About Us

SoMaSHTe Society for Media and Suitable Human-communication Techniques (in short SoMaSHTe, in Bengali: সমষ্টি) is a media and communication focused non-profit organization working for driving social goods. SoMaSHTe envisions a pluralistic society free from poverty and injustice where every individual’s basic needs and rights, and access to media and information are ensured. By building the capabilities of the people involved in the media, SoMaSHTe focuses on to raise the voices of the poor and marginalized, particularly of women and children, to promote positive impacts in their lives. To foster sustainable development, the organization promotes human rights, social justice, governance, gender equality and other social issues by engaging media and frontier communication initiatives. Through its activities, SoMaSHTe influences markets and social systems that resulting in benefits in the livelihoods of the poor through media stimulation.

SoMaSHTe was established in 2005, Media and communication is the key focus area of SoMaSHTe’s programmes and projects. SoMaSHTe follows the Communication for Development (C4D) approach in its programming.

The organization works alongside media and development partners to create wider spaces for the unheard voices so that more care is given to protect the world around the poor and marginalized.

SoMaSHTe is a key specialized organization in the media and communication sector in Bangladesh. It runs activities on capacity development, research, content development, social communication, promotion and advocacy. Over the years, SoMaSHTe worked with national and international organizations and covered the areas related to human rights, governance, gender equality, making markets works for the poor (M4C), climate justice, women and child rights.

SoMaSHTe is a pioneer organization that has taken the leading role in activating pro-poor and women farmers focused Agriculture Journalism in Bangladesh following a market-based approach. SoMaSHTe has developed and exclusively promoting Human Rights-based Approach to Journalism and Advocacy Journalism for social change.

SoMaSHTe also publishes The Desher Khobor, an online newspaper that presents rural news and promotes citizen reporting.

The not-for-profit organization has extensive experiences in developing and delivering training courses focusing on a wide range of issues in line with its area of specialization. SoMaSHTe’s expertise also includes training need assessment, course design, module development, and training course conduction. SoMaSHTe also led the development and publication of a handbook on agricultural journalism which is now referred to as a text book for journalism students by some of the public and private universities.

LEGAL STATUS

  • SoMaSHTe is a registered Trustee under the Registration Act of 1908. (No. 2593, Date: 18/5/2007)
  • SoMaSHTe is registered under The Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Registration No. S-11863, Date: 16/03/2014)

 

NAME OF THE TRUSTEES

Dr. Zahed M. Masud (Development Expert), Chairperson

Mir Shahidul Alam (Communication, Training, Advocacy and Development Expert), Vice Chairperson

Mir Masrur Zaman (Media, Communication, Training and Development Expert), Member Secretary

Md. Mahmudul Karim (Business Consultant), Treasurer

Dilruba Arfin (Social Worker), Member

Ms Shahnaz Sharmeen Rinvy (Journalist), Member

Mumita Tanjeela (Gender Specialist), Member

 

ADVISORS

Professor Dr. Sakahwat Ali Khan, Supernumerary Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka

Dr. Golam Rahman, Chief Information Commissioner, Bangladesh

Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, President, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ)

Dr. Bikis Rahman, Gender Specialist, Assistant Professor and Director, Student Affairs, Independent University.

DIRECTORS

Mir Masrur Zaman (CEO)

Mir Shahidul Alam (Programme)

Md. Rezaul Haque (Research and Communication)

ADVISORY DIRECTORS

Md. Mahbub Ullah, ICT Specialist, CEO, Geoplan Bangladesh.

Md. Zahid Newaz Khan, News Editor, Channel-I, Dhaka.

Nazrul Islam Mithu, Chief Reporter, The Daily Sun, Dhaka.

Sharmin Rinvi, News Editor, Bangla Vision, Dhaka.

Kazi Maruful Islam, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Development Studies, DU

 

CORE CONSULTANTS AND POOL OF RESOURCE PERSONS

M. Khairul Kabir, former Director General, Bangladesh Academy of Rural Development (BARD)

Ajoy Dasgupta, Associate Editor & Head of the Editorial Department, the Daily Samakal

Zahangir Alam, National Project Director, Agriculture Rural Radio Project and Firm Broadcasting Officer, Agriculture Information Service (AIS)

Reaz Ahmad, News Editor, the Daily Star

Shahanaz Munni, News Editor, ATN Bangla

A K M Rahmat Ali Howlader, Media Specialist, WSP- The World Bank, Dhaka Office

Dr. Abul Monsur Ahmed, Assistant. Professor, Department of Mass-Communication & Journalism, University of Dhaka

Fahmidul Haque, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass-communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka

Firoj Zaman Chowdhury, Assistant Editor, the Daily Prothom Alo, Dhaka.

Mahmud Menon Khan, Head of News, Banglanews24, Dhaka.

Amin Al Rsheed, Senior Reporter & News Presenter, ABC Radio, Dhaka

Mubarak Hossain, Development Expert

Babita Rani Das (Shuvra), Training Expert

T. M. Abdullah Al Shafi, Editor, newsNet, Dhaka

Sultan Ahmed, Joint News Editor, GTV

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