Rural Development Board (BRDB) under the Ministry of Local Government,
Rural Development and Cooperatives
(LGRD & C) is the largest service oriented institutional setup of
the Government of Bangladesh (GOB), is directly engaged in rural
and poverty alleviation activities in Bangladesh.
based in Dhaka the capital city of Bangladesh
.With 64 District Offices and over 482 Sub-District (Upazila)
Offices across the country. BRDB boasts coverage unmatched by any other
Governmental or non-Governmental organization working in rural
and poverty alleviation in Bangladesh. BRDB closely follows reflects,
supports and reinforces the GOB goal, vision and policies for
socio-economic development vis-à-vis rural development and poverty
reduction in particular.
It operates by organizing small and marginal farmers, asset less men,
and destitute freedom fighters into cooperative societies and/or
and provide them with short and long-term credit, technology for their
socio-economic wellbeing and training. In its provision of services and
support, the BRDB seeks to promote self-sufficient, fully sustainable
income-generating activities amongst the landless,
the rural poor and the marginalized.
The BRDB was established in 1982 and has since then successfully
5.3 million beneficiaries into cooperative societies and informal
groups. It pioneered the two-tier cooperative system and continues to
successfully implement it to alleviate the endemic poverty of
Bangladesh's rural populace.