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Launching of BPO Bangladesh Peace Observatory
13 Apr 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
WHAT IS BPO?
The Bangladesh Peace Observatory (BPO) is a research facility housed at the Centre for
Genocide Studies (CGS), University of Dhaka. BPO is a component of UNDP’s project on the
“Partnerships for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh” (PTIB) – an initiative to understand and
prevent violence and extremism in Bangladesh.
Over decades, Bangladesh has experienced many forms of political and non-political violence.
Limited data systems fail to highlight the full range violence trends over time, location, and
impact. Absence of reliable, structured, and accessible open source data is a major knowledge
gap restricting the ability of public institutions, civil society, academia, media and development
agencies from effectively discussing and addressing violence, or conducting independent critical
As a response, the BPO has been established at the CGS, University of Dhaka, in 2016 to
provide data, mapping trends, research, and facilitate training programs to understand the state of
violence and its narratives in Bangladesh.
WHO WILL BE USING THE BPO?
The initiative seeks to support a wide range of actors – government institutions, academia, civil
society organizations, and the media – in making better public policy decisions, tailored
interventions and programming, enhanced research, and effective advocacy campaigning for
social cohesion and peace based on data, evidence, research, and critical analysis.
OBJECTIVES OF BPO:
The launching aims to introduce the BPO platform, its content, use, and utilities to the
representatives of various stakeholders. The organizers of the event – CGS and UNDP Dhaka –
have targeted policy makers, government officials, military personals, law enforcement officials,
NGO officials, civil society representatives, media persons, academics, and researchers, mainly
to share the platform and have it known to the public. The manner in which the BPO can serve
the interests of the stakeholders, prioritize policy interventions, and support critical research on
the state of violence in Bangladesh will be demonstrated during the launching of the platform.