Research Initiatives Bangladesh

Basic Informations

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.

In this milieu, RIB’s approach has been to involve participatory processes from the very design and conception of the research proposal, through the implementation phase to its final presentation, validation and follow up by the researchers and/or community being researched. In this effort we found that the Participatory Action Research (or gonogobeshona as it has come to be called in Bangla), promoting processes of collective self-enquiry, self-determination and capacity building, to be a useful method in reaching out to many marginalized communities. Often these communities are not found to be in the development agenda or mainstream Governmental or Non-governmental development agencies and are hence termed as the ‘missing communities’.

Being an institution interested in creating a knowledge-based society, RIB encourages an approach where local knowledge is as valued as expert knowledge and in RIB’s research findings it has been found that sustainability of a program lay in demand-led focus, participatory processes, a program designed to respond to needs and priorities as identified and owned by the people, and on local resource mobilization and self-reliance.

Furthermore, the most critical finding concerning hardcore poverty prevailing among the “missing communities” was that economic poverty is inextricably linked to social exclusion, deprivation of civic and land rights and denial of access to public services including health, education and credit and hence any strategy for their alleviation needs to take a holistic approach. This is evident in many of the follow-up activities which RIB’s research communities have taken, e.g. social mobilization to spread lac cultivation among the landless and land-poor to prevent Monga, the inclusion of education as a basic strategic right along with the need for diversifying livelihoods among the growing Dalit movement and perpetrating self-management skills through reflective thinking, such as, in the case of vegetable gardening in cyclone affected areas or establishing nurseries of indigenous fruit trees in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

However, because of resource constraints, RIB is now faced with the prospect of having to terminate its support to many of such projects at a time when they are just ready to go into the follow-up stage. Without RIB’s support at this critical juncture, the organizations built up and local resources mobilized would likely be frittered away and the social capital thus generated lost, perhaps forever, in the aftermath of high expectations ending in helplessness.

Under these circumstances, RIB has decided to turn to interested donors and the local community of people for support to save these people’s initiatives for self-development from premature extinction. An example of this approach will be found in the current website ( It is aimed at promoting and reviving peoples’ initiatives in setting up and running pre-school centers for children from disadvantaged families based on the Kajoli model which emerged from a RIB-supported research project. Readers are also invited to visit the main website of RIB (, and its project areas to learn about the underlying premises of our studies to assess the value of the work that the disadvantaged people have already accomplished on their own. We look forward to their support to these ground-breaking and pioneering efforts of the hardcore poverty groups of Bangladesh.




Jadop Munda's House, Dhumghat, Shyamnagar, Satkhira




Major Activities

Head Office

House- 07, Road- 17, Block- C, Banani, Dhaka-1213


Project Office

House- 07, Road- 17, Block- C, Banani, Dhaka-1213

List of Excutive Body

  1. Shamsul Bari - Chairman
  2. Hameeda Hossain - Vice-Chairperson
  3. Md. Anisur Rahman - Member
  4. Md. Anisur Rahman - Member
  5. Rounaq Jahan - Member
  6. Selina Hossain - Member
  7. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal - Member
  8. Muinul Islam
  9. M.M.Akash - Member
  10. Gitiara Nasreen - Member
  11. Meghna Guhathakurta - Executive Director

Chief of NGO

Name: Shamsul Bari

Designation: Chairman

Phone & Mobile No. +88029820678 (+8801711547040)

Staff Strength

Staff category Male Female Total
Management and Supervision 6 4 10
Mid-level 8 9 17
Field Worker 11 0 11
Support Staff 5 1 6

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Project List ( Total Project : 1 )

Project Name : Agro-ecology from Below: Pedagogy and Participatory Action (2019)

Doner : Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS)

Sector : Alternative Approach to Agriculture Production

Area : Satkhira, Nilphamari, Bogura and Dhaka

Time Line : Jan, 2019 to Dec, 2019

Brief of activities :

RLS and the Project Partner (Research Initiatives, Bangladesh) jointly organise and implement a cooperation project in the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The purpose of the project is to promote ecological principles in Bangladesh as an alternative approach to agriculture production

Major Objective:

  • Promote agro-ecological principles as an alternative approach to agriculture production in Bangladesh.

Specific Objectives:

  • To facilitate local, indigenous and sustainable agricultural practices through adopting agro-ecological principles.
  • To strengthen the understanding of the farmers and practitioners on recent global and local knowledge agro-ecology and the environmental concerns and challenges.
  • To conduct advocacy among politicians, policy makers and eminent citizens based on the understanding , learning and knowledge on agriculture & climate change.

Project components:

There are mainly three components of the project: (1) Participatory Action, (2) Schools on Agro-ecology and (3) Advocacy

Project Areas:

  • 3 areas of existing project: e.g. Nilphamari, Bogura & Satkhira
  • Dhaka (for organizing central level activities and advocacy at national level)

Project Activities:

  1. Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  2. Knowledge Sharing Workshop
  3. Agro-ecology and Students
  4. Agro-ecology Fair
  5. Orientation Workshop and PAR Training
  6. Exchange Visit
  7. Farmer’s Camp
  8. Residential School on Agro-ecology
  9. Local School on Agro-ecology
  10. Educational Materials on Agriculture and Climate Crisis
  11. Dialogue (Meetings) with other Actors
  12. Advocacy in agriculture and Climate Crisis
  13. Central School on Agriculture and Climate Crisis
  14. Round Table Dialogue on Agriculture and Climate Crisis

Expected Outcomes:

  • Members of PAR groups and local activities in the field of agriculture use the educational materials provided by RIB to further disseminate the achieved knowledge
  • Farmer’s organisations/collectives and communities are enabled to use alternative methods to address the agrarian crisis


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