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Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) was established in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, non-government institute that works on sustainable development (SD) issues at the local, national, regional and global levels. Over the years since its establishment, BCAS has grown into a leading research institute in the non-governmental sector of both in Bangladesh and South Asia as a whole. BCAS’s work mandate uses interactive approaches and multiple methodologies.

Date of Establishment:

01-Apr, 1984

Purpose of Organization:

BCAS envisions promotion of people-centred sustainable development by applying and advancing scientific, technical and local knowledge through research, developing models, demonstration, policy advocacy and project implementation. To achieve the goal, BCAS gives great importance to integration of environment and development, promoting people’s participation and good governance, encouraging rapid economic growth, and facilitating public-private partnership for poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods. BCAS is committed to develop southern perspectives, ensure north-south dialogue and environmental justice and access to resources and knowledge for the poor.
BCAS follows the belief that exchange of knowledge and people’s wisdom are the most cost effective agents to bring about sustainable development. Maximising knowledge among different actors and stakeholders, generation of innovative ideas and adaptive approaches to socio-cultural, economic, and bio-physical systems and initiation of community actions through participatory research and effective policy advocacy can promote people-centred sustainable development for local, national, regional and international communities. The key missions of the institute are:
•        to develop ideas and models aiming at resource management, environment and development as an approach towards sustainable development;
•        to ensure people’s and community participation in planning, implementation and management of resources to enhance resilience of natural and human system;
•        to direct and formulate policy and programmes through gathering and updating information and knowledge by empirical researches and actions;
•        to undertake collaborative research with scientists in both national and international organizations to share knowledge, innovation and experience;
•        to motivate and facilitate private sectors in cleaner production, pollution management, sustainable trade for improving inner and outer environmental conditions;
•        to strengthen and build capacity of civil society, private and public sectors in the areas of natural resource management, environment, trade, human resource development and sustainable development through enhancing knowledge and access to resources;
•        to provide advise to various agencies and departments of the Government of Bangladesh, development partners and international institutions on NRM, SD, energy, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), environment and poverty;
•        to upgrade public awareness and influence policy decisions through information dissemination, policy dialogue, lobbying, networking, training, workshop, seminar and symposium etc.;
•        to bring out publications including books, newsletters and monographs and to disseminate the results and findings of various research and initiatives;
•        to undertake inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research activities using a series of methodologies.

Countries in which organization is active:
  • Bangladesh

Contact Details
Street Address:
House-16, Road-16A, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212
Telephone No.:
880 2 985 1237
Fax Phone:
880 2 985 1417
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • International Waters
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Atiq Rahman Key Contact Person

    Contact Person
    MD. GOLAM RABBANI Key Contact Person

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