Resource Integration Center (RIC)

Bangladesh

Email: info@ric-bd.org

Website: http://www.ric-bd.org

Tel: +880-2-8118475 Fax: +880-2-8142803

Contact person:
Abul Haseeb Khan: ricdirector@yahoo.com

About:

The Resource Integration Center (RIC) was established in 1981 and is mainly a human rights organisation. RIC focuses on advocating for the vulnerable, older people of Bangladesh. RIC was first established by a group of politically left activists in 1981. In the mid-1980s Abul Haseeb Khan, the key figure of the democratic Anti-Erahsad movement, joined RIC and transformed the organisation to support the process of people’s empowerment to strengthen the positive human rights trends nationally.

RIC organisational direction has always been led by human and women rights activists. The previous chair of RIC was Hamida Hossain, a leading human rights activist in Bangladesh. The current chair is the well-known female researcher Rozana Akhter who is also a member of Bangladesh’s environment movement Bangladesh Poribesh Andalon (BAPA) and other forums of women rights activism.

Areas of work:

RIC’s work led to the establishment of a ‘Forum for the Rights of Elderly Bangladeshi’ and strengthens
advocacy on older people’s issues. RIC established the older citizen committee to defend older people’s human rights in Bangladesh. RIC also works on the rights of the urban poor population, access to justice, child rights and also other development issues.

Main lines of work:

• Establish older people human rights issues,
• Support the Forum for the Rights of Elderly Bangladeshi’ secretariat, publish newsletter, develop policy brief, keep solidarity and network with the actors who engage internationally on older people’s human rights,
• Provide input to the Older People Association (OPA) which works to defend human rights, and
• Other: i) Reform in Public Services for the wellbeing of Slum Dwellers in Dhaka city, ii) Access to Justice through Community Legal Services, iii) Social Accountability for Better Access to Safe Water and Sanitation – CARTA project means citizen monitoring, and
iv) Strengthen households’ efforts to withdraw child labour in the informal sector.

Address:

House #20 (New) Road #11 (New) 32 (Old), Dhanmondi R/A, G.P.O Box # 2789, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh