About Us

Mission, Vision & Values

CDD’s mission is to include disability issues in mainstream development to enable persons with disabilities to obtain equal opportunities and full participation.

Our vision is that persons with disabilities will enjoy equal opportunities and full participation in all spheres of life.

In conducting our work, we are committed to applying the following values:

  • Disability is a cross-cutting development issue
  • Equal opportunities and mutual respect
  • Creativeness and professionalism
  • Participatory decision-making
  • Transparency and accountability

Our People

CDD’s Staff team

CDD currently has a total staffing complement of approximately 140 people, who work across its 5 offices and training centres in Dhaka, Savar and Gaibandha in Bangladesh. The majority of staff are specialist disability trainers and project managers who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Over the years CDD has built a reputation as a centre for excellence for disability related development and this is based on the exceptional quality and professionalism of our people of whom we are justifiably proud.

 Our Leadership Team

 Board Team

CDD is fortunate to have considerable voluntary expertise on our Board and a listing of current members is as follows:

Mr. Shaikh A. Halim Chairman
Mr. Jowaherul Islam Mamun Vice Chairman
Mr. Serajul Islam Treasurer
Mr. M A Baten Executive Committee Member
A Mr. Nasiruddin Ahmed Executive Committee Member
Mr. Osman Khaled Executive Committee Member
Mr. Tareq Mohammad Momtazur Rahman Executive Committee Member
Ms. Mohua Paul Executive Committee Member
Mr. A.H.M. Noman Khan Member Secretary

 Executive Team

A profile on current the Executive Team of CDD is as follows:

 A.H.M Noman Khan, Executive Director

Mr Noman has a Masters Degree in Management from Dhaka University and started his career as a Government Officer but quickly realised that he had a passion for working in a more hands-on role assisting the community. He moved to the NGO sector as a Development Researcher and made a significant contribution to developing participatory community development approaches in Bangladesh and building rural and remote institutions. This part of his career exposed him to the issues faced by persons with disabilities and he decided to dedicate himself to working in this area to help improve access, equality and rights. He has conducted considerable research in the disability and development areas and has a thorough grasp of the fundamentals involved. In 1996, he founded the Centre for Disability in Development with a team of dedicated development professionals in order to address the lack of skills and knowledge in Bangladesh in the disability field, which he felt strongly was negatively impacting on the advancement of access and inclusion for persons with disabilities living in the country. His leadership made it possible for CDD to flourish and develop working partnerships with over 350 Government and non-government development organisations in Bangladesh and to attract support from national and international funding bodies. Sixteen years later, Noman is still at the helm of the organisation, leading with the same passion and commitment with which he started. In 2010, his significant achievements were recognised when he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

 

Nazmul Bari, Director

Mr Bari has an Honours and Masters in English Literature from Dhaka University, and started his career in journalism. He was one of the founding members of staff of CDD and is currently the Director. His major responsibilities include program development and management, public relations and national and international networking and advocacy of disability inclusive development. His skills emcompass project design, management, assessment and evaluation, conducting and designing training and facilitating workshops on disability and development issues. Bari has also conducted participatory projects, evaluations and assessments in different countries in Asia and Africa and presented papers at international courses and workshops.

Reports & Plans

Further information on CDD’s achievements and objectives for the years ahead can be found via the links below:

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