Our Profile




The Nice Foundation is a rights-based feminist Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Bangladesh working on a range of Human rights, refugee and forcibly displaced communities, environmental and educational issues, and seeking to reduce inequalities and social disadvantage. We focus primarily on women, children, youth, adolescents, and people with disabilities, gender-diverse communities, religious & ethnic minority groups, and the Refugee community. 




A batch of young women from the Dalit community as well as NGO women workers founded the Nice Foundation in 2005, following the completion of a research project by ‘Research Initiatives Bangladesh’[1]. M Mujibur Rahman (who remains an honorary Secretary), Ms Dorieke Goodijk (Wageningen University, Holland), a Volunteer and a batch of young women of the Dalit Hindu Kawra (pig farmer) community who are one of the neglected Communities in the World because of their profession has initiated this organisation to promote feminism, ensure social justice, fight for inequalities and reduce the disharmony within the religious minorities to co-exist with peace.  Mr. Colin Wilby, a VSO volunteer, the UK was the first individual donor who helped the community apply to NGO Affairs Bureau for registration. After four years of working voluntarily with a network of NGOs, we achieved NGO Affairs Bureau (to receive foreign grants) registration in 2009 from the Government of Bangladesh. We also received our first major international funding – a two-year grant from the Global Fund for Women (USA) to develop our work with Kawra women. Since then, the Foundation has been delivering integrated services to a large number of people in the most marginalised communities in Bangladesh. 


Since 2017 after Rohingya influx in August, we have been working with national NGOs to immediate support to the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals besides the UN agencies and the Bangladesh Government. Our interventions are in the areas of food, shelter, site management, Livelihood and skill development, research on social cohesion, baseline study of different national and Local NGOs and capacity-building support to local NGOs as part of the localization process. Our organisation is a member of Core Humanitarian  Standard – a PSEA alliance and NGO Platform in Cox’sbazar. Our Honorary Secretary is a Steering Committee member for the last 3 years in NGO Platform Cox’sbazar.


Our main Programme themes are:


There are Eight themes to our work: 


  • Human rights and good governance: campaigns on minorities’ rights, consumers’ rights, women and, children trafficking, reduce early marriage, countering gender-based violence, gender justice, SRHR, menstrual Hygiene management,  and working with Rohingya refugee communities in Cox’s Bazar, tobacco control, swine flu, pandemic and dengue fever, strengthening local government. Beside, strengthening the Women Human Rights Defenders and strengthening the SoWFen (Southern Women Feminist Network).
  • General Education and Vocational skill development: pre-school, school-age and adult programmes and civil rights education, Skill development Training for marginalized and refugee community on Computer, sewing and dress making, plumbing, masonry, Handicrafts and carpentry.
  • Humanitarian Response: Emergency support to the victims, linking with other service providers, programme for Refugee and IDPs
  • Environment, climate change and disaster management: response to emergency, developing saline-tolerant agriculture, water and sanitation provision, disaster planning and management, factors which lead to conflict or to co-operation in the face of the pressures of climate change; floating gardens (pro-poor, organic, climate-suitable); 
  • Networking and advocacy: building the capacity of local NGOs, CSO, CBOs, developing the role of community organisations in managing risk, lobbying, advocacy at the grassroots level, policy level dialogues, feminist movement, mass awareness
  • Research and development; Women’s empowerment and social capital of the Rohingyas: empirical research of refugee women in Bangladesh, Social research, social cohesion study in collaboration with National and International Universities
  • Economic empowerment and wellbeing: supporting the community especially women of the minority community with their livelihoods, their children and their health and well-being; 
  • Water sanitation and health improvement: support to ethnic and minority communities, poor, disadvantaged and remote coverage



Our vision is to build a society that is congenial to the economic and socio-cultural development of socially underprivileged communities, especially Dalit, women, children, youth and Forcibly displaced and excluded people.




To create opportunities and enable underprivileged communities - especially Dalit, women, children, and excluded people – to access sustainable resource management, livelihood security, gender equity, and human rights.


Our approach is participatory action research


We see all our activities in feminist lenses. Our approach has always been to empower communities to organise themselves and assert their rights, and use their skills to develop their livelihoods, educate their children and look after those not able to look after themselves. We can help with organisation, education, capacity-building and training; we can bring in resources to kick start change; and we can campaign and influence those whose decisions determine the communities’ future. But it is the communities themselves who are best placed to collect their own data and call upon government officials or development partners to provide the services and assistance that will facilitate the implementation of their plan. 


