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About Us


WAVE Foundation is a civil society organization established in 1990 in Darsana town under Chuadanga district, situated in the south-western part of Bangladesh. WAVE’s main thrust is securing rights of the poor and marginalized, good governance, sustainable livelihood development through promoting people’s participation at all levels of the state and society, accountability, capacity development and access to resources. According to the organization’s policy, special emphasis is given on women’s participation and in building poor people’s capacity towards disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. Networking at various levels and policy advocacy are the important areas of WAVE’s programme implementation approach. Accordingly, campaign, lobbying and policy advocacy activities have been undertaking jointly with the social organization formed at local level and with the national level platforms. At present, WAVE implements different programs, projects under its 3 major Sectors in achieving its goal.



A just and prosperous society.



To transform the society towards human dignity, equality, accountability, quality of life and inclusive holistic development



To improve sustainable livelihood resources, increasing good governance and access to rights and advancing self-reliant community



Our role is to facilitate the process of development interventions at grassroots, policy promotion at national-international level, building alliance and encourage innovation

Strategy For Achieving The Goal

  1. A combination of service delivery, rights based and creative transformation, - an integrated approach able to address the urgent and immediate concern of the poor and structural dimension of poverty and inequality.
  2. Gender sensitivity and disaster risk reduction as crosscutting issue integrated in program design.
  3. Networking, alliance, institution building, research, advocacy and campaign are the process that links macro-micro conditions and sustainability. 
  4. Integrated support services for all types of Livelihood resources and conservation of nature.



  • Justice
  • Equality
  • Freedom
  • Secularism


    1. Integrity
    2. Participation
    3. Accountability
    4. Equity
    5. Gender sensitivity
    6. Team building


Legal Status

    • NGO Affairs Bureau: # 719, dated 22.06.1993, latest renewal on 02 May 2013
    • Societies Act XXI of 1860: # S-3240(29)/2003, dated 23.07.2003
    • Department of Social Services: # Kush-87/91, dated 20.02.1991 & 28.07.2004
    • Microcredit Regulatory Authority, Dhaka to operate as MFI: License No. 04908-00607-00023, dated 05.09.2007
    • Department of Family Planning: #Affiliation Number-14, dated 18 June 2013.

    Sectors and Programs Of WAVE Foundation

    Sector: Rights and Governance
    1)   Access to Rights and Justice
    2)   Decentralization & Responsive Governance

    Sector: Inclusive Finance, Livelihood & Renewable Energy
    1)   Economic Empowerment
    2)   Food Security, Agriculture and Value Chain Development
    3)   Self-reliant Community Development
    4)   Community Climate Resilience
    5)   Renewable Energy Development

    Sector: Human Resources & Productive Skills Development
    1)   Human Resources Development
    2)   Productive Skills Development


    Access to Rights and Justice Program

    • Right to Food Campaign

    Countrywide Right to Food Campaign was organized centering the ‘South Asia right to Food Conference’ held on 30, 31 May and 1 June 2015 in Dhaka. Later in the last day of the Conference, the civil society accepted and declared the ‘Right to Food Bangladesh’ as an Umbrella Network of organizations, networks and individuals engaged in concerned sector. This umbrella network connects different ongoing activities and elaborates the civil society mechanism process on right to food issues. The major objective of RtF BD is to share experiences of civil societies’ movements and strengthening contact with all concerned organizations, institutions, partners & networks and ensure the food and nutritional security for all the people of the country. It aims to promote investment in agriculture and food systems by accelerating coherent and transparent policies, laws and regulations based on equitable, inclusive, and gender sensitive governance structures in the context of Bangladesh. RtF BD is conducting Right to Food Campaign and undertaking multifaceted activities to accelerate the ‘Legal Framework on Right to Food’ and other relevant issues by engaging different entities with its perspectives and strategies.

    • Food for All Campaign

    WAVE foundation has been implementing ‘Food for All Campaign’ through Governance Coalition in  7 districts named Khulna, Barishal, Borguna, Meherpur, Rajshahi, Gaibandha and Mymensingh with the partnership of Oxfam-GB, Bangladesh. Goal of the project is to promote access to food for all with emphasis on marginalized people of Bangladesh. It aims to  facilitate food security related policy literacy for both the rights holders and duty bearers to improve implementation of food security related programs and undertake policy advocacy for reform of food security related policies especially Social Safety Net Program-SSNP.
    At present, many countries are considering Social protection/Social Safety Net Program as significant tool to promote Right to Food issue. In Bangladesh, SSNP also plays important role to promote right to food of the poor people. In Bangladesh, there are large volumes of social safety net programs targeting the poor and most vulnerable people. However, mainly due to various implementation challenges including miss targeting and lack of policy coherence coordination among different implementing ministries and agencies, the social safety net programs yet not bring the expected results. In this situation, in 2012 WAVE Foundation started the Food for All Campaign focusing the selected food related social safety net programs through Governance Coalition. Main objectives of the campaign interventions were to promote access to food for the poor and vulnerable people of the country through better implementation of the existing social safety net programs by using social audit engaging community people as well as the participants of the programs. The campaign also contributed to raise community awareness about right to food issues and influence national level policy making process to reform social safety net related policies.

    3.    Breaking the Silence of Violence
    The project focuses on the elimination of disparity between men and women and takes programmes to advance the rights of women. It also organizes women and builds their capacities to stop violence against them and promotes women rights. With the support from ActionAid Bangladesh, the project is implemented in Chuadanga district.

    4.    Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh-AVCB
    The project aims to strengthen local justice system through enhancing capacity of village courts which improves access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalized groups and enhances their human rights process and practices in the rural areas. The project activities focus on Promote and protect human rights security through devising a human rights-based approach in programming and delivery system; Empower citizens to resolve their disputes at the local level in an expeditious, transparent and affordable manner & Strengthen local government institutions to the responsive to local needs and other approaches legal service through well functioning Village Courts. The Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives have initiated the `Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Projects’ with the partnership of UNDP and European Union (EU). This Project is implemented by WAVE Foundation in 60 Unions at 9 Upazilla in 3 districts named Narail, Chuadanga and Magura under the Khulna division.

    5.    Strengthening Legal Services for the Marginalized-SLS
    The project aims to improve the quality and coverage of community legal services, build sustainability of community legal service programmes and organizations and improve the capacity of the formal justice sector to increase access to justice for the poor and most marginalized groups specially women and children.In order to achieve the overall objective, the project raises community awareness on legal and human rights and works with CBOs (Loak Morcha) and UP to create multidimensional penetration. The project links victims with the District, Upazillaand Union Legal Aid Committee. This also provides training to the UP representative and Loak Morcha members for proper functioning of Village Court (VC) and Arbitration Council (AC).The project is implemented in 30 UPs of 4 Upazillas under Kushtia and Khulna districts. UKAID through Maxwell Stamp PLC & CLS support the project.

    6.    Active Citizens
    The project intends to deliver Active Citizen Youth Leadership Training-ACYLT Programmes and youth-led Social Action Projects where young people address their own priorities and involve people of all generations to make a positive change to their communities. In the 3rd phase, the project is delivering 20 ACYLT covering 600 youth leaders in Jessore, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Rajshahi and Dhaka Districts. British Council supports the project.

     Decentralization & Responsive Governance Program

    1.    Strengthening Democratic Governance through Ensuring Responsiveness of Public        Institutions
    The aim of the project is ensuring responsiveness of local and national institutions for democratic governance. As a continual advocacy effort for enacting a `Democratic Decentralization Policy’ by the state, influencing national level policy frameworks and promoting and demonstrating innovative and best practices towards achieving local self government are also focused within the project. A key objective of the project is to increase civic participation in a guardian institution (OCAG-Office of Comptroller and Auditor General) and contributing to its increased efficiency. The project activities emphasis on policy advocacy on Democratic Decentralization Policy, formation of local government commission, reform local government acts, execution of transferred subjects from national government to local government, establishing micro-macro linkages to promote best practices at local level through national level advocacy, enhancing policy literacy of civil society on OCAG, public finance monitoring etc. For linking micro with macro and to make policy advocacy evidence based, solution centered and stakeholders led activities are implemented with 2 Upazila Parishads directly in Naogaon district. The 34 month length project from October 2013 is funded by Manusher Jonno Foundation-MJF.

    2.    Civic Awareness and Elections Observation
    The project aims to promote free and fair elections in Bangladesh through election monitoring, voter and civic awareness and election observation. WAVE takes part in civic awareness and election observation programmes concerning National and Local level elections held at different parts of the country including Dhaka city. It also aims to reduce the risk of election and post-election violence. Besides, policy advocacy with Election Commission (EC) and other concerned stakeholders in the aim of strengthening electoral process in Bangladesh is one of the significant activities of this project. As a member of Election Working Group (EWG), WAVE implements this project in cooperation with The Asia Foundation-TAF. `Strengthening Civic Engagement in Elections and Political Processes for Enhanced Transparency and Democratic Accountability’ is the title of present activity. This project includes a combination of long term domestic and regional election observation and electoral reform advocacy, citizen monitoring and voter education to mitigate political and electoral violence and voter education and form to enhance responsiveness and accountability of candidates. A focus on involvement of women and minority, especially as election observers is highly desirable.

    • Strengthening Pro-poor & Participatory Local Governance-SPLG

    The project facilitates participation and collaboration of Non State Actors-NSAs and the Local Authorities-LA in addressing effective planning, implementation and responsive delivery of public services, mainly health & education services and social safety net programmes (VGD, VGF and employment generation programme for the poorest-EGPP) at the Union and subsequently at Upazilla levels. It aims to build and strengthen the capacity of LA and the community people especially the poor and marginalized through formation and consolidation of CBOs at ward levels facilitated by NSA platforms. The project also enables the Local Authorities to be responsive and accountable to the needs of the most marginalized and poorest segments of the society mainly on the agenda of public services, public resources and participation in overall policy process. It is implemented in Barisal district and supported by Christian Aid.

    • Leadership Development Program-LDP

    The project intends to increase capacity and participation of citizens to effectively and actively engage in democratic processes and enhanced community development in Bangladesh. Supporting to build up the capacity of community leaders and youth leaders (40% females) to become the change agents of the process through training is the major activity. The initiative opens a dimension to increase communication between local government representatives and community leaders and create joint mechanisms on development and social initiatives. Also increase policy impacts resulting from youth-led policy initiatives. The project is implemented in 15 Unions of Bagharpara, Rupsha and NatoreSadarUpazilla under Jessore, Khulna and Natore district respectively. USAID through Counterpart International supports the project.

    • Promoting Democratic Inclusion and Governance through Youth- PRODIGY

    The aim of the PRODIGY project is to harness young people’s power for advocacy and social change to creatively engage wider groups in Bangladeshi society and increase civic participation. Using theatre performance and through role-play, youth participants increase their capacity to reach marginalized members of the population, including women, who often lack knowledge about their own rights and about the tangible role they can play to promote greater transparency and accountability at local and national levels. The project also facilitates young people to undertake community development initiatives and provides financial supports to the best initiatives. The project is implemented in 2 Municipalities and 1 UP under Chuadanga district. U.S. State Department supports the project.

    • Support for Ensuring Rights of Service Users and Strengthening Accountability in Health System for Maternal & Neonatal Health Services

    The project aims to improve maternal and neonatal health practices and utilization of quality maternal and neonatal health care and services. Particularly it includes the poor and excluded through creating an enabling environment where the rights and voices of the beneficiaries are protected and heard. The project is being implemented in Narail, Jamalpur, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj district with the support from UNICEF.

    • Issue-based Activities relating with Rights, Governance and Networking


    • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Post-MDGs Development Framework:

    Several projects and activities of WAVE Foundation though contributing to achievement of MDG, these activities are not directly linked with MDG. Anti Poverty Platform-APP a national forum of WAVE is currently facilitating national level campaign, lobby and policy advocacy on ‘Right to Food’ issue as a continual initiative based on several issues ‘Against Hunger and Poverty’. In 2013, WAVE plays significant role as coordinating organization in the formulation of ‘Post MDG-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Perspectives and Recommendations’ by the initiative of PFM Bangladesh on behalf of Civil Society of Bangladesh. At present the demand of attaining first goal of MDG (Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger), some campaign activities are implemented. In addition, with the purpose for providing recommendations in different aspects at international level relating to post MDG development framework, campaign activities are being implemented on poverty alleviation, right to food and employment and issues related to governance.

    • Rights of Youth and Child:
    • In 2011, WAVE formed a youth organization ‘Youth for 3D’ (3D-Democracy, Decentralization and Youth Development). Youth for 3D currently plays important role in the implementation of campaign activities on democratic decentralization issues at national level. Beside these, with the demand of development of youth through establishing right to proper education, capacity development, employment, etc., campaign activities at national and local level are being implemented for raising awareness and mobilizing the youth.


    • WAVE has been implementing ‘Breaking the Silence of Violence-BRAVE’ project under ‘Women’s Empowerment’ program since 2006. One of the objectives of the project is to create an enabling environment for flourishing the physical and intellectual development of all children at the implementing area. To achieve this objective, an innovative action model has been established based on tripartite joint ownership consisting community, Union Parishad and WAVE Foundation at Union level. Under this process, WAVE implements two interventions i.e. Early Childhood Development and Prevention of Violence against Children.
    • Other Activities and Networking relating to Governance:

    WAVE Foundation as a member organization of CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation) is working on governance related other issues with the purpose to 'The creation of a more just & equitable world’. In sequence of an extensive joint collaboration with PRIA, India, currently the organization is working on the issue titled ‘Right to Citizen Participation in Local Democracy’. Also, WAVE has been engaged with Logo Link (A global learning network on citizen participation and local governance-India). In these perspectives, regional and international communication and networking is an important activity of WAVE.



