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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: The BRAC University/BIGD

This funding will strengthen the BRAC University Bangladesh Institute of Governance and Development's (BIGD) role as a credible public policy institution by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Bangladesh Institute of Governance and Development
BIGD is a resource centre that promotes research and develops knowledge on practical solutions to issues of poverty, inequity, and social injustice in Bangladesh. It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Stronger independent policy research institutions
TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions, helping them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For BIGD, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Focus on progress and excellence
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, BIGD is expected to
-set out clear terms that guarantee functional autonomy for BIGD as a new institution
-establish an independent governing or advisory board
-achieve financial sustainability through a sizeable endowment or other means
-develop and implement a well-designed resource mobilization and human resources plan
-establish systems to ensure BIGD's future as an independent, competent, and resourceful think tank with significant work capacity and long-term financial sustainability
-transform into a centre of excellence in research and advocacy in governance and development at the national and regional levels
-achieve high research quality standards by routinely using systematic quality assurance mechanisms
-achieve substantial influence with the policy community, civil society, intellectuals, the media, and the public.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Samar Verma
Total Funding
CA$ 1,031,262.00
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman
The BRAC University