Achievements

  • In 2019, as the first Bangladeshi entity, Rupantar received the Global Pluralism Award by the Global Centre for Pluralism for Rupantar’s hard work to promote diversity & pluralistic ideologies.
  • Rupantar has trained about 10,000 elected local government officials and 15,000 community leaders of 500 LGI in service delivery and promotion of good governance and democracy.
  • 32 Women Organizations have been functioning as active agencies of poor and disadvantaged women with the political agenda of grassroots rural women at 32 Union Parishads of Rampal and Mongla Sub-districts under Bagerhat district and Batiaghata & Dacope sub-districts of Khulna district with the assistance of Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation. 26% of women are positioning in local level structures with significant roles in local-level decision-making processes particularly in the service delivery area in fav or of poor and disadvantaged women and men. Women candidacy for all seats in LGIs particularly in general member’s seats increased significantly. The poor and disadvantaged women and men have been serving regularly by the negotiation and advocacy roles of women organizations.  15% of total populations have direct supportive roles to the Nari Bikash Kendra (NBK) and 66% of the total population indirectly addressed by the women organizations that is clear evidence of affecting social and political contexts. The women leaders have significant roles to combat Violence against women and eradication of child marriage through their vibrant existence in local arbitration process as well as influencing the referral mechanism of Legal Aid Committees.
  • In the Southwestern coastal zones of Bangladesh, Rupantar has supported 330,000 people from 60,000 households under post-disaster emergency response initiatives. Over 5 million people have been provided with awareness education and training on disaster preparedness and mitigation.
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Bio-Diversity Conservation: Over 300,000 people in Southwestern Bangladesh have been provided with awareness and knowledge on adaptation to climate change and the importance and best practices for biodiversity conservation through action research. 700 community-based organizations (CBOs) have been trained on small-scale water resources management.
  • Rupantar has raised awareness on human rights, violence against women, and child rights issues to 325,000 people in 49 districts including in the areas of trafficking-in-persons (TIP).
  • Rupantar is the pioneer in resuscitating the Pot song in Bangladesh in the year 1996 and the present form of the Pot song is the invention of Rupantar. Rupantar expanded Pot song to Europe and East Asia.
  • Resuscitation of Folk Culture Forms and Methods: Rupantar resuscitated more than 10 folk forms and developed them for use through which development messages are reached to over 1.5 million people annually through folk songs, Pot Songs, Gamvira, Theatre performances, and other folk forms.
  • Rupantar started Community Learning Program (CLP) in Bangladesh and Nepal partnership with community radios in Bangladesh and Nepal with the collaboration of AMARC Asia- Pacific.