Democracywatch (DW) is a national level development organisation which aims to establish good governance and uphold human rights in Bangladesh. The organisation works to strengthen democratic institutions and the electoral process; build a nationwide network of civil society organisations; and sensitise stakeholders about democratic culture, social responsibilities, and the rule of law.
Since its inception, DW has brought citizen concerns to government, monitored policies and encouraged political participation at community level, and provided a wealth of training related to democracy, human rights and good governance.
DW promotes gender equity and gender issues in every sphere of society. The organisation has gained a reputation sensitising people, especially youth, on issues related to gender and governance. It formed a Gender Resource Centre that not only promotes gender issues but also tracks the state of violence against women, children, the poor and minority people. The Centre holds a "Gender Fair" every year where it arranges exhibitions, seminars, presents study reports on gender issues, and gives awards to women activists who have acted as role-models in the fields of women empowerment.
- Over 30,000 youths have been trained. They are aware of their rights and many of them are employed in leading positions in government, national and international corporations and NGOs. It also imparts Gender and Governance Training especially for women through its Gender Resource Center (GRC).
- Democracywatch has worked with about 400 local partner organisations around the country and about 20 donors and development partners. It has worked directly in 1,000 Union Parishads and 54 Municipalities and has professional networks with about 2,000 UPs and 54 Municipalities.
- DW has been closely working with government organisations, national and local NGOs and CBOs to promote good governance and human rights at community level.
Apart from Head Office in Dhaka, DW also has 16 district offices in Jessore, Narail, Faridpur, Magura, Nilphamari, Netrokona, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Sirajgonj, Pabna, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Barisal, Jhalakathi including two in Mymensingh. Currently DW is implementing more than 10 projects in 218 Union Parishads, 39 Upazila Parishads and 20 Paurashavas of 17 Districts