Established in 2000 as an autonomous and ‘not-for-profit’ organization by the Government of Bangladesh, under the Ministry of Finance, the Social Development Foundation (SDF) has grown to become one of the most successful organizations of Bangladesh in poverty alleviation. SDF reinforces multidimensional programs that impact all aspects of the lives of the disadvantaged people, focusing on building sustainable village institutions and empowerment of women. It was registered under the Companies Act-1994 on July 28, 2001.
Since its inception, SDF has been making every effort with need based approaches and professionalism to expand the capabilities of the extreme poor and poor to enhance their economic ability, to live healthy lives, facilitate them to nurture their talents and interests, and above all to afford them an opportunity to live in dignity and with self-respect exercising their rights properly in the society The basic approaches of SDF strengthen the rural communities by building perpetual community based institutions, help raising awareness of the poor, and creating a platform for the disadvantaged to encounter the challenges they face. Our efforts touched the lives of an estimated 6 million people directly and indirectly. We have also made momentous accomplishments in establishing linkages of the poorer section of the society with GO/NGO service providers to leverage their resources, involving the unemployed youths in the development process; and institutionalizing effective learning through participatory process.
With the cherished goals, SDF has been implementing the Social Investment Program Project (SIPP) expanding the scope for the pro-poor for their economic growth through enhancing their income and creating employment opportunities executing Community Driven Development (CDD) approach. It is exploring new ways of delivering critical infrastructure services and social assistance to the rural poor, and building their capacity at village level.
The holistic approach adopted by SDF enables the poor, particularly women, to build, secure and use social assets to improve their well-being, reduce vulnerabilities, take advantage of new opportunities, exercise their rights and play a more active role in the society.
SDF is proud to be part of the development initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh and contributed enormously to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly in its project areas and now is heading towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at an array of issues that include slashing poverty, improve healthy lives and promote well being, bolster education, achieve gender equality, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture and ensure access to water and sanitation.