Executive Director’s Note

ISDCM has gone through a process of development and growth during the last few years. One of the significant aspects of this process has been implementation of number of projects. In the process of implementation of the projects ISDCM’s involvement has been very deep and the community response was very positive.

ISDCM has developed expertise in arsenic mitigation emergency response projects through alternative water options, community development, communication skill through social mobilizers, community motivators and other technical staff. It has also developed institutions at local levels which may be used for different development activities.

ISDCM has also completed Community Based Village Piped Water Supply in Ujirpur village of Damurhuda Upazila as pilot project. This was an experimental project in the rural area and created a sensational atmosphere among the rural people.

ISDCM has its Branch Offices for community development project on mircro-finance activities on partnership with ASA in Singra, Kaliganj, Bagatipara and Sadar of Natore district, Dhamrai of Dhaka district and Manikganj Sadar of Manikganj district. Beside that there are project offices at Homna of Comilla and Damurhuda of Comilla and Chuadanga districts respectively with properly trained staff.

With the passage of time ISDCM strategy to help local people having initiative and drive to develop their skills and social awareness has worked very well which may contribute towards sustainable development.

Joint review system has been institutionalized to make assessment of progress of work, identify problems and make necessary adjustments to improve performance at the field level. The joint review process has been extremely helpful to be aware of weakness and strength of the field performances of the community and ISDCM staff. Besides the system of monthly progress report has been extremely helpful to keep the planned activities updated.

No independent evaluation of project has yet taken place but occasional rapid assessment was done. Field visits by donor representatives and partners revealed that the project activities have good impact on the community where the projects have been implemented.

Thanks to ISDCM dedicated staff who are contributing to the overall growth and development of the organization under difficult circumstances.

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This is the Seventh Annual Report of ISDCM. ISDCM has been steadily growing and contributing towards the overall socio-economic development of the country as a partner in the process of development. Our Annual Report previously used to cover the activities of fiscal year. The present report covers the activities of July 2004 to December 2004 along with the activities of calendar year 2005. During the period under review ISDCM has gained experience in implementation of Flood Emergency Response Project (FERP) assisted by UNICEF in thirty upazilas of five districts in Bangladesh. In addition, it has conducted a field survey and situation analysis of stranded Pakistani people in Syedpur Camps in order to explore the possibility of undertaking a Micro-finance project with the assistance of an agency called OBAT Helpers Inc., USA. More emphasis and priority has been given to activities such as Health, Nutrition, Education, Water, Sanitation, Environment, Non-formal Education, promotion and advocacy on Child Rights, Women empowerment, HIV / AIDS etc. It has also continued emphasis on institutional development at grass root level. It has actively supported the existing government programmes in various ways. It has established solid work-relationship with the government departments at national and sub-national levels and built up networking with other organizations. This annual Report thus presents an account of these accomplished activities. Mr. Mohd. Nurul Islam Laskar, Deputy Director Programme has put lot of efforts to prepare the report with the assistance of Mr. Manujendra Khan Sarker, Administrative Officer. Both of them deserve special appreciation.

The report may be useful for ISDCM itself and other agencies having similar activities. Comments and suggestions on the report will be most welcome.

Manjur-ul Alam