Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Over the last 22 years Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has emerged as a globally reputed independent think-tank with local roots in Bangladesh and global reach. CPD is actively engaged in research and policy influencing initiatives, and serves as an open platform for active debate and discussion on a broad range of issues.

CPD’s deeply dedicated team of researchers and professionals endeavours to fulfill CPD’s Mission Statement which commits the Centre to service the growing aspirations of the emerging civil society of Bangladesh for a demand-driven and accountable development process. CPD carries out its mandate by stimulating informed debate, generating knowledge and influencing policy making through research, dissemination and policy advocacy. With a view to influencing policies CPD deploys research and dialogue as mutually reinforcing tools for engaging the stakeholders. CPD’s research outputs have contributed to important policy changes and policy initiatives that were geared in support of good governance, sound economic management and interest of marginalised groups in the society. CPD has also pursued policy activism in response to various national emergencies. Following the tragic incident in the readymade garments industry of Bangladesh, the collapse of Rana Plaza, CPD’s initiative to monitor the progress of various initiatives undertaken by key stakeholders is one such example.

CPD has been actively engaged in promoting policies for effective regional and global integration of disadvantaged low-income countries. Through its work, CPD has been able to establish its credential as a centre of excellence for study of South Asian issues and issues of interest to the group of the LDCs. CPD maintains a broad network with institutions working in common areas of interest, and has partnered with some of these in organising a number of international events both in Bangladesh and abroad.

In recognition of its track record in research, dialogue and policy influencing, CPD has been selected as one of the awardees of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) through a globally competitive selection process for two consecutive times. The TTI is supported by a number of governments and foundations and is implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa.

CPD’s publication list contains more than 390 titles which includes Books, Monographs, Occasional Papers (Working Papers), Dialogue Reports and Policy Briefs.

CPD publications and other relevant information are regularly posted on CPD’s website: www.cpd.org.bd.