Background of CRDS

Center for Resource Development Studies Ltd (CRDS) is a multi-disciplinary consulting, research, and training provider organization. It was established initially as single ownership entity in 2004 as Center for Resources Development (CRD), which was subsequently incorporated as a limited company with the Registrar of Joint Stock Company, Bangladesh in 2009 under the companies act (act XVIII) of 1994 and re-named as Center for Resource Development Studies Ltd (CRDS).
CRDS, a new generation promising and rising company, has developed its institutional capacity to cater to services as required and preferred by bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. Government is one of the major clients of the company. Bracing the notion of continuous adaptation and integration to newly emerging fields, the organization has attained the capacity to respond to growing demands of multi-disciplinary critical assignments. CRDS provides the consulting services in the fields of environment, water resources management that includes flood management, drainage and irrigation, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, water supply and sewerage, rural development, energy & power, rural and urban infrastructure, forestry & environment, health & hygiene, education, social science, institutional development & capacity building, good governance, entrepreneurship development including supply & value chain analysis, climate change adaption (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM), information technology (IT) and training. CRDS also deals with policy-oriented research, mainly in agriculture & rural development, irrigation, climate change adaptation, trade & economics and human resource & population. In addition, CRDS also provides training support to different national (GO & NGO) and international organizations, and has developed its infrastructure to render training support both in-country and abroad.
Collaboration and linkage with national and international consulting firms, academic institutions including policy research and scientific bodies is an additional advantage for the organization to undertake critical assignments in water, agriculture, fisheries and livestock sector and feel more confident to undertake sector studies, technical assistance projects, feasibility studies, impact assessments, carrying out EIA & SIA etc.

Professionalism mainly hinges upon the number of professionals working directly with the organization. Therefore, CRDS strives hard to fortify its institutional backbone with more permanent professionals and make project management and implementation professional centred, instead of sheer dependence on external consultants. Uptake of new experiences to quickly adapt to knowledge and technologies of the development sector and intake of professionals makes the organization dynamic, service oriented and responsive to all compliance standards including anti-corruption policy, ethical standards and confidentiality as well as stipulated guidelines of transparency and accountability. Over the years and since its establishment, the organization has realized and internalized the laws relating to procurement, operational guidelines of ADB and World Bank and conceived general and special conditions of donors, clients, government as the principle to build on and adhere to a set of governance principle. Breaking the traditional barriers, CRDS makes its journey with a vision that the organization will grow up to live up to expectation of the sector.

Ever since its establishment in 2004, CRDS rendered a number of research works and consultancy services in diversified development projects and earned a reputation for excellence. CRDS has impressive record of experience in conducting baseline surveys and studies, agro-socio-economic surveys, community need assessment through PRA, planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects etc. CRDS offers the services that includes project identification studies and preparation of project profile; training need assessment, development of policies & strategies including sector investment plan, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies – technical and economic; physical and socio-economic survey; project benefit monitoring and impact evaluation; planning – physical planning, master planning, area planning; design and drawing – architectural, interior, structural, landscape; preparation of tender documents and technical specification; preparation of operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals; detailed supervision of project management and process monitoring; agricultural, environmental and socio-economic studies; topographical and hydrological survey; human resource development & skill training and customized engineering & software development etc.
Climate Change Unit- Climate change is already an established fact as global temperature has been increasing steadily for the last two decades. Consequences of such climate changes are evident in many areas of the world. The geographical location of Bangladesh and it’s terrain has subjected the country to the vulnerabilities of climate change, the consequences of which are generally identified as sea level rise, erratic precipitation regimes, higher tidal inundation, inland intrusion of saline water, soil erosion, seasonal drought, flash flood and cyclone. So, according to the need base demand of Bangladesh, CRDS has established the Climate Change Unit (CCU) which provides climatic data from its database and provides services on livelihood changes due to climate change, climate change adaption (CCA), disaster risk management (DRM) and research on climate change.
CRDS is registered with several leading national and international agencies which include United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) – Bangladesh; Operations Research Group Ltd. New Delhi, India; Hifab International AB, Stockholm, Sweden; AIA Engineers Ltd. of Houston, Texas, USA; Associated International Developments Consultants, LLC, Arizona, USA; South Asia Enterprise Development Facilities (SEDF-The World Bank Group); WaterAid, Bangladesh; Practical Action, Bangladesh; NETZ_ Bangladesh; Hellen Keller International, Bangladesh; Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE); Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED); Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) etc.
CRDS is staffed by eminent, experienced and qualified professionals. CRDS is keen on implementing the assignments and project with help of in-house professionals. Besides, CRDS maintains a computerized roster of more than 50 potential short and long-term senior consultants and professionals in various disciplines, experienced with in-depth knowledge in their respective field.
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