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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

April 5th, 2021

A Panel discussion on “Gender, Sexuality, Violence: A Transnational Conversation" on April 16, Friday 5 -9:30 pm (EDT/ NY), 6:30pm (PST), 7:30 am (BD time).

January 11th, 2021

Along with millions of Americans and people across the globe, we are shocked and saddened by the events at the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Encouraged by Mr. Trump, mobs of his supporters, mostly white supremacist and anti-democratic...

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...

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