|Full Name||Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
|Physical address||BPKS Complex, H#17, Hatimbag
|Contact Persons||Abdus Sattar Dulal
|Contact Persons phone and email||Phone: +8801711595049 (first massage)
|Governance||BPKS registered with different government authorities, governed democratically by boards called ‘National Council’ and ‘National Executive Council’. The Executive Council is constituted by 7 members’ representatives with disabilities and National Council is 27 members’ representatives with disabilities nominated by district level organizations of persons with disabilities ’s (OPDs).
BPKS conduct election regularly to form NEC by every 3 years tenure through forming a 5 members election commission. It decide about Executive Director of BPKS and approve policies, constitutional amendment, yearly plan and budget, yearly report including general audit report and other matters in yearly meetings.
|Headquarter Location||BPKS managing from the Complex (headquarter) of 60 decimals of land with 8 storied building facilities protected by boundary which is eco-friendly including office, conference, seminar, dining, training and accommodation. It is located 3.5 kilometres east direction of International Airport of Dhaka.
|BPKS Management||Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director) is the top management of the organization. Auxiliary of the management is structured in four functional divisions namely (a) Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (PME&R) division; (b) Program Implementation (PI) division; (c) Human Resource Management (HRM) division; (d) Administration and Finance (AF) division. The role of Executive Director includes: –
· Maintain Member Secretary role to NC and NEC
· Responsible to raise funds and deposit to Bank Account
· Personnel management
· Approve income and expenditure documents
· Official signatory and representative of BPKS
· Issue executive orders and instructions
· Preserve all relevant documents, deeds and files
· Call of all constitutional meetings
· Update the status of BPKS-to-BPKS Chairman
· Prepare and submit different proposal in the meeting of NC or NEC
|BPKS Staffs||36 including 51% are Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) at headquarter
|BPKS is a fundamental national organization of PWDs, fully governed and led by their representatives with disabilities, that ensures safeguard of their ownership, effective representation, non-influenced decision with democratic practiced, and recognition of OPDs.
|Background||Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS), as a pioneer OPD came into existence in 1985 as an initiative of Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal. It is a Non-governmental and voluntary national OPD that represented by all types of disabled men and women and plays the role to safeguard the principles and rights of PWDs working to ensure equal rights, opportunities and inclusive development process, so that they can play a responsible role and contribute in nation building activities as an equal citizen.
BPKS is proud with appreciation for its supporters, BPKS members, the governments, development partners and national and international networking organizations in continuing their cooperation in its mission.
|Activities||BPKS act as national resource organization, undertakes the following interventions: –
– Promotion of grassroots initiatives of PWDs
– Provide exemplary and start up support including of emergency including covid affected PWDs and promotion of health, skilled development, livelihood and employment (Job placement)
– Conduct research, organize awareness and advocacy
– Conduct research and networking and disseminate information
– Conduct training on PWDs rights, PWDs intellectual capacities, professionals’ and responsible parties’ capacity building on inclusive development and different issues
– Promotion of women with disabilities’ leadership and their inclusion
– Formation and development of PWDs grassroots organizations and their capacity building
– Provide home-based therapy, assistive devices, referral services for specialist medical intervention, disability identification and prevention camps.
– Provide education support, arrange access to existing facilities, develop education materials, tuition and nutrition allowance and installed ramps
– Install accessible, sanitary latrines and tube wells.
|Vision||BPKS envisions that all persons with disabilities enjoy happiness with dignity in a barrier-free Society.
|Mission||A non-government national organization of all types of PWDs, committed to directly work with PWDs to enable them to contribute to the development of a non-discriminatory society for all.
|Goal||Ensure equality and opportunity in all activities for PWDs through ensuring the attainment of their equal rights, access to all opportunities and full participation in nation-building activities.
|Development Approach||Persons with Disabilities’ Self-Initiative to Development (PSID) is a PWDs driven, rights-based, holistic development approach that lifting persons with all types of disabilities as center of the development and empowers them to take responsibility for the initiation, participation and ownership of the development process to ensure society is useful for all at any situation. It affirms that PWDs can effectively contribute to this process when able to enjoy the same opportunities as other citizens of a nation. PSID recognizes that disability issues are preventable, PWDs issues are rights, development and contributory issues and the success of PWDs accelerates the overall development of a nation.
PSID Conceptual Frame:
PSID offers a practical approach to the development of PWDs with proven results. The synergy of its three main concepts that leads to the implementation of strategies in order to obtain the desired results. Because of its guiding principles, it is systematic in nature and can be replicated to produce similar outcomes in different locations.
|BPKS Belief||BPKS asserts that the rights of the PWDs of all age including children are to be established at any costs, and that they get nothing less than equal opportunity compared to non-disabled person.
|Members||BPKS has proven track record as such, BPKS has facilitated to establish National Alliance of Persons with disabilities ’s Organization – NADPO, a network of DPOs in Bangladesh and is member of it. BPKS is also holds membership with the Persons with disabilities ’s International – DPI, International Abilympic Federation (IAF), Workability International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHHYP), Commonwealth Persons with disabilities s’ Forum (CDPF), Asia Pacific Persons with disabilities ’s Organization United (AP-DPO United).|
|Primary Beneficiaries: Women and men with all types of disabilities
Secondary Beneficiaries: The parents and family members of PWDs are considered as secondary beneficiaries. Through actions of BPKS involving their PWDs family members, standard of living is also improved of other members of family.
Tertiary Beneficiaries: As PWDs become empowered to make change in their own lives and the lives of general people in the areas, the activities reach through awareness among other community people- 50% population in its action areas somewhat benefited. The community as a whole also benefits from the intervention through positive information on disabilities and development, prevention of disabilities and from the positive impact PWDs make in improving the community. In addition, the policy makers, civil society representatives, professionals will gain knowledge and encouragement through their participation into district and national level activities of the project. PWDs become integrated into the community by undertaking projects, which benefits not only themselves but also the community.
It is not only contributing to develop PWDs, but also creates image through media coverage for awareness at national level by which millions of people hear about the project and the project also influence on development and human rights at worldwide.
|Summary of BPKS Milestones Achievements
|BPKS developed 2000 grassroots organizations of PWDs with 41,000 disabled members who represent 23 respective district level OPD, registered with the government. BPKS established 16 resource centers in those districts. BPKS existence as persons with disabilities ’s organization in country and its performance contribute increasingly to eliminate unacceptable and unethical concept, discrimination, inhuman work, barriers and lack of fundamental rights and grow attention among all people in terms of improving the knowledge and responsibilities about PWDs.
In addition, BPKS support millions of disabled and non-disabled persons, BPKS specific incentives supports (for example capital supports) directly change lives of 250,000 people with disabilities, indirect supports (for example teachers received orientation and training) with or without disabilities received benefits 550,000 persons including 32 thousand professionals that includes 1700 journalists, 28000 children with disabilities enrollment in schools with providing family counselling, teachers and schools management committee members training, education materials, nutrition supports etc. From 1985 BPKS program at least 300 time was covered by electronic media, more than 550 advocacy meeting conducted with all authorities of bangladesh including President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Parliament Members, Bangladesh Bank Governor, Secretaries, different Commissions Chairman such as election and public service commission etc. and more than 100 national seminars organized. 80% of total population somewhat aware on disability, PWDs rights and development and perception regarding PWDs rights and development among the leaders and policy makers of the country improve positively. Civil society, professionals gain knowledge and motivations. So, that PWDs increasingly inclusive into different actions and importantly PWDs by themselves came out by breaking of their bounded situation and overcoming by addressing all their challenges.
|1985: BPKS established
1986: BPKS introduced program on job placement for persons with disabilities employment and sports
1987: BPKS introduced different recreational and cultural events.
1988: Registered with department of social welfare, government of Bangladesh.
1989: Commencement of district level activity in Tangail, Manikganj and Chandpur district and published first Newsletter of BPKS entitled ‘Protibondhi Barta’.
1990: Registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau to operate with foreign assistance under the Foreign Donations and National Workshop Organized.
1991: Established at 10 districts activities in country and achieve the membership of national coordination committee first time formed by BG.
1992: 1st ever BPKS delegate meet with BD President and submit 5-point proposal, 3rd December as IDD 1st time observed jointly with Bangladesh government and started computer skilled training for PWDs 1st time.
1993: Hosted the 11th Asia-Pacific Regional Leadership Training Seminar with 40 country participants, DPOs management training with support of UNESCAP for 16 Country and drafted the “National Policy on Disability” and submitted to the BG.
1994: Achieve 2 Membership position with “National Coordination Committee on Disability” formed by BG.
1995: Action on Disability and Development (ADD) Bangladesh office established with assistance of BPKS.
1996: Introduced the Disabled Persons Self-Initiative to Development (PSID) approach, National Action Plan 1996 and approved by Government, BPKS handed over 1st draft law to the deputy leader of the parliament, 1st National Leadership Training, education allowance and reader support for blind student introduced.
1997: BPKS complex established, 1st international volunteer received, 15 October 1st White Cane Safety Day observed and seminar was organized, 1st time in Bangladesh workshop on promotion women with disability employment organized and a national network formed with representatives of WWDs.
|2000: Published first issue of ‘One for All’, the quarterly newsletter on PSID.
2003: Six (6) DPOs graduated and registered with the government, 1st National Seminar on Engagement of WWDs into Development held with 150 participants.
2005: BPKS participation instrumental in drafting of the Bangladesh Government PRSP Plan, 1st time National Seminar to Engage Journalist on Persons with disabilities s’ Rights held and Establishment of NADPO – National Allianceof Persons with disabilities ’s Organizations as national network of persons with disabilities ’s organizations by BPKS.
2006: The first largest National Congregation of Persons with disabilities held with participation of over 100,000PWDs from across the county at Palton Moydan, Dhaka
2007: Women with Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF) established, BPKS leadership unanimously elected Global Secretary of DPI, it was instrumental Roundtable on Electoral Access for the persons with disabilities ’ with NDI, USA where most of the political parties’ participated, BPKS advocate to ensure signature of UNCRPD and Series policy dialogue conducted with different Government Stockholders and Ministries focusing to ensure UNCRPD signed by the BG.
2008: “One for All International Seminar” on PSID held in Dhaka with participation of 17 donors’ nations and First time meet with most of led political parties including AL, BNP to promote inclusive political party.
2009: “PSID Worldwide Department” established to replicate PSID in other countries, BPKS instrumental in organizing training for Dhaka City Corporation staffs, UNCRPD Seminar organized where most of the stakeholder’s representatives participated.
2010: 25 years anniversary of BPKS marked, 2nd national congregation of persons with disabilities held with participation of about 100,000 persons with disabilities from across the country at historical poltan moydan in Dhaka, best practice of PSID award given to 7 successful leaders and 4 organizations (DPODs and DPOs) at National Press club, Dhaka and BPKS leadership delegate meets with Prime Minister of Bangladesh and submit 13-point proposal to promote policy, opportunity and participation of persons with disabilities .
2011: SADF (South Asian Disability Forum) formed by Regional Leadership Conference held at BPKS, BPKS story added in “World Report on Disability 2011” published by WHO, 1st National Budget consultation meeting with Finance Minister of Bangladesh started under initiatives of BPKS leadership.
2012: BPKS Founder Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal is honored with UN Disability Rights Champion Award, BPKS was instrumental to ensure Disability Inclusion in Programs for UNHCR program and BPKS leadership delegates meet with Honorable Bangladesh President and submit 13-point demand to promote PWDs rights and opportunity in country.
2013: BPKS recognized by Department of State of United States, BPKS participation instrumental in drafting of PWDs rights and protection law 2013, Bangladesh and DPOs achieved their long-term strategic plan and organizational profile with support of BPKS.
2014: First workshop held with leading Employers’ agencies representatives for promotion of PWDs employment in Bangladesh with all chamber’s leaders including FBCCI president, 1st National seminar on young women with disability leadership to development organized.
2015: Hosted the World Council Meeting of DPI (Persons with disabilities s’ International) at BPKS, 1st time local government level consultation started at all districts, subdistrict and some unions levels, 1st National Seminar on “Rights of Disabled Woman and Child was organized with 250 percipients including 169 senior government officials, BPKS leader delivered speech at ceremony of 70th anniversary of UN and International Day of persons with disabilities dated 3/12/2015, BPKS promote disabled persons cricket team.
2016: BPKS initiatives open new window to ensure jobs for PWDs in garments sector in Bangladesh that ultimately creating revolutionary impact in contributing to country economy, 1st time in Bangladesh, 2 days Job Fair in Krishibid Institution of capital city – Dhaka where 5 thousand of PWDs and 50 employers participated in the fair.
2017: BPKS started to appoint “BPKS Volunteer Ambassadors” which are honorable representatives at different developed country to support BPKS work, BPKS JAPAN established.
2018: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Begum Rokeya University (BRU), Rangpur and BPKS signed for the purpose of promotion and developing students on disability and development of independent department under BRU, Rangpur. BPKS conduct national lottery for local fund raising, Australia Awards Program included disabled persons scholarship by BPKS consultation, BPKS Consumer Ltd. Established by BPKS as a profit-making business setup.
2019: Excellencies Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador of Sweden and Sidsel Bleken of Ambassador of Norway learned about disability, situation and challenges of disabled persons rights and development and role of OPD by BPKS consultation.
2020: BPKS provide capital supports to 120 disabled persons who are affected by Covid-19 to restore their small business, UNDESA accepted the profile of “Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)” on the ESA Civil Society System.