Gaining the trust of the communities with which we work is a key component of success. Trust can only be built up over time by providing consistent and reliable services and earning the respect of the people we work for. Though it is like NGOs that project funding is for a limited period, we always commit to communities on a long-term basis. Responsibility and respect gained from, and given to, communities play a most important role in the sustainability of the organisation.


Our Target Groups:

  • Racial, ethnic or indigenous minorities (Hindu Dalit, Barua, Munda, Mahota) 
  • Single mother, divorced, disadvantaged women
  • People living with disabilities 
  • Youths , Adolescent girls
  • People with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Internally displaced, migrant and refugee people (Rohingya, Forcibly displaced community) 

Note: We also cover high discrimination, gender inequalities and gender-based violence victims.


Our Coverage: Since 2005 we have covered more than 110,000 people directly and 550,000 indirectly including Rohingya refugees. Out of that 80% are women and children.


Our strength: We have more than 50 regular staffs, own Head office building, 10 Branch Offices including Rohingya response area.


Geographical Coverage


To date, we have operated in the following parts of Bangladesh:




The Nice Foundation is governed by its legally- and democratically-formed management committees:

  • General Committee: A 51-member General Committee is the supreme authority of Nice Foundation. Members include academics, social workers, other professionals and housewives. Membership is permanent unless it is vacant constitutionally which is formally approved by the registration authority. 
  • Governing Body: The General Committee elects seven members of the Governing Body for a five-year term. This meets quarterly and is accountable for monitoring performance, developing policy, leadership and budget management. Members also act as voluntary workers. 
  • General management: The General Secretary acts as an honorary Executive Director. Two co-ordinators are responsible for all programme activities. The Chief Accountant maintains accounts following the approved financial manual. There are five operational cells (finance, HR, Procurement, Gender, Internal Audit).
  • Staff: There are generally between 20 and 30 staff working in different projects. Professor Paul Thompson, Middlesex University (UK), worked with Nice Foundation as a volunteer for one year. Colin Wilby has been promoting Nice Foundation from UK as an International Adviser.


Legal Status


The Nice Foundation is allowed to offer its services to the target beneficiaries by the Government of Bangladesh, operating via a legally-approved constitution. The organisation has legal authority to operate its activities all over the country through registration with relevant government agencies: 


Registration authorityRegistration no.Date
The Joint Stock Co. under the Society ActKhulna/13920 July 2005
Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau24072 Feb 2009 Renewalupto 2029
Bangladesh Department of Social Welfare14637 Feb 2012
European Community Potential Applicant Data Online Registration (PADOR)ERS-1701731303BD-2010




The constitution of the Nice Foundation is formulated by the executive committee and adopted by the general members of Nice Foundation. The constitution of Nice Foundation is legally approved by the respective registration agencies of the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh.


There is a standard accounts manual. The accounting system operates on an accrual basis and double-entry book-keeping. Cash and bank books are regularly prepared by each part of the organisation.


In line with the constitution, all funds are deposited in banks recognized by the Government of Bangladesh. The Secretary operates bank accounts, with other officers given prior approval of the Governing Body. Donor funding is through Sonali Bank, Daulatpur Branch, Khulna, SB A/C no. 34040144.




Auditing works as the third eye of the organization. Both internal and external audit are conducted by the organization. Internal audits are conducted by the internal audit team selected by Governing Body. Though the internal audit team is guided by the Secretary, it works independently. A government- recognised audit firm conducts an external audit every year. The organization appoints an NGOAB-enlisted external auditor for auditing of the organization.


Appendix: Major Projects 


SLProject NameDonorDuration[2]Project Objectives
1Health and vocational skills development for dalit communities in DighaliaProject Bangladesh, USA2022-2025Providing health services and skills-development training for the dalit youths
2Education and health support to Kawra children


Foundation, Bangladesh

2019-2025Reducing drop-out of dalit Kawra schoolchildren; providing educational support to talented students
3Dalit Kawra Women Development Project Global Fund for Women, USA2019-2024Creating young women community leaders
4Vulnerable group development projectDepartment of Women’s Affairs, Bangladesh2017-2024Reaching highly-disadvantagedrural women with food and training to enhance livelihoods and self- reliance
5Tobacco control campaign AFIB, Bangladesh2019-2025Campaign, advocacy, rally, and report publication on tobacco control
6Sexual and reproductive health rights projectWater Aid, Bangladesh


 F    from 2016

Strengthening the SRHR network
7Kindergarden school activities for dalit communitiesNice Foundation


 from 2020

Improve education and reducing  drop-out in kindergarden schools
8Women’s empowerment and socialcapital of the Rohingyas: empirical research of refugee women in BangladeshTohoku University, Japan2023

Conducting a ruralfield survey at Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.


