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About Kothowain

The Kothowain organization (Vulnerable People’s Devleopment Organization) established in 2003 by some social development activist in response to the issues of extreme poverty, low literacy rate, social and political conflict, eroding cultural identity, and high incidence of human rights violations among the indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.

Kothowain a Tripura word meaning ‘Hope for Survival’ was officially registered as a non-government and non-political voluntary development organization in the Social Service Department of Bangladesh Government in 2007.

The organization aims to develop the socio-economic conditions of the most vulnerable and underprivileged people in the Hill Tracts. Through the years, KOTHOWAIN u has strived to build the capacities of the communities to manage and implement projects in a sustainable manner, have a voice in decision making, and dignity as a people. This has been achieved in partnership with local, national, and international agencies as well as government institutions.

Kothowain prioritized for focusing on the following areas:

(1) Human Rights
(2) Livelihood,
(3) Climate Change
(4) Primary Education and Higher Education
(5) Health and Sanitation,
(6) Adolescent and Youth Development, empowerment and Employment
(7) Advocacy, Linkage and Networking

Vision, Mission & Core Values:

Vision: Socio economic development, promotion and empowerment among marginalized people in Bangladesh.

Mission: “To bring sustainable positive change by reducing poverty among the marginalized people, especially women and children, through participatory process by undertaking needs- and rights-based development programs in the Chittagong Hill Tracts”.

Kothowain values:
• Participation of stakeholders
• Justice for all
• Honesty
• Humanity
• Gender Equality
• Transparency and Accountability
• Environmental conservation
• Respect
• Sharing skills and experience


Bangladesh National Youth Council-DHAKA
Chittagong Hill Tracts Women Network Foundation

Total staff numbers:

41 (Male: 17, Female: 24)

Executive Committee of Kothowain

Sl.No Name Gender Designation
01 A.K.M Jahangir Male Chairman
02 Uttam Das Male Vice Chairman
03 Gabriel Tripura Male General Secretary and Executive Director
04 Md. Azharul Islam Babul Male Asst. General Secretary
05 Sajima Tripura Female Finance Secretary
06 Sharmin Akter Female Asst. Finance Secretary
07 Moshi Tripura Male Organizing Secretary
08 Umme Khair Sultana Female Publication Secretary
09 Khinati Tripura Female Executive Member

Advisory Board of Kothowain

Sl.No Name Gender Designation and address
01 Md. Zulfiqar Ali Male Former Chairman and Advisor-Kothowain
Former Joint Secretary,
Chittagong Hill Tract Ministry and Home Ministry, Bangladesh
Adabar, Mahomad pur, Dhaka
Tel: 02-8124164, Cel: 0088-01553366577
02 Kirti Nishan Chakma Male Advisor, Kothowain
Former Deputy Project Director,
CHTDF-UNDP, Chittagong Hill Tracts
Former Program Officer, DANIDA
Freelance Consultant ( JICA, ADB, UNDP etc.)
Cel: 0088-01552378382, 0088-01755578273
03 Sanjeeb Drong Male Advisor-Kothowain
President-IPDS & Secretary-Bangladesh Adivashi Forum
Cel: 0088-01711804025
04 Dr. Ellen BAL Female Advisor-Kothowain
Professor of VU, University Amsterdam, Netherland
05 Md. Rezaul Karim Male Advisor-Kothowain
Country Representative, HOPE’87 Bangladesh
New Eskaton Area, Dhaka


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