Kothowain, Bangladesh

Kothowain – Vulnerable People’s Development Organization

Kothowain was founded in 2003 to address the challenges of extreme poverty, illiteracy, socio-political conflicts and human rights abuses suffered by the indigenous people living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh. The organization aims at reducing poverty among the most marginalized people, especially women and children, through a participatory process based on people’s needs and rights.

Access to drinking water - Kothowain

With food and housing security access to a safe drinking-water supply is a key element of people’s quality of life – photo: Kothowain

The objective of Kothowain is to promote socio-economic development, promotion and empowerment among marginalized people in Bangladesh. The association targets more especifically women and children, through participatory process by undertaking needs- and rights-based development programmes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region.

Kothowain in 2018


Educational programmes for children and adolescents


Employees and volunteers

Over 2,800 people served

2,566 beneficiaries of education programmes (50 indirect) and 350 beneficiaries of awareness programmes (120 indirect beneficiaries)

Other Activities in 2018

  • Education and training projects for children (human rights, climate change, health and sanitation, etc.
  • Education of poor children through a hotel program
  • Promotion and development of the indigenous cultural heritage
  • Advocacy and networking activities

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence (…)

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

Related Activities

The activities of Kothowain in Bangladesh are mainly aimed at helping people affected by extreme poverty, thus directly contributing to SDG 1 (No poverty), especially target 2. In addition, the education and training activities implemented (2,566 beneficiaries) contribute to SDG 4 (Quality education) target 7, as they address education about sustainable development, human rights and gender equality (indirect contribution to SDG 5 – Gender equality).

The organization also places special emphasis on health, sanitation and climate change issues, indirectly contributing to SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) and SDG 13 (Climate action). Finally, the many partnerships established with organizations around the world demonstrate a commitment to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals).


Contact Information

Some of the projects or activities currently running in Kothowain, Bangladesh

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