    Anti Poverty Platform
    In the aim of establishing a hunger and poverty free just society, WAVE facilitates Anti Poverty Platform-APP involving national and international NGOs, networks, alliances and civil society representatives that was evolved centering the United Nations Millennium Campaign in 2009. Since its inception, the platform conducted policy advocacy, campaign and lobby for the achievement of MDG1. Later it has started implementing campaign activities on Right to Food Issue at national level.


    • To raise people’s voice for ensuring right to food and employment of poor and marginalized.
    • To establish right to food and employment of poor and marginalized through policy advocacy.
    • To strengthen right-based movement through networking with relevant stakeholders at local, national and global level.

       Strategic Issues

    • Right to Food (Agriculture, Safe Food, Land and Water)
    • Right to Employment
    • Social Protection

    Major Activities

    • Critical analyses of the selected issues (policy, act, relevant document, implementation status etc.) & finalize the position.
    • Conduct campaign to raise people’s voice on the selected issues.
    • Situation monitoring of selected issues.
    • Participation in the process of Post MDG Sustainable Development Agenda.
    • Policy Advocacy.
    • Issue based networking with stakeholders.
    • Promote CFS (The Committee on World Food Security) process in Bangladesh.
    • Regional and global networking.

    APP & South Asia Right to Food Conference 2015
    With the participation of more than 2000 CSOs, NGOs, academic institutions, statutory body, government’s apex funding organizations, bilateral development organizations, multilateral development organizations, researchers, academia, trade unionist, youth, peasant’s organizations, small-holder farmers, women organizations, indigenous organizations, policy makers, social movements and other part of the society,APP in collaboration with different entities and their organizations has taken joint initiative to organize the first ever South Asia Right to Food Conference 2015 on 30, 31 May & 1 June in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The conference has generated meaningful ideas and ways forward for developing common perspectives to fight food and nutritional insecurity. It created opportunity for the South Asian civil society and movements in order to raise their voice regarding their issues, concerns, challenges and a space of sharing ideas, opinions, strategy and actions of the people. It sought for strong commitment, engagement and solidarity of people across the South-Asian region and involved active participation of different parts of the society to overcome the multifaceted challenges of ensuring food security and nutrition rights of millions of people in South Asia.

    Right to Food Bangladesh and South Asian CSOs Process
    Centering the SARF Conference 2015, an initiative titled ‘Right to Food Bangladesh’ has been evolved as a very inclusive process towards right to food movement in Bangladesh. The ‘Right to Food Bangladesh’ comprising of civil society, NGOs, social movements, academia, researcher, policy makers, law makers, trade unionist, political society, youth, peasant’s organization, urban poor, small holders, farmers, women organization, indigenous people and all relevant stakeholders envisions that as a platform it will work together to establish right to adequate food, nutritional security and food sovereignty in Bangladesh. Besides, considering the hunger and malnutrition as complex and multi-faceted issue, the conference urged for a strapping group effort and collaboration to fight against hunger and poverty across the South-Asian region.  It initiated discussion to form a South Asian umbrella network on ‘Right to food and nutrition’ comprising different entities and their organizations across South Asian countries and all relevant participants. The conference reassured that as a consequential platform it will work together to establish and turn into reality the right to adequate food, nutritional security and food sovereignty in the South Asia region.

    Network and Alliance Coordinated and Facilitated by WAVE

    Governance Coalition (GC)
    Governance Coalition-GC is a national network of NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) involved in promoting responsive governance and rights of poor and marginalized people through raising awareness, campaign, lobbying and policy advocacy at local and national level. From the extensive experiences of field level program implementation since 1997 and logical sequence of its program learning WAVE facilitated the formation of GC in 2004. Gradually GC consists of 42 members working in 16 districts of Bangladesh. While continuing to work on own priorities, the members of the Coalition move together to advance common vision and mission towards promoting responsive governance in Bangladesh. WAVE Foundation Dhaka Office coordinates and hosts its Secretariat.

    Loak Morcha-LM (People’s Alliance)
    People’s Alliance (Loak Morcha-LM) is a non partisan and non-communal social organization associated with the representatives from different strata of society. Constituencies of Loak Morcha include leaders of civil society, volunteers, youths, self-motivated women and men, representatives of locally elected bodies, leaders of NGO beneficiary groups, NGO representatives and representatives of different professional associations. It is developed as a voluntary social organization in the grass root level aiming at strengthening local government, effective public service delivery and to mobilize public opinion against human rights violation. With the initiative of WAVE Foundation, GC facilitated the formation of Loak Morcha and it exists at three local administrative tiers (in UP, Upazilla and District) of the program area.

