Development and Peacebuilding Initiative of Bangladesh (DPIB) was founded in 2015 by a group of motivated academicians, researchers, and writers to work for peace, justice, harmony and equality through the participation of disadvantaged groups in Bangladesh. Furthermore, it is an independent think-tank that works to strengthen political parties and civil society in the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, secularism and social justice.
Key areas that the network works in include human rights, peace and security, access to justice, rule of law, secularism, and gender equality. The network also works in the areas of development, conflict resolution, regional studies and peacekeeping research. The overall objective of this network is to advance our understanding of development and peacebuilding discourses through policy-relevant research and inclusive dialogue.
The network takes a leadership role in engaging various actors and representing diverse views within Bangladesh and beyond, with particular interest in the cross-cutting issues of peace, adolescents and youth, climate change, gender and rights, and trafficking. The members are all either researchers or young professionals, who are doing this in addition to their work. In addition there are virtual campaigns run on social media pages, articles by members on issues ranging from discussing the need for peace to core issues of conflict, political violence and peacebuilding with different stakeholders. The network is engaged in evidenced-based research on youth, aid effectiveness, social accountability, sustainable solutions, participatory development and development innovations.