Amader Gram (Our Villages) project

Details of the organization
Bangladesh Friendship Education Society (BFES)
Civil society entities

Information about the project
Amader Gram (Our Villages) project
Amader Gram (means - Our Village) is a model ICT4D project of integrated rural development through capacity building of the disadvantaged community people, conservation of bio-diversity and sustainable use/mobilization of natural resources and environmentally sounds income generation activities. Amader Gram project was founded in 1996 by a group of visionary development activists of Bangladesh who believed that the poverty would be eliminated through capacity building of the poor people and sustainable uses of natural resources. From this vision originated Amader Gram, a project of Bangladesh Friendship Education Society (BFES) - an organization that provides technical know-how to poor grassroots people to help pull them out of the poverty. Since 1996, Amader Gram has helped to improve the lives of the disadvantaged poor people and children in 20 villages under 2 Upazila (Sub-District) of Bagerhat (Rampal) and Khulna (Paikgacha) districts in Bangladesh. Ongoing Project Activities Amader Gram’s program has the following main elements: - Village information, communication and knowledge center; - Comprehensive database to preserve, update and ensure long term use of village resources by the community; - Guidelines and simple village level monitoring indicators by analyzing data and information by the villagers; - Resource manpower through skill development training in ICT uses for the youth groups and adolescents girls; - Behavioral and skill development training to underprivileged people through rural training program; - Micro-credit support for undertaking viable income generating activities; - Environmental education at the doorsteps; - Homestead gardening aiming at nutritional support; - Health education; - Monitoring, Research, publication; - Demonstration, information dissemination, Replication.
Local implementation: Bangladesh, 20 villages of Bangladesh --- lo
Ongoing from to 
Government of Bangladesh The South Network Taneda Fund, Japan

WSIS information
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
* Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
* Media
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Achieve Universal Primary Education
  • Promote gender equality & empower women
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Project
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No