The acronym INCIDIN Bangladesh stands for Integrated Community & Industrial Development Initiative in Bangladesh. INCIDIN Bangladesh launched its program in 1995, as a research organization and advocacy organization. INCIDIN Bangladesh is presently representing South Asia on the Board of Inco (civil society advisory body to the follow-up of UN study on Violence against Children). It works with UNICEF, ILO and Save the Children as research and evaluation expert/consultant on issues concerning children’s rights. As an Advocacy and Research based organization, INCIDIN Bangladesh is working through three distinct but interlinked divisions of work to achieve its objectives. These three divisions are:
Industrial Development Division
INCIDIN Bangladesh believes in perusing the goal of industrial development through the creation of Small and Rural Industries (SRI) and a supportive marketing network of the marginal rural producers, in line with the need and capabilities of different communities, as well as, in harmony with the structure and need of the national economy. At present the major activities of this division is centered on protecting and promoting people’s rights in the process of globalization: Campaign for Peoples Right in Liberalization (CPRL),
Marginalized Farmers Rights Campaign (Our Agriculture is Our Life).
Community Development Division
INCIDIN Bangladesh, considers the problem of child labour; children engaged in hazardous works, child victims of trafficking and both commercial and non-commercial sexual abuse, as one of the most urgent agenda of community development. INCIDIN Bangladesh deals with the problem of child labour employing both the preventive and curative methods.
Programs under this division are: Misplaced Childhood (MC), a drop-in centre for sexually exploited street children; Safe Night Shelter for Street Boys, Benarasi School Program, a formal school for children of the Bihari community working in sari waving factories and Prevention of Child Trafficking through Community Strengthening and Networking.
Action Research Division
INCIDIN Bangladesh also participates in other social researches as a part of its community development programs. The function of the researches is two-fold: Firstly, they support both the macro and micro level planners to formulate development strategies. Secondly, they help INCIDIN Bangladesh to chalk-out its intervention policy regarding the relevant sectors. The overriding goal of the activities is to empower people through building capacity of research, planning, monitoring and evaluation. At present the major research focus lies on:
- Trafficking and Migration (internal and cross boarder),
- Child rights and sexual exploitation of children,
- Labour rights and the impact of international trade policies on Bangladesh workers and farmers,
- People’s Organization.
INCIDIN Bangladesh over the years has acquired extensive experience in evaluating and strategic planning of several programs of NGOs, GOs and donor agencies. Furthermore, INCIDIN Bangladesh provides support to small rural NGOs and activist groups in participatory strategic planning, developing monitoring and evaluation system and building capacity of the small initiatives in carrying forward such activities. Networking and cooperation:
INCIDIN Bangladesh holds active membership in the following forums and networks:
- Chair, NACG Bangladesh
- Chair, ATSEC Bangladesh
- International NGO Council
- Anti-Trafficking Network Bangladesh
- UNESCAP Resource Group
- Regional Committee on Inclusive Education of UNESCO
- Helpers Association of Psycho-social Counseling and Rehabilitation, Bangladesh
- Migration and Trafficking Thematic Group (regional group)
- Bangladesh Migration and Development Forum
- Bangladesh Counter Trafficking Thematic Group, facilitated by IOM.
- INCIDIN Bangladesh as lead agency implementing a consortium with BNWLA, CPD, Nari Maitree, Rights Jessore and SEEP for the project titled “Prevention of Child Trafficking through Community and Networking” with partnership of Terre des Hommes Netherlands.