Development Association for Self-reliance, Communication and Health (DASCOH) is a non-government, non-political and non-profit development organization. Utilizing local knowledge of the people at grass root and also available resources at local level DASCOH has put forward an alternative participatory development process. It has developed a trained workforce who has professional learning as well as the capacity of being flexible in decision making. DASCOH is using coaching method to develop human capital and thus helping to develop the capacity of local government institutions, which is reflected in the project planning and management with local government, private sector, donors and the community.
Currently, it operates five projects, the Sustainable Solution for the Delivery of Safe Drinking Water (SDSD Phase-V), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion for the Vulnerable Barind Tract Communities in Naogaon District (Shortly WaSH in Barind Tract), Public Health Improvement Initiative Rajshahi Project (PHIIR), SETU Chapai Nawabganj HLP District Hub, Support to implement Hygiene, Sanitation and Water supply (HYSAWA) project along with Capacity Enhancement of Local Government Institutions and Partner organisations.
With financial support from the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), the Swiss Agency for Devevlopment and Cooperation (SDC) and HYSAWA Fund Office, DASCOH has been operating projects in the water and sanitation sector (WatSan) in hard to reach (H2R) areas but service to the extreme poor population that includes; Water point installation (TW, DW); Water quality testing; Construction of hygienic latrines; Hygiene promotion through community based court yard session, School brigade and Folk theatre; Capacity enhancement of the community to demand services; Capacity enhancement of the LGIs for transparent delivery of sevices etc and in health sector to revitalise the Community Clinic in ensuring primary health care services to the rural poor. While World Bank Bangladesh Has supported of SETU the HLP Chapai Nawabgonj District hub under Horizontal Learning Program (HLP) a program leading by local goverment where the member of the platform take initiative to find their good practices and share those among the members with their own initiative. The ultimate goal of all projects is to improve the ” Local Governance” of the LGIs.