About BSAF

About BSAF

Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) is an apex body of development organizations working for child rights in Bangladesh. Initially the number of member NGOs of the forum was 18 which rises to 267 at present. Its representative and national status gives it a greater reach to draw attention to issues concerning the rights and well-being of children at national, regional and international levels.

Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum advocates a Child-Friendly world. It works as a networking entity. It brings together and assists child rights organizations to pursue common goals. It helps synthesize the viewpoints of member organizations and works to mobilize material and human resources to take child rights programs to scale. It provides collective leadership in program matters to member organizations but does not engage itself in service delivery. It works with lawmakers and decision-makers to bring positive changes in national laws and policies relating to children. It runs a vigorous campaign at macro level to make the civil society aware of the provisions of CRC and plays a proactive role in promoting and upholding these rights. It also provides guidelines and assistance to member organizations to carry out awareness for creating and community empowerment activities at their respective levels.

Established in 1990, following ratification of CRC by Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum has been engaged in networking and social mobilization and established linkages with relevant government organizations, UN agencies, inter-governmental and other national and international organizations to promote and protect the rights of children.


Aim of BSAF

Aim of BSAF is the substantive enforcement of the UNCRC with the aim of enhancing children's overall development


Vision: To establish a healthy, child-rights enriched society, free of abuse, exploitation and discrimination for the disadvantaged children of Bangladesh.

Goal: The goal of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum is to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


·        To play an effective role for the purpose of implementing the CRC

·        To create mass awareness on Child Rights

·        To assist in the formation of Legal framework for the protection of child rights

·        To increase the access to fundamental rights

·        To protect children from Worst forms of Child Labour (WFCL)

·        To implement children policy



  • To raise awareness and advocacy on child rights
  • To organise research into key areas relating to issues of children
  • To lobby with Government and concerned stakeholders on implementation of CRC
  • To organise a strong network of NGOs on child rights
  • To mobilize government agencies, civil societies and NGOs for ensuring protection and participation rights of children
  • To increase capacity of member NGOs as well as the BSAF Secretariat



  • Elimination of Child Labor
  • Withdrawal of Reservation on Article 21 of UNCRC which relates to adoption law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Establishment of Child Ombudsman / Child Rights Commission



BSAF is a national level platform of NGOs working on the areas of establishing child rights in the country. BSAF is active member of several committees with regard to child rights issue at the ministry level and at abroad as well. It raises its voice for the establishment of child rights in accordance with the UNCRC at all levels of the society. BSAF ensures participation and contribution of children at the grass root level in preparing alternative report on child rights situation in Bangladesh and send the same to UN from its very inception.

Working Areas

BSAF works in the every aspect of child rights especially in the field of advocacy for promoting the rights of the children in Bangladesh. Currently BSAF has member NGOs in 56 Districts. All of these MNGOs has specific activities for protecting and promotion of the rights of the children. Besides, BSAF also has some activities at the district and upazila level implemented by its MNGOs.

Legal Status

BSAF is registered under Foreign Donation (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Ordinance 1978 (amended in 1982) with NGO Affairs Bureau, under the Prime Minister's Office and the registration number is 724, dated 4th July 1993 and renewed on 14th August 2008.


Since 2005, Terre des Hommes - Netherlands remains the key funding agency of BSAF. BSAF implemented two phases of a project on Promotion of UNCRC in Bangladesh with the support of TDH-NL. During the period, major focus was given on promotion of UNCRC and some other related areas like awareness and advocacy on child trafficking, drug abuse, elimination of worst forms of child labour, ECD, child abuse and child exploitation, rehabilitation of abused children, awareness on UNCRC and capacity building of MNGOs for influencing policies. Since 2011, TDH-NL supports BSAF another project titled "Advocacy for the Elimination of Hazardous Child Labour in Bangladesh" with emphasis on protection rights of children which includes advocacy on elimination of hazardous child labour, child trafficking, domestic violence against children, child abuse & exploitation, rehabilitation of abused & exploited children, capacity building of BSAF secretariat and MNGOs. The duration of the project is July 2011- June 2014.

