Thanks to contact intiated by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Geneva, the country has appointed the Human Development Research Centre (HDRC) to the Virtual Institute, UNCTAD's academic cooperation programme. Along with the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, the Centre for Policy Dialogue and Jagannath University, HDRC is the fourth institution to represent the country in the Vi network.

HDRC is a multidisciplinary organization reputed for its research and data collection activities. Truthful to its mission of "Human development through research and action," it provides research and consultancy services; undertakes primary data collection and data management; publishes research-based books; organizes training for researchers, as well as workshops, seminars and dialogues to promote exchange of ideas in the field of development; and engages in advocacy and social work.

Research areas of the centre are varied and cover trade, investment, poverty, international migration, governance, and energy, invariably with a focus on their developmental aspects.

HDRC's participation in the Vi will be coordinated by Asmar Osman, whose main research interest lies in the area of development economics, international migration, and indigenous communities. He will be supported by several colleagues: Abul Barkat, working on topics related to economic and human development, strategic planning, energy and poverty reduction, impact evaluation; Avijit Poddar, specializing in poverty alleviation, energy and development,  and impact evaluation; Subhash Kumar Sen Gupta, researching development and international economics and gender topics; Muhammad Badiuzzaman, focusing on development economics, applied econometrics, and governance and development; and Sk. Ali Ahmed, interested in development economics, microfinance and capacity development.

HDRC is ready to share its research and expertise with other Vi members, and welcome them as participants in its workshops/seminars/dialogues. They could also assist with projects in Bangladesh as a local partner or provider of consultancy services. Finally, they can receive interns from both developing and developed countries, and help arrange paid internships. They expect that Vi membership can help them get access to research materials and capacity building opportunities, establish cooperation with other members, and find/offer consultants for projects of mutual interest.

For more information, visit HDRC's profile.