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Shamsin Ahmed is the co-founder of the Shammo Foundation and project director of its ‘Identity Inclusion’, project, that counters the stigma of mental health issues by promoting community-based mental health services and social inclusion of people with psycho-social disability. She is driven for a yearning for development and inclusion be it promoting disability inclusion or financial inclusion via mobile money.
She has written in various national and international media on disability and financial inclusion. She was recently selected to represent Bangladesh as a writer for the Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development which is a resource co-created by a global network of development practitioners. Through her project Shamsin has so far, designed, organized and trained youth volunteers to provide psycho-social support in four regions across Bangladesh. Her project has provided support to people with mental illness at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bangladesh, and children with Cerebral Palsy at the Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed. She has also organised support group meetings for family members of those suffering from mental health issues and development disabilities in Dhaka. She is also currently developing a resource website where people with psycho-social disability can seek help. As a Global Shaper, Shamsin intends to advocate for innovation in designing development models that promote inclusion and equality for people of all walks of life.