Securing land ownership of Munda a community driven process to safeguard social security and basic human rights

Securing land ownership of Munda a community driven process to safeguard social security and basic human rights

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Proposed project area particularly Jhenidah district has now become hunting ground for socially influential land grabbers. They take advantage of their socio-political status to evict landless community from their settlements especially to religious minority, ethnic and outcaste community. this project will establish ethnic identity for securing land ownership of Munda the indigenous community

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

According to land law of Bangladesh without any indigenous people none are authorized to purchase any property from any indigenous community. Here lays the seed of this issue. The identity especially for the indigenous people is depending on two parallel platforms. The first one is their ownership of property especially land which gives them a minimum identity to be addressed and the second one is socio-cultural acceptance what gives them a bargaining platform to demand for their rights and minimum scope for livelihood security. As the interest of the land grabbers is on the first issue so they take the shelter of second issue to reach the first one. They take advantage of their socio- political status to illegally occupy the properties of indigenous community like land and water-bodies, they fan up communal sentiments and let loose wanton atrocities on indigenous community all aimed at evicted them from their homesteads and grab their land.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The widespread deterioration of law and order situation due to failure of governance system has multiplied gender violence intensified deprivation of the resource poor community especially indigenous community (Munda) and increased peoples alienation form local development & decision making process through out the country. Active role of women community in different social movement clearly reflects enhance level of women awareness and capacity for influencing social dynamic in favor of their rights. Almost every movement have seen women of the socially disadvantage community take the led roll when the male members are unable to come in the front under pressure of administration. The social mobilization in the form of grassroots level movement envisaged in the proposed project is no exception either. Hence it may be presumed that the proposed project will greatly contribute to women empowerment. Most indigenous groups are governed by matriarchy rules and rituality, but in the case of Munda, since they are Hindu, women have no right over any resources. As a result, Munda women socio-economically live in a worse and neglected situation and that is degrading further in increased trend of poverty. This process will enhance the property rights of Munda women through establishing their indigenous identity. Also they will be given legal support to revive their ownership on land & property. One of the major aims of this project to chalk out the key issues for enhancing decision making process of women both at family and community level. The women group members will be acting together as a united platform to act against all kind of socio-cultural discrimination along with others. And inter & intra relation among the groups will be given them a bargaining platform for establishing their human rights.
Impact: How does it Work

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1. Grass root level indigenous people’s organizations has developed as a bargaining platform of Munda to establish their basic human rights 33 union level and 6 upazilla level organization will be developed for a strong bottom up bargaining platform for their rights. Different right based issues will be discuss at grassroots level meeting and recommendation will be brought up to Upazilla level meeting to enhance social movement and sensitized the issue. Through the district level organization these issues will be acknowledge to different administrative tier of government and policy makers. 2. Relevant institute and personnel become supportive to promote indigenous rights Relevant institutions government, public & private will be brought together in different meeting and seminar to discuss on this issue. Besides being aware they also act as a linking catalyst for policy advocacy. 3. Court cases are supported (property right & land issue) for Munda community to resolve 25 court cases will be supported on behalf of Munda victim on their land and property issues. Support means lawyer fees and other administrative financial support for running the court cases. In here women will be given extra priority according to Restrictions on alienation of land by Aboriginals as they are always the worst victim of property rights. 4. The community awareness is increased on indigenous people’s rights This output is a community behavioral change which ultimate impact is to promote socio-communal harmony. Social prejudice, religious dogma will be reduced to minimize cast discrimination. On this issue local elected bodies will be trained as well. Including civil society a social force will be developed in favor of indigenous community to establish their rights. For that local elected bodies will be engaged in this process especially women UP (Local Government) members as the key role player to up hold the aboriginal women issues and problem.
About You
Padma Research and Development Organization
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Section 2: About Your Organization
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Organization Name

Padma Research and Development Organization

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31/1 mirjapur Road, Yousuf Row, Khulna

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How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Activities for output 1
 Group formation and organization development
 Residential training on leadership & organization development for group members
 Residential training on human & indigenous peoples' right for group members
 Upazilla level quarterly meeting with civil society
 Union level monthly meeting with civil society
Activities for output 2
 Union level monthly meeting
o Organize meeting on different indigenous right base issue at 33 Unions at every month
 Training for local elected bodies on indigenous right
Activities for output 3
 Court case support
o Review the present status of different court cases of indigenous community
o Selection of court cases to provide support
o Engage lawyer on behalf of victim
Activities for output 4
 Half yearly district level workshop & seminar


The programme has the goal to assist the community to achieve prosperity and to live in the society with dignity and equity irrespective of gender, cast and trait. As a citizen they should have the access to all the basic facilities and have the rights to uphold their identity legitimately. However, evidently, the indigenous class in the country has gradually been losing their identity under some predominate vested motives. To prevent the trend it is themselves who should be aware of the situation and initiate a holistic approach to come up with full strength to establish their rights to live with dignity and prosperity. The ultimate impact is to promote socio-communal harmony. Social prejudice, religious dogma will be reduced to minimize cast discrimination. On this issue local elected bodies will be trained as well. Including civil society a social force will be developed in favor of indigenous community to establish their rights.