9Dalit women's livelihood development project

Bangladesh NGO


2022-2023Improving livelihoods of Kawra women by providing sheep and training on sheep rearing
10A comparative study on social cohesion between Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s BazarTohoku University, Japan2023Collecting data on social cohesion and impact of influx of refugees into host communities
11Bio-diversity conservation support to Dalit community



2018-2023Adaptive agriculture cultivation and saline-tolerant agriculture promotion
12Strengthening the Human Rights Defenders Network ProjectMédecins Sans Frontières, Netherlands/USA2020-2023Capacity building of human rights defenders; legal support to victims
13Latrine installation for dalitKawra and Fisher communities


Foundation, Bangladesh

2020-2022Installation of modellatrines for dalit community in Dacope and Dighalia upazilas
14Health and education development project in Kawra Para, AronghataProject Bangladesh, USA2019-2022Reducing the drop-out of dalit Kawra children from school
15Lactating mothers’ programmeDepartment of Women’s Affairs, Bangladesh2018-2020Monitoring lactating mothers’ safety net activities
16Kawra women’s  capacity development projectGlobal Fund for Women, USA2017-20Developing the capacity of Kawra pig-rearing womenthrough skills and management training
17Securing livelihoods through improving the Kawra pig-rearing skillsNetherlands Embassy through Blue Gold2016-18Research on concrete strategiesfor improving pig-rearing outputs, even in unfavourable conditions
18Health and education development project Kawra childrenProject Bangladesh, USA2011-18Increasing children’s enrolment in primary schooling, reducing drop-out rates, and improving children’s healththrough improved nutrition and food education at school
19Kawra women’s livelihood development project


Foundation, Bangladesh

2017-18Improving the livelihoods of Kawra women through capacity building and technical training
20Community-based adaptive learning in the management of conflict about natural resources in Bangladesh and NepalThe Business Growth Fund, Middlesex University, UK2014-17Research to understand better the factors lead to conflict or co-operation in the light of the threat of climate change.
21Minority women’s livelihood and child education development project


Foundation, Bangladesh

2014-17Reducing the rate of drop-out of Kawra primary schoolchildren and improving Kawra living standards.
22Relief support to flood victims in North Bengal

Project Bangladesh, USA

and Nice Foundation

2017Providing food and education to flood-affected families
23Promoting peace and co-existence in BangladeshBandhu Social Welfare Society, Bangladesh2016Facilitating Kawra pig-rearing rights in a peaceful and cordial atmosphere
24Kawra women's livelihood development project


Foundation, Bangladesh

2011-14Improving the livelihoods of extremely poor Kawra women through providing pigs and training on pig rearing
25Distribution of plants to the poor communities in flood-plain areasProject Bangladesh, USA2013Distribution of 1,000plants to 200 families to bolster flood defences in flood-prone areas
26The Kawra women’s livelihood development project


Foundation Bangladesh

2008-11Improving livelihood of Kawra women by improving their capacity and financial means
27Distribution of blankets to the Dalit poor in flood-prone areasProject Bangladesh, USA2012Distribution of 500 blankets to families in need duringexceptionally cold weather
28Adult education for dalit womenGram Bangla Committee, Bangladesh2008-11Increasing literacy and empowering women within the family and more generally
29Increasing attendance of at Kawra schoolsHope for the Children, UK2009-10Reducing the drop-out rate in pre- primary schools, especially of poor girls from the Kawra community
30Increasing women’s participation in water management in Khulna


Foundation, Bangladesh

2009-10Reducing pressure on underground water especially in February-April when levels are low
31Improved technology in saline-tolerant agricultureInternational Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh2009-12Familiarising farmers withmodern techniques and technology for cultivating saline-tolerant agriculture
32Enhancing urban poor’s understanding of water, sanitation and hygieneNice Foundation2010-11Increasing knowledge about safe water, sanitation and hygiene among the urban poor and in slum areas
33The role of floodplain community-based organisations in coping with riskThe Business Growth Fund, Middlesex University, UK2010-12