    Governance Advocacy Forum (GAF)
    Governance Advocacy Forum (GAF) is a national level platform that aims to promote democratic decentralization and local self government through campaign and policy advocacy. GAF founded in 2007 undertaking policy advocacy for promoting strong local government. At present, the forum consists of 36 national and international NGOs, networks, local government platforms, institutions and civil society representatives working towards democratic decentralization and local self government in Bangladesh.

    Youth for 3D (Democracy, Decentralization & Youth Development)
    ‘Youth for 3D’ is a platform consists of youth representatives in the aim of facilitating campaign on the issue of democracy, decentralization and youth development. In 2011, the platform emerged with the participation of youths from Dhaka City and other districts of Bangladesh.

     Affiliation with Other Networks:

    Election Working Group (EWG)
    EWG is a national level network consisting of 31 national and regional NGOs working towards promoting free and fair elections, good governance and the achievement of higher standards of democratic representation and accountability in Bangladesh. As a member organization of this network supported by The Asia Foundation, WAVE plays role in implementing deferent activities and also contributes in decision making process.

        1. Global Campaign Against Poverty-GCAP
        2. International Peace Youth Group-IPYG
        3. CIVICUS


    Economic Empowerment Program

    •    Micro Credit and Savings

    WAVE has been implementing microcredit in both rural and urban areas through its 80 branch offices with the financial support from PKSF. The products of microcredit are:

    Microcredit Products:

    Major Products

    Sub Products

    a) General Microcredit
    b)Micro Entrepreneurship
    c)Microcredit for Ultra Poor
    d) Agriculture Credit

    Supplementary Loan Product: 

    Specialized Loan Product:

    Consumer Loan Product:

    • Seasonal loan
    • Disaster Management loan


    • Black Bengal Goat Rearing loan
    • Spices Cultivation Loan
    • Bandhu Chula Loan
    • Solar Energy loan
    • Biogas Plant loan
    • Latrine Installation Loan


    Savings & Micro Insurance Products and other Services:

    Savings Products

    Micro Insurance Products/Services

    Other Services

    • General Savings
    • Security Savings
    • Microfinance Insurance
    • Livestock Insurance
    • Crop Insurance
    • Health Insurance


    • Skills Development Training
    • Stipend for Children of Ultra Poor Members
    • Medical & Technical Assistance for Crop and Livestock management.


    • Housing Loan

    This project is dedicated to ensuring safe home for poor people who cannot build it by themselves.
    People who find it hard to ensure three meals a day cannot make savings for future. Building safe house causes huge expenses that people cannot afford. Many poor people are surviving without home which is a basic human need while many are at risk to be homeless. The amazing benefits of housing loan have helped many people in our working area to build their own home which was once their dream. The long-term housing loan at low interest-rate has been contributing significantly to rehabilitate homeless poor people. WAVE implements the project in Chuadanga district. The project is supported by Bangladesh Bank.

    • Developing Inclusive Insurance Sector Project-DIISP

    The aim of this Project is to secure the life and livelihood of the poor people, especially vulnerable women and their respective families by providing them affordable Micro insurance services. Objective of the projects are mitigating financial risks associated with death/illness of the earning members, financial loss and death of cattle; ensuring welfare to the vulnerable people, securing their productive and unproductive assets, raising awareness concerning reproductive health and malnutrition and incorporating marginalized people under the security belt of inclusive insurance and bringing positive change in their attitude to life and insurance. WAVE implements the project in 41 Upazills of Chuadanga, Meherpur, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Magura, Pabna, Jessore, Rajbari, Natore & Khulna districts respectively. Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) through PKSF support this project.

    Food Security, Agriculture and Value Chain Development Program

    1.    Food Security 2012 Bangladesh –UJJIBITO Project
    The aim of the project is sustainable reduction of hunger and poverty in Bangladesh. The specific objective is to sustainably eradicate extreme poverty of 3.25 lakh ultra poor female headed and vulnerable households of respective working areas. To achieve the goal the project is intended to promote food security, increase purchasing power except food, increase assets and develop social status by facilitating these ultra poor households. WAVE implements the project in13Upazills of Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenaidah & Magura districts respectively. European Union & PKSF support this project.
    2.    Development and Scale-up of Spices
    The use of species in our daily dishes for making it delicious has been a common phenomenon all over the world. It’s medicinal and nutritional importance have been recognized and celebrated since the ancient time. Apart from sheer appreciation and recognition of Spices among our lickerish population, no considerable initiative for Spices cultivation has been taken even though being wholly dependent on costly importing. If Species Cultivation is taken seriously like other crop cultivation, comparatively it could be a highly profitable sector. Meherpur is celebrated as Seed Production Zone in Bangladesh. WAVE has regarded all these prospects and importance of Spice cultivation and has undertaken a Species Cultivation Zone in Meherpur in 2012.   Specialized Spice Nursery is dedicated to researching, knowledge development and supply of quality Saplings and Seeds. Spice cultivation at farmer level is aimed at diversifying and increasing Spices production. Currently 307 farmers are cultivating spices in more than 600 acres of land in Meherpur district.

