Brotee, a company for social change, was founded in 1993 as a center for ‘people’s participation’. It aims to achieve Atma Shakti (strength of the soul) and freedom to determine social change. For Brotee, ‘strengthening participation’ (i.e. democratic values) has been both a professional and a social commitment and, hence, it facilitates participation both within and without the organization. Brotee, under its voluntary sector has the following programs:
In 1996 it was first involved in pre-election survey. Since 2001, Brotee has been systematically observing and monitoring all electoral processes from parliamentary to local government elections which include the bi-elections, the City Corporation and Pouroshova elections. During the observation of the 2001 General Elections, sponsored by The Asia Foundation, Brotee managed the deployment of nearly 20,000 observers. Brotee has monitored some of the most vulnerable districts in Bangladesh.
Today it is regarded as the leading election monitoring agency of the country. Brotee is also a research organization, well experienced in the use of various quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. It is also experienced in the use of participatory and anthropological approaches in research. Through continuous efforts of the last eight years, Brotee pre and post tested and standardized its observation tools of inquiry. It has acquired good management capabilities and grassroots networks to handle large teams of election observers with ease. It has employed improved monitoring techniques to gather comparatively more ‘reliable’ and ‘traceable’ data. They will, hopefully, help contribute to the electoral discourse effectively with the sole aim to eliminate violence and irregularities from the electoral process one day and, thereby, strengthen participation and democracy in Bangladesh.
Brotee now intends to develop a permanent national team of election monitors on long term basis for regular study of the following: