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Community Organizations Uttaran


Uttaran, which means ‘transition’, in Bangla language, is a people centred organisation using a rights based approach to alleviate poverty, diversify livelihood opportunities and empower poor communities throughout the southwest region and gradually expanding to other parts of Bangladesh.  The core focus of Uttaran programs are human rights, land rights and agrarian reform, community based river basin management, sustainable water management, adaptation to climate change, ecological agriculture and food security.

Our vision & mission​

Uttaran’s vision and mission reflects our aspiration to work in partnership with local communities and vulnerable individuals to reduce poverty and improve lives.

Vision: A society with gender, class and caste equality.

Mission: Equip the disadvantaged people with the tools needed to deal with their social, environmental, health, economic and cultural issues and concerns.


We develop our strategies in partnership with local communities and marginalized groups. This people centered approach is vital to making sure that we are able to fulfill our goals.

  • Eradicate poverty by creating enabling environment for income, asset base for the poor
  • Promote environment friendly sustainable agricultural practices 
  • Ensure education, health services to the underprivileged and extreme poor
  • Ensure people’s participation and good governance 
  • Ensure quality of life in time of natural and artificially created disaster
  • Promote equality, human rights and social justice 


  • Organization and capacity building for the poor
  • Ensure sustainable livelihood practices for women and poor
  • Ensure women and poor’s entitlement to social services (education, health, safety net)
  • Raising voice, influence and agency of poor through advocacy, campaigns, lobbying and networking
  • Mainstreaming of rights, gender and inclusion issues 
  • Building pro poor partnership
  • Result Based Management (RBM) practices 


  • Accountability and transparency
  • Non-discrimination and mutual respect
  • Gender equality
  • Commitment
  • Team spirit
  • Creativity
  • Conservation of resource


Mamun Rashid


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Report on National level Consultation Meeting on National Land Policy_Bangladesh

Policy Papers & Briefs
Julho, 2016

A National Level Consultation meeting on draft National Land Policy conducted on August 8, 2016. The national level consultation meeting was jointly organized by Strengthening Access to Land Equality for All Citizens of Bangladesh Project and Sustainable Access to Land Equality Project. With the leadership of Ministry of Land, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh along with 12 relevant ministries has been working in the technical committee for drafting the policy.

Marginalized people's accesss to Land in Bangladesh

Training Resources & Tools
Maio, 2016

Utaran began work on the Sustainable Access to Land Equality (SALE) project to ensure transparency and accountability in land governance in December 2012. The project engaged communiies in three pilot upazilas - Amtali Upazila of Barguna District, Mohanpur of Rajshahi, and Sadar of Jamalpur - to raise the awareness of vulnerable landowners about land administraion, and to effect transparent processes for a) selecing landless people and b) khasland setlement.

Inauguration Ceremony of the Integrated Digital Land Record System in Bangladesh

Conference Papers & Reports
Abril, 2016

Developing a coherent Institutional Arrangement at Upazilla Level through Integrated Digital Land Record System (IDLRS) is a crucial works have been accomplished in regard to developing a coordinated institutional arrangement through IDLRS. The most important is bringing IDLRS into a state where test operation has started consistent with the schedule and modalities that was acceptable to the AC Land Office, Sub-Register Office and other Land Offices in Manirampur. This work involved 1.The development of software, 2. Ensuring that necessary hardware and infrastructure are in place, 3.

Capacity Assessment of Land Administration and Management in Bangladesh: Critical Reflections on Institutional Processes, Capabilities and Gaps

Reports & Research
Fevereiro, 2016

Capacity of local land administration has to be addressed for further strengthening the governance system with a view to deriving the benefits of socio-economic, political and cultural development for the common people of this country. It is true that in Bangladesh, voice in favour of effective land administration and management is becoming louder at the national level. Representatives of LGIs, development workers, civil society members and international development partners, time and again, are raising and firmly advocating this long-drawn issue at policy level.

Poster on Digital Survey and Settlement for public education in Bangladesh

Institutional & promotional materials
Setembro, 2015

Uttaran is implementing a project titled, Sustainable Access to Land Equality-SALE' with support of European Union. SALE is the civil society component of overall access to land project that is lead by Department of Land Records and Surveys (DLRS) and Ministry of Land in Bangladesh. SALE partners are taking the main responsibility of the public awareness of vulnerable land owners, capacity support to make the vulnerable land owners sensitive land administration, to pilot transparent landless people selection and state land settlement to landless people.