Advocacy for promotion of rights of the children is a regular activity of BSAF. In this regard every year BSAF organized much short term project relating to children's affairs with support of other donors especially International Labour Organization (ILO) and Save the Children. In the reporting period ILO supported BSAF to disseminate NPA of NCLEP 2010 at local and national level with relevant stakeholders. Save the children supported BSAF in preparing alternative report along with the core project support funded by TdH-NL. BSAF also observed World Day against Child Labour 2012 in which ILO, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Save the Children and Ministry of Labour and Employment provide support. In previous, BSAF implemented its activities with support of many other funders like Save the Children- UK, UNICEF, OXFAM, Save the Children- Australia, Save the Children- Sweden Denmark, Plan Bangladesh, Action Aid UK, Norwegian Embassy, Bangladesh Freedom Foundation (BFF), Global March against Child Labour, DANIDA.

Governance of BSAF

Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum has a General Body (GB), an Executive Board and a Secretariat to carry out its mandate and activities. Presently there are 267 NGOs who are members of the General Body. The General Body meets at least once a year to review the activities of the past year and approve plans and budget for the coming year with important events. An eleven member Executive Board is elected in the Annual General Meeting for a period of two years. The Director of BSAF is the Ex-officio Member Secretary of the Executive Board [EB]. The EB formulates its policies, approves action plans, mobilizes resource and reviews the overall activities of BSAF. The EB is accountable to General Body.

The following are the current EB members of BSAF who are child rights activist

Desginated Person
Representing Organization
1. Chairperson Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury United Development Initiatives for Programmed Actions (UDDIPAN), Dhaka
2. Vice-Chairperson Mr. Iqbal Ahammad Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra, Dhaka
3. Treasurer Mr. Qazi Shamsul Alam Bikalpa Unnayan Karmashuchi (BUK), Barisal
4. Member Ms. Rabeya Sultana Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Dhaka (Resigned from DAM. Thus the position in the EB is lying vacant)
5. Member Ms. Shahida Begum Bulbul Samaj Kallyan Sangstha (BSKS),Jessore
6. Member Mr. K.M Enayet Hossain Society Development Agency (SDA), Patuakhali
7. Member Mr. Md. Nurul Islam Dulu Debi Chowdhurani Palli Unnayan Kendra (DCPUK), Rangpur
8. Member Ms. Yeasmin Parvin Jugantor Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (JSUS), Chitagong
9. Member Ms. Shahin Akther Doly Nari Maitree, Dhaka
10. Member Mr. Binoy Krishna Mallick Rights Jessore, Jessore
11. Member Mr. Mahbubul Huq Villege Integrated Development Association (VIDA), Dhaka
12. Member Secretary Mr. Abdus Shahid Mahmood Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF)


BSAF Secretariat and Management Operation:

BSAF secretariat is based in Dhaka and operated in a rented house. The secretariat is headed by a Director who is the Chief Executive of the organization and assisted by some core staff members. The cost of the core staff members of the secretariat is usually shared by various development partners. The staff members are recruited for the projects supported by the development partners. They are also involved in implementing activities of BSAF supported by other stakeholders and development partners. Currently there are 9 staff members at BSAF secretariat. Besides the Director, there is one Programme Officer- Advocacy and Networking, one Programme Officer- Research, Information and Documentation, one assistant program officer-Research Infprmation and Documentation, one Accounts and Admin Officer, One Driver, one Messanger and two Support Service staff. The core staff members at the administration have been reduced during the last two years since phasing out of some projects. As a result the post of Assiatant Program Officer is lying vacant and BSAF has been exploring support from various development partners to strengthen the secretariat.

Designation Name Joining Date
Director Abdus Shahid Mahmood

September 2005 (As Coordinator)

February 2014 (As Director)


Program Officer-Advocacy and Networking Halima Akther October 2008
Program Officer-Research, Information and Documentation Azmi Akter November 2014
Accounts and Admin Officer Md. Abdul Hakim March 2016
Assistant Program Officer Vacant Since March 2015


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