Research to understand how

community organisations’ decisions are influenced by perceived risks in relation to disaster planning

34Research on professional beggars in KhulnaNice Foundation2010

Research to understand better the reasons for begging in Khulna and making recommendations for how it can be reduced through

meeting beggars’ individual needs

35Improvement of sanitation and drinking waterQatar Charity2010-11Ensuring access to safe water and sanitation facilities at affordable costs in south-west Bangladesh
36Community-based bio-diversity management projectProbartana/UBI NIG NGOs, Bangladesh2011-12Increasing awareness of climate change and needs to protect theeco-system
37Combating the trafficking of dalit women and childrenDanida through Rights Jessore, Bangladesh2007-10Increasing awareness of women and children trafficking and jointly working with government and other concerned groups on the issue
38Livelihood development and professional rightsof the Kawra pig-rearing communityGlobal Fund for Women, USA2008-09Assessing the socio-economic condition of the Kawrapig-rearing community so that a concrete strategy can be developed for the alleviation of poverty.
39Ensuring primary healthcare, water and sanitation for the dalit Kawra community


Foundation, Bangladesh

2007-08Reducing mortality rates by increasing awareness of public health, water, sanitation and nutrition.
40End-line Study on Support to Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char in the Education and WASH Sectors Project 

Global Affairs of Canada. 


04-23 Oct- 2023Awareness on  water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and education.
41Feasibility Study on “From Climate Vulnerability to Climate Resilience in Bangladesh” 

Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany. 


13 Apr 2021-02 May 2021



Assess climate change vulnerability (exposure, sensitivity, impact, and adaptive capacity) through regional workshops and expert consultation in Bangladesh's flood, drought, and saline-prone areas
42Assessment of Farmers' Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Southwestern Coastal Area of Bangladesh 

International Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh. 


16 Dec 2015-30 Apr 2016



Assess the climate change vulnerability (exposure, sensitivity, impact, and adaptive capacity) to climate change through workshops and public consultation in saline-prone southwestern coastal Bangladesh.

Provided technical support to the ‘Development and Integration of Sustainable Aquaculture – DISA’ project jointly implemented by SNA and IFB at Contai, East Medinipur, WB, India.


Solidaridad Network Asia (Netherlands)-Bangladesh


April 2016

To Nov. 2017


The project farmers are facilitated in developing public-private institutional relations to address social and environmental issues on their farms in line with the national and international standards to increase the upward potential of the shrimp business and to develop an inclusive supply chain.
44Final Evaluation on Empowering Poor and Marginalized People Affected by Disability Project funded by the DFID. Digitex Consultants Limited

01 Jul-30 Sep 2016


Final Evaluation on Empowering Poor and Marginalized People Affected by Disability.
45Evaluation Report of the Project Mainstreaming Livelihood-Centred Approaches to DRR Project. Practical Action

June 2009


Community-based DRR, reduces vulnerability and builds resilience.

Assessment of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) to Identify Gaps, Barriers, and Way Forward


Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)


15 February 2022 to 15 July 2022The overall objective of this assessment was to identify and analyze the existing gaps and barriers to strengthening the Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP)s for ensuring the effective nutrition governance.  
47Baseline Study for the Education Intervention for Rohingya Refugees in the Rohingya Camps in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.Prantic Unnayan Society From 09 February 2024 to 08 March 2024,

The purpose of the baseline survey is to capture the base values of this project against the indicators of the resulting framework.


48Baseline study on Sustainable and Inclusive Livelihood Support for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar" at Ukhia Upazila in Cox’s BazarShushilanFrom 09 February 2024 to 08 March 2024Enhance the economic well-being of beneficiaries by facilitating improvement in livelihoods

Nice Foundation, March 2024


[1] Research Initiatives Bangladesh is a non-governmental, non-profit-making research-support agency, registered under the Companies Act 1994 of Bangladesh. Its Board of Directors is composed of seven eminent citizens of Bangladesh with a rich and varied background in education, research and international affairs: http://www.rib-bangladesh.org/

[2] Thi16s list is ordered with current and most recent projects at the beginning

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