CLS Development Partners

Department for International Development (UK) 

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the official development cooperation office of the United Kingdom, with offices in many parts of the world, including Bangladesh. The goal of the department is ‘to promote sustainable development and eliminate poverty’. The main areas of work are Education, Health, Social Service, Water Supply and Sanitation, Government and Civil Society, Economic Sector, Environment Protection, Research and Humanitarian Assistance. Most UK aid goes to developing countries either directly or through an international body, whichever is judged to achieve the best results. DFID is planning to spend an average of 250 million GBP per year in Bangladesh until 2015. DFID in Bangladesh has put together a team of experts to provide guidance to the implementing consortium of CLS.

The Implementing Consortium

Maxwell Stamp PLC (Lead Implementer)

Maxwell Stamp PLC (MSP) is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading consultancies in the field of economic and human development, with a strong and proven commitment to poverty alleviation in developing countries. Since we were established fifty years ago we have expanded into a global group, with experience in over 165 countries with offices in London, Dhaka and satellite offices throughout the world.

We are an international development consultancy with the goal in all our work of promoting broad based and pro-poor economic growth. We work directly for national and regional governments, private enterprises, and non-governmental organisations. We specialise in supporting developing country governments in the design, management and evaluation of large scale poverty reduction programmes targeting the poorest, including social protection and assistance, livelihoods and basic service delivery programmes, and in providing technical assistance through research and capacity building, to strengthen government policy development and programme implementation. Our work also includes livelihoods and poverty impact assessments, technical assistance to government ministries, financial services development, trade impact assessments, private sector development and evaluation of donor programmes.

MSP also has an extensive prior experience in implementing programmes with legal components, particularly in areas such as improving access to justice, dispute resolution and mediation (in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Zambia); strengthening gender rights and associated legislation (in Bangladesh and Ethiopia); legal education (in Afghanistan and Ethiopia); and Public Interest Litigation (in Zambia).

Our in-house technical staff specialise in projects that focus on Community-based Development approaches, large-scale Programme and Fund Management, grant scheme and fund disbursal, the establishment of M&E frameworks, developing Management Information Systems (MIS), and capacity building. MSP has successfully changed attitudes and influenced policy towards large-scale social protection and social assistance through thorough and well communicated impact evaluations. We have a strong track record and an excellent understanding of the region’s socioeconomic and political context informed through previous assignments undertaken in the region.

The British Council

The British Council was founded in 1934 in order to create cultural relations and trust working in six continents and more than 100 countries of the world. We work with governments, donors, civil society and private sector clients to provide services that meet their needs. We have worked in development for more than 40 years, adapting our approaches to diverse and ever changing circumstances. We have an excellent record in supporting successful project design and management with strong local, regional and international networks benefiting clients with the latest expertise in international development.

In Bangladesh, we have been a partner for positive social change in the fields of English language development; education management and sector reform; skills development for employability and wealth creation; access to justice; public administration reform and social development.  We have more than 80 staff in Dhaka operating from three sites and deliver services to the Asian Development Bank, European Union and the UK’s Department for International Development.


The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) is an independent and non-profit organization and creates choice and capability in dispute prevention and resolution. CEDR was founded in 1990 with the support of The Confederation of British Industry and leading law firms, business and the public sector. With over 20 years of experience in dispute resolution, conflict management, training and the civil justice system, CEDR has committed to cutting the cost of conflict and creating a world of choice in conflict prevention and resolution.
CEDR offers cost-effective third-party intervention options like mediation. In their services, client choice and quality assurance are the priority option. Based on specific range of organizational and sector schemes, they choose providers because they have access to many of the leading mediators internationally.