The economy of Bangladesh is a middle-income developing and stable economy. 
The characteristics of this economy are the growth of middle-class annual income, inequality of distribution of income, significant unemployment of labor force,dependencey for fuel, food grains and capital equipment, lowering of national deposits, dependency on foreign aid and rapid growth of services sector along with contraction of agriculture sector.
But now its economic progress has attracted the attention of the world. In 1971,when 
Bangladesh achieved independence, some economists called the country  
'Test Case of Development' assessing the situation where natural resources are not 
adequate, but a large population lives.

At that time the development challenges were a lot and very difficult. There was a special test for the country's think tank - how can they build Bangladesh as a sustainable state using their skills, strategy and action plan. So after 47 years of struggle, our country has not only become a durable state but also a 'Model case of Development'.
list of Think tanks in bangladesh
So there are some Policy makers or Research farms/institutes or Think Tanks who works undoubtedly , whose intellectual minds act as a driving force for the development of a country & Today we are going to discuss some of Bangladeshi Think Tanks whose contribution to the development of Bangladesh are ever remembered.


In order to encourage the direct participation of civil society in a accountable development process, the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was established in 1993 with the help of Professor Rehman Sobhan and also with the help of several non-government organizations to represent civil society.

CPD is the Partner Institute of World Economic Forum.
Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) - bangladeshi think tank

CDP collaborated with United Nations Development and Development Conference (UN), UNDESA, UNDASA, UNDP, World Trade Organization (WTO), ILO, FAO, IRRI, Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Foundation, Oxfam International, ICTSD (Geneva), ODI (London), Commonwealth Foundation, OECD (CDB) and the World Bank, to conduct dialogues and research.

CPD believes that through such dialogue process, it is possible to establish a consensus on the principles that’s necessary for development and to raise public opinion and support.

In 2002, According to the “Go To Think Tank survey, CPD was ranked among the top 224 research institutes in the world. Under the Think Tank Initiative CPD was also selected for providing institutional support through a competitive process.

CPD has more than 360 publications. Which includes - research paper, article compilation, monograph, periodicals and dialog report series. The selected parts of these publications are regularly updated on their website.

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

bangladeshi research farm- Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

BIDS is also an autonomous multi disciplinary public research institute that conducts research on policy development issues for Bangladesh. Bangladesh Government provides all kinds of support to continue its research & that’s why BIDS plays role as a THINK TANK, helping to develop socio economic policy.

The institute provides & promotes research and education in developing rural economics & social sciences also.

BIDS first named as the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics ( PIDE) Since its origin was in Pakistan. But after the independence of Bangladesh, it was called Bangladesh Institute of Development Economics ( BIDE). And later renamed as the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

BIDS also publishes books , journals, research papers based on local economy, and also provides sales service to its customers( Local & Foreign) to promote its publications through knowledge exchange programs.

Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI)

Another top label research farm in Bangladesh is Policy Research Institute in Bangladesh (PRI), a non-profit, unbiased private research institute whose mission is to understand Bangladesh’s economic structure according to its nature, its key challenges, opportunities & make sure to integrate with Global marketplace.

policy research institute of bangladesh - think tank

Founded by Dr. Ahsan Mansur, Dr. Zaidi  Sattar, Dr. Sadiq Ahmed, three most renowned economists, who have served in Government & also multilateral organizations & are vastly experienced in Macro-economics, economics of poverty & growth.

Currently PRI has a number of research fellows, associates, economists, analists who have wide range of experience in field of economic policy.
PRI’s research working areas are as follows:

  • Macro-economic management, monetary management, fiscal policy, interest rate etc.
  • Strategies & Approaches to poverty reduction
  • Private sector development policy
  • Reforms in tax administration, policy etc.

PRI has been closely with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh Bank, Planning Commission, National Board of Revenue to reshape its economy.

PRI also conducts their research with other organizations like, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, South Asian Network of Economic Research Institute (SANEI) , Data International Ltd (DI) , Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Institute of South Asian Studies etc.


Founded in 1994(Company Act, under Section 28) Economic Research Group (ERG) is another non-profit reputed research institute in Bangladesh, aimed for promoting research & education with a view to improving economic balance in society.

ERG conducts their academic research & policy analysis within the context of Bangladesh & other Southeast Asian countries. It is committed to the transparency & democratic value.

ERG analyzes economic policies & prescribes Governments to improve their efficiency & helps to ensure proper utilization of natural resources, man power etc. It works with individuals/ institutions that have a common goal for improving socio-economic life & provides research & education that can be used for common benefit of all.

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