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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

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...

April 10th, 2019

Click on the link above for a comprehensive listing of media coverage of the BDI 2019 Conference at Yale University.

October 22nd, 2017

The Greater Seattle Bangladeshi Community organized a fundraising campaign to help the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh who are in dire need of basic necessities like food and shelter. About $20,000 was raised (without the Microsoft matching gift...