What is CPD?
CPD is one of Bangladesh's leading civil society
think-tanks. CPD conducts research and dialogues on
issues of developmental interest and concern to
Bangladesh. Based on these CPD endeavours to
influence policy making in the country with the
objective of generating domestically-owned and
demand-driven policy agendas for Bangladesh. CPD is
generally looked upon by stakeholders in civil
society to provide a space where issues of national
concern can be exposed to interactive discussion
within an enlightened environment. CPD has
established its credibility as one of the very few
platforms in Bangladesh where stakeholders with
various, often conflicting, perspectives are
agreeable to sit around a dialogue table and discuss
issues that demand national attention.
How is CPD funded?
The initial core funds of CPD
came from contributions made by the trustees and
institution building support of the Ford Foundation.
Subsequently, programme support has been received
from various organisations. At present, CPD is in
the process of generating an endowment fund.
CPD's main activities?
CPD organises regular
policy dialogues with participation from
major stakeholders including policy makers,
academics, experts, civil society,
representative from the business community, NGOs
and other civil society groups to stimulate a
culture of dialogue and discussion on various
important development issues.
CPD conducts in-depth
research on critical development issues to
service the needs of an informed public debate.
CPD provides an avenue to young people in
Bangladesh by conducting an internship
programme, where they are
offered an opportunity to participate in the
various activities conducted by CPD.
CPD conducts Policy Appreciation Workshops
where representatives from relevant
organisations are invited to participate.
Through its publications CPD endeavours to
disseminate information on key issues of
developmental interest to Bangladesh.
How many professional staff are employed at CPD?
currently employs 53 staff, 34 of whom are
professional staff. (more
Can we open a
branch of CPD?
No, CPD operates from its Dhaka facility only, and
at present has no plans to expand.
Can I become
a member of CPD?
is not a membership-based organisation. Graduate
students can apply for a CPD-internship
announcements for professional vacancies can be
Can my organisation apply for funding from CPD?
CPD receives support from various organisations and
individuals to implement activities
(details). CPD is not a
donor agency and as such does not provide funds for
What is CPD's relationship with the Government of
is a non-political organisation which seeks to
stimulate public awareness and discussion about
issues relating to Bangladesh's development.
Representatives from both the government and the
opposition political parties, as well as NGOs,
academics and researchers, trade bodies and
grass-roots organisations are invited to participate
in the various dialogues and discussions organised
by the CPD. CPD regularly provides inputs to the
policy makers based on the findings of its research
studies and recommendations generated through its
dialogue process. CPD believes an accountable and
transparent system of governance is critical to
achieving sustainable economic development in
CPD does not receive funding from the Government of
Does CPD have a library and how can outsiders access
CPD has a research
and documentation unit for the use of CPD staff
only. Unfortunately, it is not possible to allow
outside access to this facility at present.
How can I
attend a CPD dialogue?
CPD Dialogues are
attended by a wide range of participants from
various groups of stakeholders including government,
development partners, NGOs trade bodies, academics
and grass-roots organisations. To view upcoming
dialogue events please visit the
page. If you would like to attend a dialogue
please contact CPD.
How can I
access CPD's output?
CPD produces a range
of publications including Dialogue Reports, research
reports published under the CPD name, Occasional
Paper series, Books and monographs. Quarterly
Newsletter published by the CPD also provides
information about CPD activities. Visitors can view
CPD's online publications
for (free) online articles by CPD staff, or visit
CPD's publication list,
which includes abstracts of major CPD publications
available for purchase.
I put my name on CPD's mailing list?
If you would like to
keep up to date with CPD news by receiving CPD's
quarterly newsletter you can
Alternatively the newsletter can be accessed online