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Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) was established in 2002 with financial support from the Royal Dutch Government under its MMRP program. Its main objective is to support research aimed at identifying strategies and programs that could ensure sustainable, progressive alleviation of poverty in Bangladesh. Despite the efforts of successive Governments and many Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working over the years on poverty mitigation in the country, there are still serious and unresolved issues concerning the self-sustaining potential of these efforts. Lack of peoples’ participation in problem identification and program design, imposition of donor goals and priorities, predetermined resource modalities, lack of local resource mobilization and ownership, and continuing donor funds and expertise dependency often lead to the withering away of these projects soon after the departure of external partners or their resources.

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  • Puspo Murmu is keen to preserve the environmental bio-diversity

    Puspo Murmu is a 56 years old indigenous Santal woman who has done some terrific work for preserving the environment.

    Puspo Murmu’s husband name is Abraham Dulu Shaha Tudu who is living at  Saltola indigenous village under Birol sub-district of Dinajpur District.During the liberation war, they went to India as refugee. After independence of Bangladesh, she returned and started living at Saltola village with her family in a piece of 15 decimal land. The area was desert-like at that time, there were no trees, no greenery. She was determined to make the area green.

  • Naoya Sakam group has planted trees collectively

    The Naoya Sakam Gonogobeshona group Adarpara, Godagari of Rajshahi has taken initiatives collectively for planting trees for preserving the environmental balance. Adarpara is a Santal village where 103 Santal families have lived for a long time. They were living a peaceful life. It was a very good village, people were living together in unity, the nature was serene. But nowadays it has changed dramatically. The ecological balance has been destroyed.

  • Bangladesh: UPR Submission urges action on free expression commitments.

    RIB  & ARTICLE 19

    06 Oct 2017

    ARTICLE 19 and Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) are calling on UN Member States to make recommendations to the Bangladeshi Government to protect journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders, reform legal restrictions on freedom of expression and protect the right to free expression of religious groups and minorities during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In a Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s UPR mechanism, we find that despite Bangladesh accepting many recommendations related to the exercise of free expression, and associated rights, at its second UPR in May 2013, minimal progress has been made on their implementation and in some areas there has been backsliding on protection of this right.

  • Agreement signed with German Embassy

    May-22, 2017

    RIB signs MoU with the German Embassy for building a training Centre for   Santal indigenous community in Beerol Upazila of Dinajpur. The training center is to be managed by the Gononchinta group , which means Participatory Action Research in the Santal language) formed in that area by RIB during Community Legal Services Project. The new political attache of the German Embassy, Executive Director Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta and Assistant Director, Finance Nasima Parvin of RIB was present during the signing.

  • Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)’s work in Kutopulong and Nayapara Camps for Rohingya Refugees

    Early Childhood Learning Centers begin in Rohingya CampsRIB is conducting a program of participatory action research and early childhood learning centers within existing systems operating in the Rohingya refugee camps, as the implementing partner of UNHCR. Several models and methods developed over the years at RIB in other parts of Bangladesh will be used in the camps.

Capacity-building of young researchers and animators in participatory action research has been one of RIB’s central activities. RIB offers regular introductory, on-the-site workshops on Participatory Action Research (PAR) for students and community workers. It also has provisions for conducting three months experimental PAR projects with marginalized communities for those who wish to practice PAR. Once some experience is gained as animator, then long term involvement in PAR activities through research programs may be feasible.

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