History of SAP
Initially South Asia Partnership emerged as South Asia Partnership International based in Canada and South Asia Partnership Bangladesh was one of the country offices of South Asia Partnership International. Later South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (SAP-Bangladesh) has been independent as a national NGO in Bangladesh and registered under section 21 of Society Registration Act, 1860; NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh; and Micro Credit Regulatory Authority of Bangladesh.
SAP-Bangladesh is one of the key actors in the NGO development efforts in Bangladesh, working for building the capacity of small and mid level NGOs and promotes rural development in Bangladesh by implementing the pro-poor projects. It began its operation in Bangladesh in 1984 as a funding agency for local NGOs who were not capable of attracting funding from donors on their own competence. Realizing the fact over the years, SAP-Bangladesh expanded its support to include capacity building in the form of training and other technical supports in order to help these NGOs to meet the needs of the people and operate development programs more efficiently. In the last 33 years, SAP-Bangladesh provided technical and financial support to more than 350 NGOs which have field operation programs in 37 districts in Bangladesh.
The chairpersons and founding members of the organization as to date are Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder & Chairperson – BRAC, Dr. Mahmuda Islam, Mr. Md. Mohsin Ali, Advocate Sigma Huda, Mr. Md. Ataur Rahman, Dr. Kazi Faruque Ahmed, Mr. Md. Rahat Uddin Ahmed, Mr. Md. Mozammel Haque, Mr. Muhammed Kamal Uddin, Mr. Abdul Latif Dewan, Mr. Jeffrey S. Pereira, Dr. Salah Uddin, Mrs. Asrukana Das, Mrs. Taherunnesa Abdullah, and Dr. Nasir Uddin.