How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


If so, how?

Different organization will be developed at different stage by the indigenous community to make policy linkage and advocacy in favor of indigenous community.
Sound land policy and secure tenure are also important in promoting environmental improvements and sustainable resource management. Land policies and land institutions should ensure that poor people gain new livelihood opportunities and that their rights are protected. Land institutions are a vital element of effective governance. Where they are weak, as the case is in the South-west region, the rights of the Munda women are particularly at risk. Well functioning property rights and land institutions underpin economic development and help reduce corruption and social conflict. This project advocates a rights-based approach to land meaning advocacy and representation of the indigenous community in land management. Side by side strengthening the capacity of civil society (including local government) to represent the indigenous community in land reform processes is very vital to meet these challenges.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.

• Foundation For Youth Social Entrepreneurship
• Building Partnership for Development (BPD),
• South Asian Network for Development of Environmental Economic (SANDEE),
• Path Fainder, International Security Network (ISN),
• One World South Asia (OWSA),
• Global Knowledge Partnership –GKP (YSEI - fellowship),
• Orion Society,
• Honor the earth, Department For International Development (DFID),
• Rescore Center for Participatory Learning and Action (RCPLA),
• Global Fund for Woman.
• Taking IT Global
• i-genius

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Padma is a research based organization. The vital source of revinew is internationational publication and action research.

International Publication:
• Publication on Agricultural Advisory Services: Towards an Innovation System Approach at ISDA 2010 Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food 28 June - 1 July 2010 Montpellier, France.
• A publication on participatory marketing management titled “Institutionalization of Agriculture Knowledge Management System for rural farming community” by Resource Center for Participatory Learning and Action (RCPLA)
• “Building up capacity of the civil society through ICT based knowledge management System to ensure global security” publish by International Security Network (ISN)

Innovative seed funding
Youth Social Enterprise Initiative YSEI fellowship 2006-07: (
Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) is a high-engagement social venture program for emerging young social entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Through the Emergence Fellowship , YSEI aims to invest in young visionaries who have big ideas and who need crucial startup support to turn their ideas into action. The start-up support includes:

• Startup financing up to USD15,000
• Essential development knowledge & tools on social entrepreneurship
• Technical consulting through mentorship
• Access to diverse networks

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Munda, the community which is going to be addressed by this project, is the most backward class in the southwest part of Bangladesh. This indigenous community first migrated in this part from Bihar of India during the period of British rule. They were brought as bondage labor to work for cleaning the jungle (Sunderban) for establishing human settlement. Since than, until now, many development initiatives have been taken in this area, but all these efforts in stead of benefiting the community has rather considerably damaged their culture, traits, norms and entity. Munda maintains a different culture and language and live almost on natural endowments. All of their livelihood means are largely managed through gathering from nature. Locally they are called Buno, means ‘jungle-people’, and people of the locality treat them as well animals alike. They are the most isolated class in their locality. They have almost no access to any social facilities. Education, health, economy into all these basic facilities they have hardly any access. Due to their different culture and language children can not rightly contact the usual education information, and most often they get drop-out even not completing grade I. Maximum Munda people depend on traditional heath care and often fall in sever health risks specially with reproductive health where women’s suffering is devastating. Although Munda is Hindu, their pattern of worship is different than typical Hindu practice. In their worship, nature gets more priority than the gods. They belong to lower caste and are severely hated by the majority people of the area. As they are Hindu it has made them different than other indigenous groups on many issues like property rights. The main occupation of this community is selling labor in agriculture sector. Apart from that, nowadays, few have started to engage in rickshaw-van pulling and running different small trades. However, invariably under socio-economic point of analysis Munda community belongs to the category of helpless poor. Though in the other part of Bangladesh few NGOs have some programmes for their development but not very specifically focused on their problems, and based on identifying their real needs and demands for a sustainable development. Major efforts have so far been taken are charity or some ad hock development initiatives and these are largely chosen being felt by the NGOs rather through consulting with the community. This project has an obvious motive to fill that gap and to assist the community to identify the ways and means of development basing on their desired vision towards sustained results.

Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.

I was born in 1979 in Bangladesh. After studying engineering, I started to work as a volunteer in social development organizations in 1999. I want to bring an institutional shape of indigenous knowledge. I also plan to establish an university for indigenous knowledge promotion.

Being a progressive dedicated youth my passion is always insisting me to contribute to social transformation. Moved by the sorrows and distress of the poor and socio-economic discrimination in respect of class, cast, creed and gender, I formed an organization called Padma, signifying the name of most important river in Bangladesh.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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Which (if any) of the following strategies apply to your organization or company (check as many as apply)

Policy advocacy to strengthen property rights or increase security of tenure, Formalizing and documenting property rights (i.e. titling, leasing or certification), Legal education and awareness, Developing/applying technology for surveying, mapping and documenting property rights.

Please explain how your work furthers one or many of the above strategies (if you selected “other”, please explain your strategy)

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