Founding of ACS International


In the year 2010 two Bangladesh change practitioners Dr. Shayamal Kumar Saha and Muhammad A. Kashem participated in the 1st Asian Appreciative Inquiry Summit held in Manila during November 29-30, organized by Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI) School of Organization Development. Including Dr. David L. Cooperrider more than 200 scholars, thinkers and practitioners participated in the Summit. Positive stories of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) discovered and shared in the Summit which gave birth of a dream among these two participants to spread AI in change and transformation work. The dream converted in a design of establishing a consultancy firm with an approach that focuses on strengths and prospects than problems and deficits.


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ACS International Ltd. offers customized and need-based Training Programmes for most significant development perspectives and professional demands relating to: (1) Appreciative Inquiry (AI), (2) Community Managed Significant Changes, (3) Projects Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) and (4) Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and on many other contemporary themes and practices.

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People's organization-at work
Dr. Saha mobilizes local communities of Habashpur village under Pangsha Upazila of Rajbari district in 1990. He applies participatory approaches and ensures local leaders to get involved. This eventually brings out of a development organization named “VORD”. VORD is now at full of involvement for and with local people fostering people’s self-esteem and self-help in development.
Studies-on sanitation ladder
In 2005, M. Kashem and Dr. Saha took part in a study to assess functionality and effectiveness of sanitation ladder in WaterAid supported and VERC implemented WSS project in Bangladesh. The study is placed in an IRC publication titled ‘Beyond Construction’ in 2008. This adds value to scaling up of CLTS approaches recognized worldwide.
Piloting rural piped water supply
The WSP-World Bank Bangladesh, in 2001, undertakes the first study on community managed piped water supply scheme in Harirampur village under Bagha Upazila of Rajshahi district. It was intended to provide mitigation of arsenic poisoning in drinking water, as discovered in Bangladesh during mid 90’s. Kashem, as an independent consultant, has designed and conducted study and recommended community management system for the project to be piloted afterwards.
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Our Principles

We recognize the best in people and the world around us, and focus on strengths and prospects than problems and deficits. For us, the end is therefore not the service itself, but the people who benefit from our services, and the growth that our services promote. We uphold integrity, respect, compliance, and client satisfaction all-through the way we work.  

Our Commitment

 Our specialization and service standards are built on experience and cross-fertilization of appreciative knowledge. We are committed to render stand alone services to our clients utilizing best efforts, mobilizing top expertise, delivering outputs of professional standard and ensuring business integrity.  

Our Goal

We seek to be part of the common good rather than expert. We are flexible and responsive to our client needs. Our goal is to facilitate enhancement of core strengths that ‘give life’ to a project and organization, and to support them to get their dreams materialized. We do not stop until we add values to our clients’ own efforts.