In 1995 a group of experienced development workers put their commitment to Bangladesh into practice by establishing Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), an independent UK-registered charity.

DAM UK was established to support the work of partner Dhaka Ahsania Mission, a leading charity in Bangladesh where it has delivered quality development programmes since 1958.


With a focus on Bangladesh, DAM UK works to:

  • extend access to quality education;
  • improve health outcomes, particularly by the provision of clean water and sanitation;
  • promote sustainable livelihoods; and
  • provide humanitarian assistance.

Our work is guided by our Strategy 2021-25

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DAM UK and Dhaka Ahsania Mission share a vision of an inclusive and sustainable Bangladesh where people of all backgrounds are able to thrive and to live their lives with dignity and respect.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission is a charity registered in Bangladesh. It has a successful track record of project implementation across Bangladesh, especially in the areas of education, health and economic development. It has won numerous awards for its work.

More details on Dhaka Ahsania Mission can be found here.

DAM UK mobilises resources in the UK and Europe for Dhaka Ahsania Mission’s work, offers technical assistance where appropriate and ensures that lessons learnt in Bangladesh are brought to policy debates across DAM UK’s network.

Partnerships are key to our work and vital for the delivery and funding of our projects


The work of DAM UK is overseen by a volunteer Council of Management

The Council of Management members are:

  • Dave Sternberg, Chairman

  • Martin Shirley, Deputy Chairman

  • Neaz Ahmed, General Secretary

  • Shamim Saifullah, Treasurer

  • Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President of DAM

  • Yasmin Khan

  • Derek Thorne

  • Raymond Kennedy

  • Jo Davies

  • Emma Crump

The day-to-day operations of DAM UK are managed by Country Representative, Matthew Lake.


The work of DAM UK is made possible by the generous support of charitable trusts and foundations, businesses and individuals.

Our latest Financial Statements are available here.

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