    3.  Genetic Conservation, Increasing Productivity and Up-scaling of Black Bengal Goat           Rearing
    The project aims to contribute in national economy by creating employment and generating income through producing quality Black Bengal goat and preserving the gene. Objectives of the project are to engage the poor people in Black Bengal Goat Rearing, supply of quality buck & doe at beneficiary level to preserve the gene of Black Bengal Breed, creation of employment skill in commercial goat rearing and establish a profitable project of goat rearing at rural and farm level. WAVE implements the project in Damurhuda Upazila in Chuadanga district.

    • Income Generation and Employment Creation for Entrepreneurs through Black Bengal Goat-BBG Rearing

    The project is implemented under the ‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises (PACE) Project’ of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). PACE covers three complementary components- financial services for micro-entrepreneurs, value chain development and technology & product adaptation and aims to enhance livelihoods (higher income from self employment, business profit and wage employment and food security) of the moderate and extreme poor project participants (men and women) in a sustainable manner. The project implemented by WAVE follows the strategy of combining financial & non-financial services and transfer technology to the micro-entrepreneurs involved in Black Bengal Goat-BBG rearing and BBG value chain development. It aims to establish the project area as a model cluster of BBG rearing through improving management of goat rearing, increasing goat production and sales, enhancing income through self and wage-based employment creation. It is implemented in Meherpur Sadar, Mujibnagar and Gangni Upazila of Meherpur district.

    Self-reliant Community Development Program

    • Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capacities of Poor Households towards Elimination of their Poverty-ENRICH

    The project aims to empower the households participating in the programme to work effectively to reduce their poverty on a sustained basis and enable them in the process to secure improved health and nutritional status. The project is run in a community based integrated development approach to fulfil the basic needs and constitutional rights. WAVE implements the project in Chuadanga district with its own fund and support from PKSF.

    • Elimination of Extreme Poverty and Food Insecurity through Community Empowerment-EEPFICE

    The overall goal of the project is to eliminate extreme poverty and food insecurity through community empowerment. The activities are targeted to fulfilment of 100% of the project participating families have moved above the poverty line of US$2 a day and 85% have sustainable livelihoods; project participants have improved health, sanitation and nutritional behaviour and practices; participating families and groups have adopted environment friendly practices; 100% project families are organized into farmer organizations with increased solidarity and harmony and credible evidence of project impact is available for sharing with relevant development communities. The project is implemented in Rajshahi district and supported by Heifer International.

    • Increasing Community Capacity for Holistic Development

    The overall goal of the project is to promote just and sustainable development. The activities are targeted to increase annual income and nutrition of participating families, sensitize community on gender equity, environment conservation and strengthen community cohesiveness for reciprocal cooperation. The project is implemented in Rajshahi district and supported by Heifer International. The funding period of the project is completed, but distance monitoring is continuing to follow up on running project activity.

    Community Climate Resilience Program

    1.    Coastal Livelihoods Adaptation Project-CLAP
    The overall goal of the project is the livelihoods and means of production of the vulnerable population in selected communities have been rehabilitated with disaster-preventive measures and the climate-induced vulnerability of the population has been sustainably reduced. Objectives of the project are climate-resilient agricultural production systems and income-generating measures facilitated and promoted among targeted population, livelihoods and means of production  prioritized and restored through non-farm  initiatives, targeted  population well protected  and managed to response climatic induced  disasters & disaster prevention and disaster risk management introduced  in targeted schools with clear focus on Climate Change Adaptation. The project is implemented in Patuakhali district with the support from GIZ.

    2. Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate Adaptation, Leadership and              Learning-REE-CALL
    The purpose of the project is, a total of 4000 economically extreme poor households graduated from the shocks and challenges of extreme poverty by 2014. The project has been implemented to restore and develop the livelihood and climate resilient community. The activities are targeted to facilitate the formation and functioning of 400 CBO, involvement of targeted households with IGA, alternative livelihood and increased income and capacity enhancement of the communities in terms of disaster preparedness, response and adaptability with the impact of climate change. It also intends to capture the local experience from the project and inform national policy dialogue and simultaneously the extreme poor are able to access services from the government and service providers. The project is implemented in most affected unions of Patuakhali Sadar upazilla under Patuakhali district. DFID-SHIREE through Oxfam supports the project.

