Dec 31, 2023 | Issue 27



Let’s Talk with Sheikh Hasina

On December 22, 2024, the Center for Research and Information (CRI) orchestrated the 52nd edition of its "Let's Talk" series. This event facilitated an extraordinary dialogue between Bangladesh's youth and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, underscoring the nation's commitment to empowering its young population. Over 300 youths from diverse backgrounds, including high achievers, transgender rights activists, sports stars, and international award winners, convened to engage directly with the Prime Minister. Dr. Senjuti Saha, a distinguished young scientist, moderated the discussion. The premier addressed questions on topics ranging from third-gender rights, climate justice, digital future, human rights, misinformation, development planning, foreign policy to personal life and more.

Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023 recognizes grassroots young changemakers

On November 18, 2023, young Bangla conferred the Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) 2023 to 12 remarkable youth-led organizations in Bangladesh. These organizations, selected from 700 applicants, spanned six categories: Social Inclusion, Community Wellness, Skills and Employment, Climate and Environment, Innovation and Communication, and Art and Culture. Awardee organizations are: Women's Dreamer Cricket Academy, Valo Kajer Hotel, Wreetu Health and Wellbeing Foundation, Sombhabona, Clear Concept, Team Atlas, Nopom Foundation, APYO, WSRTBD, Eco-Network Global, Abhinandan Foundation, and Tonger Gaan. The JBYA ceremony celebrated their unwavering commitment to addressing critical societal issues.

Khelaghar and Shadhin Bangla Football Team recognized with Pathfinder Award

CRI honored Khelaghar, one of the oldest platforms for children in Bangladesh and Shadhin Bangla Football Team with ‘Pathfinder Award’ on 18th November, 2023 at the Joy Bangla Youth Award ceremony held in Sheikh Hasina National Youth Development Institute, Savar. CRI’s Chairperson and the prime minister's ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed handed over the awards to the representatives of these organizations. On behalf of Shadhin Bangla Football Team, captain Zakaria Pintoo and vice-captain Pratap Shankar Hazra went on the stage and received the award from Sajeeb Wazed. Mahfuza Khanam, the Chairperson of Khelaghar with one cadet representative received the award.

Let's' Talk with Sajeeb Wazed

In a flagship 'Let's Talk' event held on 18 November 2023, CRI Chairperson Sajeeb Wazed engaged in a dynamic Q&A session with youth from across the country. The 51st episode of Let’s Talk featured questions from young changemakers and high achievers nationwide. Topics ranged from career opportunities and addressing "brain drain" to discussing the future job market. Sajeeb Wazed, renowned for leading the “Digital Bangladesh” campaign, responded with enthusiasm. The discussion also explored challenges in the realm of artificial intelligence and clarified the distinctions between Digital Bangladesh and Smart Bangladesh.

Policy Cafe ‘Spotlight on Wildlife Exploitation’

CRI in collaboration with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a 'Policy Cafe' on October 28, 2023, to address wildlife trafficking in Bangladesh. This event brought together policymakers, researchers, conservationists, and youth activists for robust discussions on the issue. Craig Fullstone, Chief of Party at ICITAP, emphasized the significant role of wildlife trade in illicit activities and called for urgent measures to combat it in Bangladesh. Samia Saif, Program Coordinator, Wildlife Protection Activity (WPA), ICITAP, stressed the vital importance of biodiversity preservation. Fahim Zaman advocated for increased youth involvement in wildlife protection, while Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP called for the updating of wildlife protection laws.

Bicchuron 2.0: Smart Power and Energy Challenge

The Bicchuron Smart Power and Energy Challenge 2023, hosted at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University on December 9, exemplified Bangladesh's commitment to nurturing youth innovation in the energy sector. This collaborative effort by Young Bangla, the Power Cell of the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources, and Green Delta Insurance Company recognized and awarded seven pioneering teams from a pool of 700 entries across 15 universities. Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources and Trustee of CRI acknowledged the winners with BDT 500,000 each as seed funding, highlighting the government's unwavering support for youth-led energy solutions.

Internship placement at MOFA

Aligning with its mission to recognize and nurture youthful talent, CRI-Young Bangla’s 'Youth Employability Programme (YEP)' offers Bangladesh's youth a unique opportunity to enhance their career prospects and employability skills through its annual Internship program. For its 5th batch, the 2024 internship program targets final semester (Bachelors/Masters) students and recent graduates. Over the four months, participants will gain hands-on experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and aquire practical knowledge which will bolster their employability. In a related achievement in November 2023, CRI successfully advocated for intern placements across all ministries, following Cabinet approval inspired by Young Bangla's remarkable accomplishments.

WhiteBoard Issue 14

Released on December 17th, 2023, the 14th issue of CRI’s policy magazine WhiteBoard sheds light on confronting Bangladesh's challenges amidst ongoing global instability with sustainable, long-term solutions. The issue explores various avenues for policymakers, including the untapped potential of decentralization in fostering balanced local development, revitalizing public-private partnerships (PPP) by addressing hurdles like land acquisition and technical expertise gaps, and charting a course toward sustainable energy sources. It also delves into the future competitiveness of the garment sector through technology integration, eco-friendly practices, and trade reforms. Moreover, the issue underscores the pivotal role of technology, media, and the internet in shaping policies, stressing the need to bridge digital divides and enact regulatory reforms to safeguard journalism and combat misinformation.

UNHCR Coordinated Rohingya Camp Visit

On November 30, 2023, a team from the CRI visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. This visit, facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), allowed the team to observe the daily lives of refugees in the camps and gain insights into the management and operation of various facilities. At the end of the visit, a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was conducted with 11 young members of the Rohingya community. They shared their experiences, hopes, aspirations, and frustrations related to camp life. The team's day-long visit included stops at five different facilities, enabling them to engage with several members of the Rohingya community.

The Screening of ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ at Universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and CRI collaborated to host special screenings of 'Hasina: A Daughter's Tale' (HADT) at six university campuses on September 27, 2023. These screenings took place at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Canadian University of Bangladesh, North South University, East Delta University, and American International University-Bangladesh. These events provided students at these institutions an opportunity to engage with the documentary and gain profound insights into the life of Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The docu-film was released on the OTT platform Chorki on August 15.

Centre for Research and Information (CRI)
House 2, Road 32 (old) 11 (new), Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh.

FB Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Twitter

To Unsubscribe, Click here