Dedicated to the socio-economic advancement of the poor and disadvantaged communities

Centre for Integrated Programme and Development (CIPD)


The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is situated in the southeast region of Bangladesh, bordering Tripura and Mizoram State of India and Burma (Myanmar). This is the only region of Bangladesh, where the indigenous peoples are majority. It is unique for its mountains, forests, lakes and ethnic diversity. Eleven different indigenous ethnic groups live in this region. The people of this region have long been deprived of basic needs and appropriate development measures. Where formal development projects were undertaken, very little benefits have accrued to the local people. The situation of Chittagong Hill Tracts was exacerbated by political unrest, armed conflicts, displacement and populations transfer/transmigration. It is believed that these negative consequences were caused by the imposition of externally conceived development projects, which were formulated and implemented without considering the opinions of the local people. It is fact that development programs should be based on the ideas and existing knowledge of the concern group(s), community or people, if anyone actually want a radical change in the socioeconomic development of this region.

CIPD is a research and development based organization for implementation of sustainable development programmes for the people living in the extremely backward Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region of Bangladesh. It was established in 1998 with a view to providing economic leverage to the CHT peoples in their efforts to improve their livelihood. It also aspires to exploit the favorable condition that came following in the wake of the CHT Accord of 1997 to bring about a positive change in the socio-economic, cultural and environmental development of CHT peoples. Its aims to contribute to building sustainable societies, which will ensure freedom from poverty, privation, disease and illiteracy, where they will have greater voice, influence, dignity and security. CIPD primarily seeks to alleviate grinding poverty of the CHT people by way of offering them access to a host of relieving avenues. It is relentlessly striving to find means of bailing out its indigent beneficiaries through activities like skill training, technology transfer, access to micro-finance, various income generating activities and so forth to bring about a positive change among in the economy. These are all aimed at propelling the sidelined community people to a level of self-sustenance. CIPD will try to be with
the needy people irrespective of race, creed and religion. CIPD believes and feels the need for cooperation and solidarity among all classes of the people to achieve its goal and objectives.
CIPD believes in non-directive, bottom up, integrated and participatory development framework and acts as a catalyst with its concerned people. It aspires for a society free from exploitation, deprivation, malnutrition and oppression, where every individual will be able to get rightful shares of the resources, human rights, fulfill basic needs, where justice will be honored and people shall live in peace.

The General Board (GB) is the supreme authority of CIPD composed of 21 members (7 Female and 14 Male members). Its Executive Board is composed of 7 members elected by GB, (3 Female and 4 Male members). Every year general board members sit in a board meeting where they discuss financial and development agenda and set goal, strategic plan of the organization. After every three years, General Board members elect Executive Board members. Executive Board members in each quarter sit with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other staff to monitor different project activities. A 90-strong workforce is working, out of it 49 are females and 41 are males. Chief Executive is responsible for all projects and development works of the organization. He is accountable to the Executive Board.

Legal status :  


Registration No


Department of Social Service

Registration No- Ranga 115/11


NGO Bureau of Bangladesh

Registration No-1956



Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)

No- 003812-00620-00624



CIPD envisions Chittagong Hill Tracts is a region with customary self-governing system, rich in natural resources, economically prosperous and self reliant. The society is peaceful and egalitarian based on the values of sharing and traditional culture, where the rights of the Indigenous Peoples are established and men and women are living with equality and dignity. (Reviewed in 2013)


Improve the quality of life of the CHT permanent resident’s men and women through empowerment and enhancement of their capacity by providing technical and economic support so that they can use the natural resources for their sustainable development. Assist people for establishing their rights by strengthening customary self governing system, building awareness on gender equality and promotion of Indigenous knowledge. (Reviewed in 2013)  

Goals & Objectives. (Reviewed in 2013)
Considering the strategic issues in the context and the aspirations of a prosperous peaceful society in CHT, the following five Goals (strategic objectives) are aimed for achieving the Vision:
1) Sustainable Livelihood & Economic Empowerment
2) Promotion of Customary Self Governance
3) Empowerment for Rights; Education, Health, etc.
4) Protection and Promotion of Culture and Identity
5) Ensure Gender Justice 

Target group as beneficiaries of the Organization:
1) Rural/Urban poor,
2) Backward Jumia (Shifting cultivator),
3) Distressed female, children, Youth & old persons,

Office staff (As on January 2015):


 SL  Name of Programme  Male  Female  Total
 1 Head Office  2  1  3
 2 Micro-Credit programme  10  5  15
 3 Action Research on Alternative Development & Capacity Enhancement of local NGOs in CHT(ARAD CHT)  15  7  22
 4 People’s Empowerment for Accessing Rights to Livelihoods (PEARL)  8  4  12
 5 Enrich  1  27 28
 6 Volunteer  5  5  10
     41  49  90


 Name and Location of Offices:


Name of Office


Contact Person



Head Office

Roy Bahadur Road, Rangamati

Janalal Chakma, CEO



PEARL Project Office

Roy Bahadur Road, Rangamati

Dayal Kanti Chakma (PC)



ARAD-CHT Project Office

Rajbari Road, Rangamati

Dipujjal Khisa, (PD)



Baghaichari Branch Office

Babupara, Baghaichari Upazila

Amar Bikash Chakma,

Branch Manager (BM)



Jurachari Branch Office

Jurachari Upazila, Jurachari

Bhupati Chakma, (Community Mobilizer)



Belaichari Branch Office

Belaichari Upazila, Belaichari

Sujan Tanchangya, (Community Mobilizer)



Branch Office Bandarban



Khy hla Ching Chak

(Core facilitator)



Liaison Office, Dhaka

Shayamoli, Dhaka

Dipak Chakma,

(Office manager)



Kaptai Branch Office

Baraichari, Kaptai

 Sadan Chakma

Branch Manager


Rangamati Map

Khagrachari Map

Bandarban Map

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