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We started our journey in 1988 with a noble vision to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. Being a peoples' centered organization, ESDO envisioned for a society which will be free from inequality and injustice, a society where no child will cry from hunger and no life will be ruined by poverty. Near about three decades of relentless efforts to make this happen, ESDO has embraced new grounds and opened up new horizons to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people to bring meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. During this long span, ESDO has adapted with the changing situation and provided the most time-bound services especially for the poor and disadvantaged. A community focused and people centered approach has been adapted by ESDO while consideration was given to the national policy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its guiding principle.

Staff Member

Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman is the Founder and Executive Director of Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO) – a renowned Bangladeshi NGO that has been working on integrated development for under privileged and marginalized people for more than three decades. Dr. Zaman has long experience in initiating community based alliances to tackle the deep-rooted causes of deprivation. He has highly research background. As a professional researcher he has great interest on climate change, disasters, social work and peace and conflict transformation. He has presented many papers nationally and internationally. Dr. Zaman awarded several gold medals and awards for his excellent academic performance. He has several publications in different national and international journals. He has worked extensively on climate change, disasters, social work and peace and conflict transformation with the close collaboration with Government, Local Government, INGOs, NGOs, and different civil society groups including private sectors. As a Chief Executive of a National NGO, he has worked closely on the SDGs agenda in Bangladesh

He is holding the position of membership as i) Founder Chairman, Eco-School & College ii) Chairman, Lokayan Livelihood Museum iii) Chairman, Moulana Bhasani Library iv) Founder Chairman, Child Labour Elimination Action Network (CLEAN), v) Life Member, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), vi) Secretary, Field Education, Bangladesh Council for Social Work Education vii) Executive Member, Center for Action Research, viii) Life Member, Bangladesh Red-Crescent Society, ix) Executive Member, Credit & Development Forum (CDF), x) Chairman, Networking for Inclusion and Empowerment of Dalits and Adibashis in North-West of Bangladesh (NNMC), xi) Member, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), xii) Member, Early Childhoods Development network (ECDN), xiii) Member, Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB), xiv) Member, Food Security Cluster-Bangladesh, xv) Member, CSA for SUN- BD, xvi) President, Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB), Thakurgaon District. In addition, I am directly working with Government of Bangladesh through Committee member of i) Divisional Child Rights Committee ii) Divisional Water & Sanitation Committee, iii) Member, District Health Service Committee, Thakurgaon, iv) Member, District Anti Drug Committee, Thakurgaon, v) Member, District Women Development Committee, Thakurgaon, v) Member, District Women and Children Trafficking Protection Task force, Thakurgaon, vi) Member, District Khash Land Distribution Committee, Thakurgaon, vii) Member, District Disaster Management Committee.

He obtain Ph.D in 2010: Under University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Title of the PhD: Monga: Hunger Grips the Northwest Region of Bangladesh under institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka.

Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil) in 2003 from University of Dhaka titled "Development Through Participatory Approach: A Study on some Agro-based Extension Program" under Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka.

Completed Masters of Social Welfare and stood 1st Class 1st from institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka.

Bachelors (Honors) of Social welfare from institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka and places Faculty 1ST & 1ST Class 1ST.

i. Para-Professional Social Work: an effective Paradigm shift towards Community Development to Sustainable Development: The International Conference on "Prospects and Challenges of Development in Developing Countries", held on July 19, 2019, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
ii. Youth Empowerment through Social Work: Prospect in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Council for Social Work Education (BCSWE) 14th to 15th March 2019 at the Senate Bhaban of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
iii. Identity, Discrimination and Social Exclusion in North Western Bangladesh: Role of Social Work Practitioners, International Conference on Social Work and Sustainable Social Development’ 2018, Department of Social Work Shahjalal University of Science & Technology Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh, January 4, 5 & 6, 2018
iv. Building Community Association & Recreation Services for the Elderly People, Bangladesh National Conference on Policy Implementation of Population Ageing, Organized by: Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and HelpAge International, October 22, 2017
v. Clinical-Community Para-Professional Social Work: An Outline for Overcoming Mental Health Problem of Bangladesh: Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka., 4 October, 2016
vi. Moving Out of Low Productivity Trap: Investing at the Bottom Of the Pyramid Palli Karma-Shawayk Foundation (PKSF), International Seminar, Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, October, 2014
vii. Support for the Social Victims: An ESDO Experience, National Seminar on Restorative Justice in Bangladesh: Challenges and Prospects, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh: May, 2014:
viii. From Exclusion to Mainstream: Paradigm Shift Towards Maternal and Neo Natal Health in Hard to Reach Areas of Bangladesh: Best Practices of ESDO International Conference on Humanities, Literature and Economics (ICHLE), Bangkok, Thailand (January, 2014)
ix. Exclusion and Dalit Rights Movement in Bangladesh: Perspective of Social Work Practice: The 4th International Conference on Human Rights Education Chang Fo-chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (November,2013)
x. Indigenous Social Work-Philanthropic Initiatives to Professional Social Work: The Existing Practices and Gaps: Bangladesh Context. International Social Work Conference, Penang, Malaysia (organized by USM, Malaysia) (November, 2012)
xi. Exclusion and Dalit Rights Movement in Bangladesh: Perspective of Social Work Practice: Bangladesh Council of Social Work Education (BCSWE), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Dhaka University, (March 2012)
xii. Field Research in Disaster Management: Voice from North Western Bangladesh. International Humanitarian Conference 2011(Malaysia)

i. Dham (Bengali), Goddo Poddo, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February, 2019
ii. Unish Shotoker Banagaleer Nobo Jagoron, Samprodaikota o Bangali Jati Sottar Unmesh (Bengali) (The revolution of Bengali Nations on Ninetienth Century, Communalism & Nation Building of Bengali), Goddo Poddo, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February,2013
iii. Brikkho Bondona (Bengali) (selected Poems on Tree), Goddo Poddo, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February, 2011
iv. Mofossholer Moddhobittoder Japito Jibon (Bengali) (Livelihood Patterns of middle class families in semi- urban areas of Bangladesh) Goddo Poddo, Dhaka, bangladesh, February, 2011

Staff Member

Selima Akhter

Director (Administration)

She is the Director (Administration), ESDO & Principal, Eco College, She is a professional member of i) Member, Social Welfare Alumni Association in Bangladesh, University of Dhaka ii) Member, Bangladesh Council for Social Work Education, iii) Member Secretary, Center for Women Development iv) Board Member, The Daily Lokayan Trust (v) Executive Member, Bangladesh Kinder Garten Association vi) Life Member of Thakurgaon, Public Library. vii) Life Member, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society viii) Member , Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

She has completed her Graduation (Honours) & Masters in Social Welfare from Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka. She has completed Masters of Philoshophy (M.Phil) from University of Dhaka and her Thesis Title: Political Empowerment of Women: A review on 10 Union Parishad women member under Thakurgaon District. Now, as a Phd Research Fellow under Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka and her research Title: Women in NGO: An In depth Study. As a Practioner, Academician & Researcher she participated many national & International Seminar and published her articles on International Journals. With the leadership of her Eco College and Pathshala achieve the "British Council awarded her as Global School Leadership Award" in 2018.

Staff Member

Abu Azam Noor

Program & HR

Staff Member

Atal Kumar Majumder

Program Coordinator

Staff Member

Jaminy Kumar Ray

Program Coordinator
By Literal Project

Staff Member

Abul Mansur Sarker

Assistant Program Coordinator