    • Community Based Climate Adaptation Project-CBCAP

    The project goal is to enhance climate resilience of the vulnerable communities. The activities are targeted to practice adaptation options against possible impacts of climate change of the targeted households with IGA, alternative livelihood and increased income and capacity enhancement of the communities. The project is working with directly 8500 households in Damurhuda Upazila under Chuadanga district. It is supported by PKSF.

    • Inclusion of Person with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Management and Livelihood Activities in Bangladesh

    To address the special needs and vulnerabilities of Person with Disability (PWD), WAVE Foundation is implementing the project with a primary focus on their empowerment through income generation for livelihood development. The objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of persons with disabilities in selected communities through income-generating activities, physical rehabilitation measures and disaster risk reduction. Also through these interventions families, communities and local government become sensitized to their specific needs and provide support to them. The project is implemented at Kalapara Upazila of Patukhali District with the support of GIZ.



    Renewable Energy Development Program

    1.    National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme-NDBMP
    The overall objective of the project is to develop and disseminate domestic biogas in rural areas with the ultimate goal to establish a sustainable and commercial biogas sector in Bangladesh. It aims to reduction of workload of women, improvement in health and sanitation condition, increase agriculture production with proper utilization of slurry, employment generation, saving of conventional fuel sources such as firewood, agriculture residues and dries dung cake and reduction in green house gas emission. IDCOL supports the project implementation in Chuadanga district.

    2.    Solar Power Program
    Now-a-days electricity is the right of the people. Our state is committed to provide electricity for all people and in every home. For promoting the green economy and natural conservation, WAVE is promoting solar power program emphasizing the people who are living in off grid area of the country. Major program interventions are Solar Home System (SHS), irrigation and small industry. WAVE Foundation implements the project through partnering with IDCOL.

    3.    Improved Cooking Stove
    The World Health Organization has estimated that 46,000 women and children die each year in Bangladseh as a direct result of exposure to indoor air pollution, while millions more suffer from respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, eye problems, lung cancer etc. 70% of the victims of indoor air pollution are children under five. Estimated 90% of the rural household of Bangladeshi are using cow dung, jute sticks, other agricultural waste and wood for cooking and most use inefficient and poorly ventilated clay stoves that produce smoke, carbon monoxide and carcinogens. It is serious health threat for women and children. Due to these reasons WAVE Foundation has been promoting improved cooking stoves (BONDHU CHULA) at rural level through partnering with PKSF since 2010.

    Human Resources Development Program

    1.    Human Resources Development through WAVE Training Centre

    To develop human resources including staff, partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders, WAVE Foundation has incorporated training as an integral part of all programs. It has its own training centre in Chuadanga equipped with all the necessary and modern supports including accommodation facility. Through the training centre, WAVE also offers various need-based training courses for other NGOs and non-project participants. WAVE has deployed appropriate, qualified and professional training staff in the centre. Apart from the training centre staff, WAVE has a Pool of Resource Persons to conduct various training sessions. Deputy Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, Program/Project Coordinators and Deputy Program/Project Coordinators of various programs/projects, Head of Finance & Administration, Head of Internal Audit, Head of Monitoring Division, etc. of WAVE belong to the Pool of Resource Persons. Some external reputed persons of various organizations and local government expert individuals also belong to the Pool of Resource Persons who conduct various training sessions on need basis. Besides, Deputy Commissioners, Additional Deputy Commissions (both General & Revenue), Deputy Directors of Local Government (DDLG), Upazilla Nirbahi Officers and Upazilla level Departmental Heads (Health, Agriculture, Education, etc.) are also invited as Guest Facilitators for the relevant training sessions.

    Productive Skills Development Program

    1.    Skills Development through WAVE Trade Training Centre
    Create technologically sound, skilled and income-generating and productive people. Support self-reliance and solvency of the poor.

    2.   On Farm Training through Centre for Development & Capacity-CDC
    WAVE Foundation has been conducting action research on several crops and livestock associated with its various programs for up-gradation and quality enhancement. Apart from that, capacity development of the program participants and staffs is an integral part of what WAVE Foundation does. To that end, establishment of a resource center from the income of Economic Empowerment program on a land of 09 acres has been underway since 2005 at Kosaghata village of Damurhuda upazila under Chuadanga district. Improved rice seeds are produced, marketed and branded as Ankur Seeds through action research at this center. A Black Bengal Goat-BBG Breeding Farm has been established at the campus in 2008 under Learning and Innovation Fund to Test New Ideas-LIFT Project supported by Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation. This Breeding Farm is playing a crucial role in preserving the genetic purity of BBG, distributing quality BBG doe to the poor program participants to generate income and alleviate poverty as well as providing technical assistance to the program participants for establishing BBG farm at their household level. Apart from that program participants receive technical training from the campus. The campus was formally named as ‘Canter for Development and Capacity-CDC’ in 2010.

