Eminence Associates for Social Development (EASD) emerged as a not-for-profit organization with its brand name ‘Eminence’ to reach out the health, nutrition, education, climate change, governance, poverty, livelihood, food security and human rights realm of Bangladesh alongside contributing its potential to invigorate the existing development system. Today, Eminence is a vibrant, rapidly growing NGO, who strives to bring about a progressive Bangladesh where people live in health equity. Eminence envisions reinforcing an extensively participatory society that will be sustainable in terms of healthcare, education and economy locally as well as globally. It is registered (Reg No. - 2632) under the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Ordinance (Ordinance No. 46, 1978) of the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh and the Voluntary Social Welfare Agency (Registration and Control) Ordinance (1961) of the Ministry of Social Welfare of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the City Corporation Ordinance (1983).
Since its inception in 2003, Eminence started its venture as a non-profit organization with a vision of creating a society where the people live in equity and health justice by their maximum potential. Eminence has emphasized working in the areas of Research, Program, Training, Behavior Change Communication, Advocacy and Influential Marketing all over Bangladesh. From the very beginning of its journey, Eminence has worked with high-level government and development agencies in the field of health, nutrition, education, climate change, governance, poverty, livelihood, food security and human rights, having support from a number of reputed academics, researchers, journalists and development volunteers. In collaboration with academic and research institutions throughout the world, Eminence conducts research as well as program-based activities to create, promote, disseminate and translate evidence based knowledge into practice ensuring health justice and developmental sovereignty. Eminence Community Development Program (ECDP), PROVATEE (Early Childhood Development Program), Non Communicable Diseases Program (NCDP), Homely Endeavour for Lonely Parents (HELP), Infant and Young Child Feeding Program (IYCFP) and Urban Demographic and Health Surveillance Program (UDHSP) are geographically covering more than 30 districts of Bangladesh, reaching out at least 200,000 community people at present.
Eminence is managed by an 11 member Executive Committee (EC), 70 permanent full-time staff as well as recruits part time researchers/consultants to carry out the whole range of activities.
Our approach is rigorous and evidence-driven. Eminence has proved to be extremely proficient in conducting national and local level advocacy for policy formulating and implementation. It has created a huge and strong network with national and international actors in development to raise voice for issues related to health, nutrition, education, climate change, governance, poverty, livelihood, food security and human rights. Today, Eminence has been a keen interest to the international development funders who intends to increase investment in local ownership and provide technical assistance. We continue to evolve our approaches as well, applying our skills and experience more broadly to address the holistic needs of people and communities.
Alongside research, program and advocacy, Eminence is also involved in Behavior Change Communication (BCC) and influential marketing activities. Moreover, we offer in-house and external training facility on various subjects that interests and suits development needs. Need-based trainings are formulated in the Eminence office to improve the skills and knowledge of the health and developmental activists.
To fulfill our vision of creating a society where the people live in equity and health justice with their maximum potential, Eminence relies on the support and trust of our partners. Our funding partners include World Health Organization (WHO), ICF Macro, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Save the Children, GMMB (a full-service, strategic communications agency with offices in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles), Alive & Thrive (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded), ActionAid, ACF International (Action against Hunger), Plan Bangladesh, Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Concern World Wide, CARE, Concern Universal for a range of research, advocacy, BCC activities.
Also central to our work are our memberships in and affiliations with several national and international network organizations. From large international organizations as International Epidemiological Association (IEA) or International Union against Cancer (UICC) to local community groups, these networks help us expand our partnerships across the public and private sectors, increasing our reach and impact as well as support our global research and programs.
Eminence itself has initiated and established networks to work in the health and development sector as an opportunity for policy-level personnel, civil society, members from donor agencies, development partners and representatives from academicians, teachers and journalists to increase the understanding of global development issues and build a consensus on ways to accelerate progress. Non Communicable Diseases Forum (NCD-F), Bangladesh Nutrition and Food Security Network (BNFSN) and Common Interest Group against Tobacco (CIGAT) are such efforts to contribute to the overall health and development goal of the nation. Eminence also acts as the secretariat for Bangladesh Urban Health Network (BUHN) collaborating thirty national and international urban health and development organizations to promote improved urban health in Bangladesh through enhanced coordination and cooperation between GoB, donor and other development agencies, national and international NGOs.