Reaching the unreached.

Cultural taboos and superstition often lead to disabled people being shunned by their families in Bangladesh. ADD International works to enable disabled people living in poverty to come together and campaign for their right to independence, equality and opportunity.

Here you can learn more about the country, meet the inspiring people we work with, see what we do and what we aim to achieve.

The issues we face.

Worldwide, people living in poverty are often deprived of their social, political and civic rights such as access to services, the power to vote or legal representation. Disabled people are at risk of even further exclusion. We strive to reach out to disabled people living in poverty in hard to reach areas.

In Bangladesh we work with groups of disability activists (known as Disabled People’s Organisations or DPOs) and we focus on issues such as:

Gender-based violence.

50% of disability activists in Bangladesh are women, who often experience abuse, exploitation and double discrimination because of their disability and their gender. We support organisations tailored to the specific issues facing these women.

Education for all.

Most children with disabilities are still excluded from enrolment in schools. This has high social and economic costs for the country. We help parents to access inclusive schools and we campaign for government to include disability rights in national education policies.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Improving access to safe water improves the health of families and communities. The design and technology behind sanitation services need to address the requirements of people with disabilities in order to end poverty for everyone.

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Who we work with.

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Bangladesh facts. A long way to go.

Many in poverty.

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with a significant number of people living below the poverty line. 40% of the population live on less than $1.25 per day. 


Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As a low-lying country, floods and river erosion are regular occurrences, leaving thousands homeless and vulnerable.

Gender imbalance

Women contribute to 52.7% of the country’s economic activity yet on average men earn twice as much as their female counterparts.

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How do we work?

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Disability in Bangladesh. The situation.

Ongoing cycle.

Many people become disabled because of poverty and, due to limited resources and being excluded from the job market, disabled people are often unable to get out of poverty.

Political engagement.

In 2007/8 people with disabilities were included on the electoral register for the first time. However, political parties do not favour the involvement of disabled people in politics.

Exclusion continues.

Despite new legislation and improved understanding of disabled people, they continue to be seen as ‘incapable’.

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