to neglect, oppression, violence and discrimination. Children and women were the worst affected – shunned by their own families because of cultural taboos and superstition. For disabled children, education was a rarity.
In 1995, ADD’s work began with 73 people with disabilities in 12 villages in the remote Kushtia district and thus the disability movement began with a handful of dedicated people. With limited resources, the growth of the movement over the last 15 years is due only to the commitment and determination of people with disabilities.
After DPOs were established at grassroot level, two organisations were formed at the national level: the National Grassroots Disability Organisation and the National Council of Disabled Women. ADD continues to support these two organisations to strengthen their ability to achieve their own goals.
Over the years, ADD’s input into the growth of the disability movement includes:
Building the capacity of DPO’s to fundraise, organise and manage campaigns for social change and advocate and influence Linking the disability movement into the international movementCarrying out advocacy campaigns with bilateral and multilateral donors to secure funding support for DPOs.
There are now DPOs in more than 25 of the 64 districts of Bangladesh and covering nearly one third of the country.