BASTOB – Initiative for People’s Self-Development is a non-profit, non-political voluntary development organization founded by a group of committed social activists on 4th July, 1997 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. BASTOB emphasizes on socio-economic development and promotion of a culture of peace. Since its BASTOB has been carrying out integrated development programmes with the disadvantaged segment of the society specially women, youth, and children.


BASTOB envisions a peaceful society where disadvantaged people are self-reliant and capable of solving their own problems.


BASTOB’s Mission is to ensure socio-economic development and self-reliance of the people while being consistent with organizational sustainability. BASTOB is committed to follow the ideals of people’s participation, institution building, human rights, gender equality, promotion of culture and care for the environment, poverty alleviation and people’s sustainability in achieving its goals.

Taking into consideration the fact that development work is a challenging job which requires the combined efforts of many participants involved in the process, BASTOB always encourages partnership and networking with government and like-minded organizations.

BASTOB has been blessed with experienced, energetic, and dynamic workers and members whoare committed to achieving its goals. It believes in people’s capacity and creativity, and also in participatory management and it is committed to ensure participation at every level.


  • To Develop People’s Institutions,
  • Provide Skill Training;
  • Provide Financial Support /Assistance;
  • Establishing Network /Partnership;
  • Active involvement of different stakeholders in planning;
  • Perform advocacy on various issues;
  • Reduction of gender discrimination;
  • Protect human rights, environment and culture;
  • Improve health and education;
  • Environment friendly agriculture and forestry;


  • People’s capacity and dignity
  • Culture and environment friendly
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Discipline, participation, team work and openness
  • Cost consciousness
  • Gender equity
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Justice and fairness
  • Striving for excellence


Bastob has a General Body consisting of 21 members and a Governing Board with 7 members. Board is consisting of one chairperson, one vice-chairperson, one treasurer and four members. General Body forms the Governing Board for a period of three years. The Governing Board is assigned for making policy guidelines for the organization. Different sub-committees are formed for specific purposes e.g. procurement sub-committee, gender audit sub-committee etc. As an ex-officio the Executive Director is the Member Secretary of the Board.