BISAP is the acronym of “Bangladesh Integrated Social Advancement Programme”. It is a non-political, non-profitable, secular and non-government development organization. It came into existence in 1989 in response to the felt-needs of the area's poor people, especially problems of endemic poverty, which manifest in landlessness, unemployment, illiteracy, malnutrition and vulnerability to frequent natural disasters, by the active initiative of local social workers, philanthropists and educators with a goal to alleviate poverty through empowerment, education and resource mobilization for improving their lives and livelihoods, and innovating appropriate development strategies to lead the programme towards sustainability.
BISAP is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau, Government of Bangladesh under Foreign Donation (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Rules, 1978 having Reg. No. FD/R -659 dated 22.10.1992
BISAP's mission is to assist the underprivileged population, especially women and children, to empowerment them to lead a productive and healthy life.
BISAP works in Bangladesh. It's target populations are both rural and urban. The initiatives are community based.
Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas
We have experienced a lot of social & cultural barriers while implementing these projects. People are habituated to old cultural norms. It is difficult to break certain practices. But BISAP is working to make the user comfortable with the new technologies. BISAP is creating a belief about the importance of clean technologies such as ICS & Biogas.
BISAP has 6 operational offices under 4 districts, and 98 skilled staff, who are trained in the renewable energy sector. We use many promotional materials for the renewable energy market & now successfully for ICS/biogas users.
BISAP lacks technology standardisation for cooking, heating and ventilation. It is not well equipped to measure the stove efficiency and air quality in the kitchen. BISAP's interest in this area is to build the capacity of its staff in technology standardisation for cooking, heating and ventilation.
In its improved cookstove program, BISAP mainly focuses on cookstove users, especially mother and child health. Currently BISAP as part of its mandate is undertaking investigation and compliance monitoring of indoor air pollution. However indoor air pollution exposure levels and health monitoring in vulnerable groups like children and women is yet to be conducted. These areas are of interest to BISAP as no significant study has been done in this area. The situation could be alarming since the majority of Bangladesh's rural and urban inhabitants use poorly constructed stoves, firewood and agricultural residue as energy sources.
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Our Contribution to the Partnership
BISAP wishes to contribute to the partnership in the following ways:
1. To strengthen present ICS network
4. Demonstration programme
6. Exchange of information and sharing of research findings with PNGOs