Prantic Background

Welcome to Prantic Unnayan Society

Prantic Unnayan Society (Prantic) was established in 1998 targeting to address the vulnerable women and children living in urban and rural areas.


AFM Rezaul Karim


Arifun Nahar Ahmed


Under the dynamic leadership of Mr. AFM Rezaul Karim the Founder Chairperson and Executive Director of Prantic, a team of like minded youths having experience, skill and commitment in working for the poor contributed to establish this organisation. Idea of establishing such organisation came in mind while the Chairman was leading a community initiated relief program to support the flood victims in 1998 living in the slum areas near the capital city Dhaka. Prantic is now working in three upazilas under two districts of Bangladesh.


PRANTIC envisions a world in which people are living with dignity, in harmony with nature and empowered with better access to health, education and well-being.

Mission :

PRANTIC works with the marginalized, oppressed and displaced people to enhance their quality of life, reducing hunger and poverty, and care for the earth.

Strategies :

Prantic follows a multidimensional, integrated and proactive strategy to empower the beneficiaries. One is social mobilization for example, organizing beneficiaries at local level to appear as a ‘critical mass’ to attain bargaining power with the local government and opponent forces. Develops skill and capacity through awareness raising, providing training and technological support. Provides assistance to increase greater access and control over local level decision-making bodies and resources with their own leadership.

Beneficiary criteria​

Prantic works with “Prantic” families. “Prantic” is a Bengali word means cornered or marginal. “Unnayan” means development. Hence PranticUnnayan Society works for the development of marginal families, children and women in particular. Prantic classifies beneficiaries into following four social strata:
Political: Alienated or forced to leave ancestral holdings due to political rivalry, exploitation by the rich or pressure from dominant class/religion.
Natural: Alienated and migrated due to natural calamities such as flood, river erosion and others.
Social: Alienated due to lack of social acceptance such as sex workers, orphans, street children, adolescents and working children in the households.
Economic: Laborers, hawkers, small traders, marginal farmers and sharecroppers who are struggling with subsistence income and imposed to take foods below minimum requirement and having no surplus irrespective of cast, religion, and ethnicity.

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