Global Development & Research Initiative Foundation (GDRI)) is a non-profit research organization registered with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms in Bangladesh. We conduct development research on issues related to gender, education, health, poverty, agriculture, food security, climate change and disaster in Bangladesh. We specialize in conducting surveys and field experiments to objectively evaluate different projects and programs and understand issues of public policy interest in Bangladesh. We build on strong team of international researchers who are interested to understand about socio-economic development in Bangladesh.
The initial focus on the vast majesty on the field work is in the south eastern part of Bangladesh. We collaborate with other NGOs in the country to work in areas with mutual interests and expertise. We believe research-led development agenda, and promoting evidence-based solution. We offer training and supports for researchers interested in economic development, field experiments and complex survey designs. We particularly welcome young and early career researchers to work with us.
GDRI is a Non-Profitable, Non-Political, Non-Government, Voluntary & Charitable Society. All the objects are implemented after obtaining necessary permission from the government/concerned authority/ competent authority.
The governance of Global Development & Research Initiative Foundation (GDRI) has two formal tiers, a Governing Body and an Advisory committee. The latter may include a maximum of 16 distinguished scholars and practitioners. The Chairperson and the members of the GDRI Governing Body are nominated on a rotation basis by the executive members.
Advisory committee: The executive committee can appoint an advisory committee which shall be consisting by the 15 members and it will be selected amongst the socially established or VIP persons in Bangladesh or abroad.
The advisory committee member has no voting right in the EC and EC meeting. EC can remove any member of the advisory committee in any time without any cause.
The Governing Body runs GDRI, with administrative responsibilities performed by an Executive Director under the guidance of the Chairperson. Given its unique nature, GDRI aims at combining the flexibility of a network and the disciplines of an organization – and for obvious reasons, the process part and consultative consensus building dominate the nature of governance.
Md. Rafiqul Islam
Tanvir Ahmed Mojumder