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Welcome to Bangladesh Development Initiative

Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) is a non-profit organization based in the United States.  Its members include scholars and professionals committed to supporting development initiatives in Bangladesh aimed at improving the quality of life for all its citizens. 

BDI engages in and facilitates scholarly exchange between Bangladesh and overseas scholars through educational programs, an academic peer-reviewed journal (Journal of Bangladesh Studies), and a book publication program.  BDI also regularly organizes conferences to promote new and relevant research on Bangladesh and provide a forum for debating policy alternatives pertaining to Bangladesh. 

What's New

August 18th, 2020

Interview with Professor Rehman Sobhan and the latest research on the Impact of Coronavirus on Bangladesh

April 30th, 2020

The sudden loss of Professor Choudhury, fondly known to the legions of his former students, friends, and colleagues as “JRC,” has greatly saddened members of the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), a U.S. based research organization...

December 26th, 2019

Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) joins the nation in mourning the passing away of Sir Fazle Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC.  Sir Abed was a visionary leader whose work has improved the lives of millions of poor families and brought...