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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

October 17th, 2021

BDI strongly condemns the attacks on Hindu temples and the desecration and destruction of sacred idols throughout Bangladesh.

July 12th, 2021

Dr. Hameeda Hossain, recipient of the Bangladesh Development Initiative’s 2021 Lifetime  Achievement Award, was honored in a virtual ceremony on June 26, 2021. The event attracted  more than a hundred participants, including a distinguished panel...

July 8th, 2021

Selected Congratulatory Tributes to Dr. Hameeda Hossain on Receiving the BDI Lifetime Achievement Award 2021