About us

Activity for Reformation of Basic Needs, or ARBAN

started working for the socio-economic development of marginalized communities in 2002. We started our first project in central Bangladesh, in Netrokona district, but have since then spread our wings across Bangladesh.

We have remained true to our origins, our spiritual home in the north-western part of greater Mymensingh region. Netrokona district is surrounded by both hills and low-lying wetlands, furnished with scenic natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. 

ARBAN has aimed to develop the community with motivation and skill so that they can find ways to come out of the vicious circle of poverty and ensure a sustainable livelihood. To achieve Its objective, ARBAN especially emphasized on developing the skill of the local youth in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In short, ARBAN is contributing to the process of building a knowledge-based future society at the grassroots of Bangladesh. 

We focus on youth and women and build their capacity as agents of change with an emphasis on sustainable livelihoods.


Vision

ARBAN envisages an educated Bangladesh with a democratic society which is free from poverty and exploitation with equal rights and respect for all in an equitable, justifiable and healthy environment.

Mission

ARBAN is committed to the comprehensive development of deprived, underprivileged and marginalized people (especially women, children, disabled and indigenous ethnic communities) towards establishing a society with respect and a culture of democracy, liberty, equality, justice, peace and solidarity by implementing service delivery and rights-based activities through a participatory and multidimensional partnership approach.

Core values

E-Inclusion & Adaptation
EFFECTIVENESS AND QUALITY
INNOVATION AND CREATIVENESS
PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Unity, Equity and Social Justice
Transparency and Accountability

Membership

Awards

ARBAN has received awards from the Bangladesh government and several nationally and internationally reputable organizations as recognition of its contribution made in the working area through community engagement and technology-based activities. 

the National Youth Award 2019

ARBAN received the National Youth Award 2019 from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for its contribution to Youth Development. 

National Innovation Award

In 2011, ARBAN received National Innovation Award under the category of e-Agriculture & Livelihood for its Infolady program. The award was given by the Department of Information and Communication Technology of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. 

Manthan Award
in 2011

For contribution in building a knowledge-based society, ARBAN’s Infolady program has been given the Asia-based prestigious Manthan Award in 2011 in the category of e-Livelihood. 

the South Asian Youth Solution competition

In 2013 ARBAN has won the honor of participating in the South Asian Youth Solution competition jointly organized by World Bank and Microsoft at Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo as a finalist from Bangladesh, recognizing the contribution in technological skill development of grassroots women. 

best educational institute, Netrokona

In 2016, 2017, 2018, ARBAN ACADEMY has earned recognition from Netrokona District Administration as the best educational institute for its contribution in digital education.

honored in
a national level colorful event

In 2017 ARBAN ACADEMY has been honored in a national level colorful event jointly organized by NETIZEN LIMITED and BIJOY DIGITAL with the recognition of launching the first ever full-fledged digital class room for the primary education in the country.

the Sher-e-Bangla Padak-2018

In the year 2018, Executive Director of ARBAN was given the Sher-e-Bangla Padak-2018 as recognition of his contribution in social services. 

Strength & Capacity

Committed staffs and volunteers
Modern Computer lab with Internet facilities, full time power backup through Solar and Generator
Enabling environment and congenial relationship with local administration at district and upazila level
Relationship of mutual trust among donor and partner
Acceptance and popularity to local community
Effective working relationship with networks and organisations at local and national level

MAJOR OBJECTIVES

■ To reduce triple illiteracy (general, information, ICT ) in the community 

■ To facilitate initiatives aiming for ICT for development (ICT4D). 

■ To initiate and promote awareness programmes for establishing human rights and good governance for deprived people of the society. 

■ To assist poor, landless, marginal farmers with low-income people especially women through savings and initiating productive IGA projects. 

■ To establish women and child rights, eradicate discrimination, protect against violence and support to stop child labor.

■ To facilitate Adibashi (indigenous) community for mainstreaming in the society, supporting cultural  preservation and indigenous peoples’ rights.


ICT Based Social Entrepreneurship for Empowerment