    3.   Skill for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)
    The main objective of the project is to provide need based skills training to the project participants and to ensure at least 70% of the trained participants are employed (both self-employment and wage/remuneration based employment) for increasing their financial capacity and establishing dignity of the individuals and the family so that they are able to sustainably improve their own livelihoods.  

    • WAVE Agriculture Institute

    Promoting food security, innovations of new strategies in agriculture, technology and knowledge based research, employment generation through human resources development-providing 4-years diploma in agriculture and other agriculture development issues.


    • Rangan

    Support poor people specially women in establishing themselves as small entrepreneur and self reliant through building market linkage of their products especially crafting and clothing.

    • Ankur Seeds

    Quality Seed is the precondition for bumper Agricultural Production. But apart from being an Agricultural country, it uses approx. 30% quality seeds in agricultural production while the rest of the 70% seeds are below standard which have negative impact on our gross agricultural production. ANKUR Seeds is an initiative dedicated to the sustainable development of agricultural sector through ensuring available production, efficient processing and planned marketing of quality Crop Seeds to meet the Farmer’s demand. ANKUR is brand name of our seed which is registered under the government authority. The initiative has been started since 2009 by WAVE Foundation. ANKUR Seeds has developed the capacity of farmers introducing new technologies, produced and marketed three high-yielding varieties of Rice (BR 26, BRRI dhan 28 and BRRI dhan 50) with remarkable success. It has also done the processing and marketing of high-yielding Varity of Wheat (PRODIP). It intends to become the most trusted source of quality seeds of Boro as well as Aman and Aush Rice, Wheat, Oil Seeds, Vegetables and Tissue Culture of Potato Seeds. 5100 farmers are currently producing rice seed and about 65 metric tons of Rice and Wheat seeds are marketed by ANKUR each year.


    • Loak Morcha

    Non partisan and non-communal voluntary social organization in the grass root level aiming at strengthening local government, effective public service delivery and to mobilize public opinion against human rights violation.

    • Loak Unnayan Kendro

    Community interactive centre playing a pivotal role in bringing community people together, involving them in development planning and implementation, resolving disputes more efficiently, making people aware of their rights and obligations as well as hosting governmental and non-governmental service delivery.



    • Shishu Uddyan (Child Center)

    Organization has been operating 09 Child Centers (Shishu Uddan) in different geographic locations of Uthali Union under Jibannagar Upazilla of Chuadanga District. The Child Centers include four major activities- child education, creative activities and child journalism.

    • Women Friendly UP Budget

    UP budget allocates separate fund for women skill development training.


    • Finance & Accounts Division
    • Admin & HR Division
    • Internal Audit Division
    •   Information & Communication Division
    •   Identity & Resources Division
    •   Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Divisio 
    • Gender Unit
    • Loak Theatre Unit
    • Audio Visual Unit



    • British Council
    • Bangladesh Bank (GrihayanTahobil)
    • Christian Aid
    • Counterpart International
    • Maxwell Stamp PLC(DFID)
    • GIZ
    • Heifer International-USA
    • IDCOL
    • ManusherJonno Foundation – MJF
    • Oxfam GB
    • Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation-PKSF
    • The Asia Foundation
    • UNICEF
    • U.S. State Department

    WAVE Foundation has been implementing its projects and programmes in 19 Districts (Chuadanga, Meherpur, Kushtia, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Jessore, Khulna, Barisal, Patuakhali, Dhaka, Manikganj, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Pabna, Natore, Naogaon, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj) under 6 divisions namely Khulna, Barisal, Dhaka, Mymansing, Rajshahi and Sylhet.
    A total number of 1433 employees are working in WAVE Foundation at various levels. 559 of them are female and 874 are male.
       The Head Office of the organization is located in Darsana town of Chuadanga district. It has two offices in Dhaka. WAVE Foundation also has 7 regional offices, 12 area offices, 27 project offices, 81 branch offices and 02 training centres.



    The head office of the organization is located in Darsana town of Chuadanga district. It has two offices in Dhaka. WAVE Foundation also has 6 regional offices, 12 area offices, 16 project offices, 68 branch offices and 01 training centre.

    Dhaka Office Address
    3/11, Block- D, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207
    Phone: +88 8143245, 58151620 Fax: +88 8143245, 58151620 Ext. 123

    Website: www.wavefoundationbd.org     

    Head Office Address
    Darsana Bus Stand
    PO: Darsana, District: Chuadanga. Phone: 880763 251159, 251217