A very timely and relevant discussion was organized by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute on “Bangladesh-US Relations: Opportunities and Challenges” as a new US administration under President Joseph Biden assumes office. The speakers included Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Private Sector and Investment Adviser, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, and the new Bangladesh Ambassador to the US. The keynote presentation was made by Distinguished Fellow, Amb. Farooq Sobhan, former Foreign Secretary and founder, BEI. The discussion was hosted and moderated by Amb. Humayun Kabir, President, BEI.
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in association with ICMA, Rupantar and PHWC organized a half-day consultation meeting with Multidisciplinary Practitioner Panel(MDPP) members on 19 November, 2020 at Hotel Six Seasons, Dhaka.
The meeting was attended by 10 MDPP members and representatives from all four partner organizations.
The objective of the consultation session was to inform MDPP members about current activities and future goals and objectives of the CRI project and solicit views and strategic guidance from the Panel Members.
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) jointly organized a webinar on “LDC Graduation by 2024 and the Readiness of Bangladesh” on 10th October. Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to the prime minister, was the chief guest at the event.
BEI in association with ICMA, Rupantor and PHWC organized a one-day training workshop entitled “Advanced Mentorship Skills Training and CRI Program Orientation” on 29 September, at Hotel Lakeshore, Dhaka with the 20 young mentors selected from the two pilot locations (Uttara and Syedabad).
The objective of the training was to enable the mentors for a better understanding on various aspects of the mentorship and to make them prepared how to use the mentorship skills with their mentees in upcoming days. The training enriched the trainees with detailed knowledge and understanding about resilience, development assets mapping, skills and qualities for effective mentorship, CRI psychosocial support, developmental relationship and CRI mentorship program, and possible challenges to the mentorship program etc..
BEI in association with ICMA , Rupantor and PHWC organized a two-day training workshop entitled “Mental Health First Aid Training” on 26-27 August, 2020 at Hotel Lakeshore, Dhaka with the selected mentor candidates from the two pilot locations.
The objective of the training session was to prepare the mentor candidates for listening and intervening with the mentees during crises and mental health support.
The training was organized separately for the two groups of Uttara and Syedabad. There were 04 trainers, for each group two trainers were assigned. Besides, the mentor candidates, the CRI project personnel from BEI, ICMA and Rupantar also joined the training as trainees.
On July 16, National Defence College (NDC) hosted a webinar for its 2020 course members with BEI’s senior staff. This year’s course members include 82 senior officers and officials from Bangladesh, as well as, 25 countries from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. On behalf of BEI, Prof. Shahab Khan, Research Director, made a presentation on the “International Security Environment: Post 2020”. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session where NDC course members fielded questions to BEI senior staff represented by Amb. Farooq Sobhan, Distinguished Fellow and Board Member, Amb. Humayun Kabir, Acting President, Mr. Humayun Kabir, Director-General and Mr. Faiz Sobhan, Senior Research Director. The vote of thanks was delivered by the NDC Commandant, Lt. General Sheikh Mamun Khaled.
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organized a day-long national roundtable on “Youth in Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Experiences from North Bengal” on October 02, 2019 at Hotel Lake Castle, Gulshan-2, Dhaka. The roundtable had three different sessions discussing three different themes: “Empowerment of the Youth”, “Mobilization of the Stakeholders for Social Resilience” and “Sustainability of the Project Outcome”. An overview presentation of the 30 months long project funded by “Global Affairs Canada” was given by Ambassador (Retd) M. Humayun Kabir, Acting President of BEI in Ist session. 10 students (04 females and 06 males), 06 change agent teachers and 06 coordinators from different colleges, madrasahs of different upazilas of the project participated and shared their extensive experiences during series of activities of the project in three sessions of the roundtable. Honorable foreign minister H.E. Dr. A K Abdul Momen was delighted the roundtable as chief guest. Within other invitees High Commissioner of Canada H.E. Benoit Préfontaine, High Commissioner of England H.E. Robert Chatterton Dickson, Ambassador of Norway H.E. Ms. Sidsel Bleken, H.E. Ms. Rensje Teerink, Head of Delegation, European Union to Bangladesh, Ms. Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women Representative and Country Director, Bangladesh, Dr. Benazir Ahmed, Director General of RAB Forces, Mr. Rob Stoelman, project manager of UNDP Bangladesh, several representatives from diplomatic missions in Bangladesh, security experts, academicians, Violent Extremism practitioners, representatives from donor agencies, students, journalists had delighted the day long roundtable by their presence. Open floor discussion of each event uncovered and brought some reality, challenges and prospects for upcoming study on radicalization and violent extremism and new phases of activities in future as well. Among the officials of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI), Ambassador (Retd) Farooq Sobhan, Distinguished Fellow and Member, Board Governors, BEI, Ambassador (Retd) M. Humayun Kabir, Acting President of BEI, Mr. Mohammad Humayun Kabir, Director General of BEI, Ambassador (Retd) Suhrab Hossain, Advisor, BEI, Mr. Faiz Sobhan, Senior Research Director of BEI were also present.
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in partnership with the International Country/City Management Association (ICMA) has undertaken 19 key informant interviews (KIIs), 9 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and a Perception survey participated by 365 students since September, 2019. The purpose of the project is to understand local drivers and dynamics of radicalization as well as other factors contributing to the problem of mental health among youth in Bangladesh. The project covers both North and South City Corporations of Dhaka. The total numbers of individual respondents was approximately 470 from Universities, Colleges and Madrassas. The age group of the respondents ranged from 18 to 23 years of age. For the key informant interviews, the stakeholders included academics, C/PVE experts, religious leaders, psychological service providers as well as local NGOs.