Previous Research


Governance & Trust Survey in Bangladesh-2020

 The Governance and Trust survey is a regional research project conducted in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The major objective of the research is to map and diagnose public sector functions/dysfunctions of these countries. The survey is basically a perception study to assess the satisfaction level of citizens towards different service delivery organizations as well as political and administrative institutions.  The governance and trust survey is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) under the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) Project. Similar survey have been administered in all three countries with country-specific questions in 2014 and 2009. In third wave (2020) of this survey the sample size was 2,500 for Bangladesh from 20 districts of 8 divisions.


Refugee education in South East Asian (SEA) and South Asian (SA) countries 2020

A research financed by ADSP (Asian Displacement Solutions Platform) on refugee education in South East Asian and South Asian countries shows that these countries have no/extremely limited legislative and policy frameworks enabling and regulating the provision of education for refugees. The research was conducted between December 2019 and March 2020 in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, and Thailand. Common challenges with education in these countries are lack of certification and access to public examinations, high turnover of teachers and minimal compensation, security and safety issues faced by the students and teachers, lack of data on refugee children, resilience and adaptability of community towards refugee education, community based schools are not recognized, lack of funding, lack of teachers and shortage of funding for community-based schools, and overcrowded classrooms indicating a lack of child friendly learning environment in the mainstream schools etc.


Explaining Differences in Citizen Attitudes Toward Climate Finance for Reducing Vulnerability in  Bangladesh 2019

This project seeks to track factors influencing the flow of international funding for climate change adaptation (part of what is referred to commonly as “climate finance”) from the international/donor level to the levels of local management and implementation. More specifically, the project addresses relationships among climate finance, prospective impacts of climate change on peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and peoples’ perceptions of often-complex social and political linkages between climate finance and climate change impacts. 

The project team, from the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG), American University in Washington and the North-South University in Dhaka, offer a strong combination of survey and sampling design experience and substantive expertise on climate vulnerability, international migration, and the assessment of political and other drivers of public attitudes.

Citizen's Trust in Public and Political Institutions in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal 2015

Administering the same questionnaire that was used in 2009, a follow-up study was conducted on citizen’s trust in public and political institutions in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in 2015 under the NORAD funded PGS project. Similar survey instruments have been administered in all three countries except a few country-specific questions. The main objectives of the survey are to map and diagnose public sector dysfunctions of the countries and to assess the satisfaction level of citizens towards different service delivery organizations as well as political and administrative institutions. The sample size was 2,800 for Bangladesh, 2,400 for Nepal and for Sri Lanka 1,800. The data collection of all these 3 countries has been completed and individual country report, as well as cross country report, will be published soon.

State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA, Phase II) 2014

State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA) phase II which was conducted in 2014 is a regional study to measure the level of citizens’ perception on democracy – democratic practices, norms, and practices. With financial and technical support from Lokniti-CSDS, Delhi, India on training and administering survey instrument, MPPG Program at NSU, Dhaka, Bangladesh acted as a partnering organization in conducting the research. The survey used the standard Global Barometer instrument followed by country-specific questions. The survey was cross-sectional with a targeted population of 3000.

Citizens’ Charter 2010

The citizens’ charter survey was carried out in Bangladesh and Nepal simultaneously during November 2009 – February 2010. It was a household questionnaire survey with 1,000 sample size measuring citizen responsiveness and service delivery at city corporations and municipal levels in Bangladesh. The study covered only urban areas in 4 City Corporations-Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi, and 4 Pourashabhas- Narayanganj, Gazipur, Satkhira and Sherpur.

Citizen's Trust in Public and Political Institutions in Bangladesh and Nepal 2009

This survey was carried out in 2009 in Bangladesh and Nepal to assess the level of citizen’s trust towards different public and private institution and services. This study covered 2,000 households and the method was a personal interview with a person who is 18 or above in a household. After selecting 21 districts from 6 divisions (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, and Sylhet) and deciding the number of interviews from a district, the sample was again divided on the basis of Upazila (or sub-district), and respondents were randomly selected from households from 43 Upazilas. The study measures citizens’ trust on public institutions, citizen responsiveness, quality of governance and perspective on politics.