Shamunnay is a sister concern of Bangladesh. Currently, there are six local committees in the six districts of Bangladesh. It has been registered as an independent organization under the Department of Social Services, Government of Bangladesh in 2003.
The purpose of Shamunnay is to be a catalyst for the innovative and indigenous approach of development, well being of the people or groups mentioned above through human approach. Shamunnay works in favor of people’s rights and socio-economic development, which in turn will facilitate a sustainable and equitable improvement of life.
Shamunnay stimulates documentation, exchanges and dissemination of success stories of its own and other developmental organizations working in the similar area. In the search for social justice, Shamunnay acts as a network of individuals and institutions (including grassroots movements, academia, policy-makers, progressive people and sector, women’s and children’s organizations, organizations working for disabled groups, government and international agencies) working at local and national levels
Shamunnay, in its various studies, has shown its specialization in the following areas.
- Various aspects of macro-economy, particularly the socioeconomic impact of economic reforms.
- Budget studies from the perspective of Poor and other primary stakeholders
- Agricultural Budget in Bangladesh.
- Environment regeneration by people’s efforts on the basis of traditional knowledge and skill.
- Health, nutrition and social status of the most disadvantaged group: mother and children.
- Disaster and people’s coping strategies during and after disasters.
- Socio-cultural attitudes, norms and conventions and their manifestation in different forms of art.
- Educational and instructional materials for promoting a better understanding of society, gender, history, culture and economy.
- Communication, advocacy and audio-visual materials on developmental, cultural and other rightful issues.
- Dissemination and publication of findings from studies and research through various means such as policy dialogue, audio-visual and print media.
- Facilitation of human resource, development and promotion of higher education in socioeconomic and cultural disciplines through research, fellowships, seminars, workshops, training courses and lecture series.
- Logistical support for facilitation of training and development.
- Fostering and promoting creative entrepreneurship in the fields of culture and development.
- Research, documentation and preservation of important artifacts and manuscripts related to the socioeconomic, environment and culture of Bangladesh.
- Establishing links with the future generation on various issues of economic and environmental governance for sustainable development.