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CPJ implemented and/or initiated a total of five research project during April-December 2018. In addition, two research workshops on were organised on Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Research on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and Access to Justice in Asia.

Research Study on Rights and Protections of Persons with Disabilities

Client: BRAC Advocacy for Social Change

Period: April– July 2018

CPJ has conducted a research project titled “Study on the Rights and Protection of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2013”.  It was conducted jointly with BRAC Advocacy for Social Change. The methodology included desk research and Focus Group Discussions. The FGDs included individuals with disabilities, as well as representatives from various non-government organizations such as HelpAge International, Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID) and Turning Point Foundation, Society of the Deaf & Sign Language Users (SDSL), BRAC Advocacy for Social Change, School of Public Health at BRAC University and the Center for Peace and Justice (CPJ) at BRAC University.

The study finds that the initiative undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh to ensure the rights and protection of PWD through implementation of law and rules is commendable. Section 16 of the RPPDA provides an exhaustive list of rights that a PWD can enjoy, the list ranges from right to live and develop on full swing to accessibility, employability in regard of their personal capacity, right to education to right to health services and so on.

This study did a reality check of the relevant legal framework in terms of accessibility including universal design, personal mobility, training of people dealing with PWD, education, work and employment and finally the administrative procedure; and access to justice including equal recognition before law, administrative interference with right to access to justice and eventually legal procedure that PWD need to exhaust. Based on the empirical findings, the study set out few recommendation to realise the full rights and protection of person with disability.

Market Assessment of Short Courses on Peace and Justice Related Topics

CPJ research team commissioned a market assessment study for understanding the need for academic trainings and short courses on topics related to peace and justice during August to September2018. Key objectives of the study were: (1) Identifying the needs/expectations of identified potential beneficiary/clients of CPJ within Bangladesh and promote exposure of CPJ among the identified target groups of beneficiary/client. (2) Assessing the demand as well as needs for the short courses and the appropriateness of course modules (content, and mode of teaching) and fees.

On behalf of CPJ, Light Castle Partners conducted a field level survey among 244 students and 73 professionals, while 27 KIIs were conducted. From the study it was found that short-courses had a demand in the market indicated by 81% of student respondents and 92% of professional respondents being interested in pursuing a short-courses in future. Professionals were interested in intensive courses while students were more interested in monthly courses. For students, the main motivation for attending these courses was the possibility of securing a job in NGOs and human rights organizations, with focus on peace and justice. This is reflected in their expectation of having research and fieldwork exposure and networking opportunities from the course. While for professionals, the main motivating factor was obtaining specialized knowledge that would fast-track their current career or help them pursue a more specialized role in the development field.

Among the different course topics provided by CPJ, “Leadership and Negotiation Skills Towards Peace and Conflict Resolution”, “International Cooperation in Peace and Conflict Resolution” and “Women Urbanization Peace and Justice” were the courses where comparatively higher interest has seen.

Context Study on Promoting Peaceful Societies

Client: Community Empowerment Programme, BRAC

Period: October 2018– May 2019

CPJ initiated a ‘Context Study on Promoting Peaceful Societies’ for Community Empowerment Programme of BRAC. This is a pilot study in two Upazilas of Mymensingh and Rangpur district, which to be completed in March 2019. Following qualitative research methodology, this study captured perceptions of community members (men, women, social and religious leaders, service providers, local civil society personalities, local government representatives, and students) on radicalization, individual and collective aspirations and frustrations which they believe deter peace and cause fragilities in the community. Through these perceptions, the study assesses the nature, extent and causes of violence, social injustice, exclusion and radicalization, at the community level. It has been done by taking into consideration causes and explanations for radicalization provided for the global and national level in Bangladesh. Based on the narratives, it came up with a list of causes that are relevant for the local context, as enunciated by community members themselves. The outcome of the context study aimed to help CEP to formulate future strategy and intervention for promoting peace and justice in the community.

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Youth in Promoting Peace and Social Cohesion

Client: UN Women

Period:  October 2018 – March 2019

The aim of the research to assess the current state of knowledge, attitude and practice of students in Promoting Peace, and Social Cohesion. Following a mixed method strategy, CPJ research team will conduct a representative sample survey on the students of two regional universities; Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh. After rigorous desk research, CPJ research team plans to undertake further research to understand the local context and to identify the key thematic issues. Our research team has organized six research design workshops with students and faculty members of Begum Rokeya University Rangpur and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh. Based on the findings of these workshops, study methodology had been designed and the data collections tools had been drafted.  The survey is expected to be conducted in early 2019. In support of UN Women, a five member research team led by Dr. Samia Huq, Associate Professor of Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Brac University had been implementing this research.

UNDP Social Cohesion Study

Client: Community Resilience and Recovery Programme (C2RP), UNDP-Dhaka

Period: December 2018-June 2019

CPJ had been commissioned a research project titled ‘Awareness and Advocacy Workshop on Social Cohesion, Resilience and Peace Building between Host Populations and Rohingya Communities’ by Community Resilience and Recovery Programme (C2RP) of UNDP. Under this project CPJ will organize 7 Advocacy Workshops (including 14 FGDs) for following purpose;

  • Mapping problems and seeking the gap of conflicts between the Rohingya and host communities
  • Awareness and Leadership Development Workshop for social cohesion and resilience
  • Diagnosis the impact Rohingya influx on host communities
  • Policy recommendation to promote social cohesion, peaceful co-existence, reduce tension, enhance resilience between host populations and Rohingya communities.

This project is expected to bring a set of recommendation to promote peace and cohesion between the Rohingya Refugee and the host community in Cox’s Bazar. A four member research team led by Ms. Jessica Olney, Visiting Researcher at the CPJ, Brac University has been involved in this research.

Research workshop on Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Research on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Access to Justice in Asia

In August 2018, CPJ co-organized a research workshop with The Asia Foundation on “Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Research on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11 August 2018. The research workshop was attended by a dozen participants and aimed at identifying knowledge gaps and to some extent, mapping existing work and discuss potential research areas to pursue. The topics covered during the discussion included: Towards Transformative Change, From Co-Creation of Research to Empowerment, The Politics of Inclusion, Participation and the People’s Agency, Gender & Transgender Justice, Space for the Counter Narrative. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Caroline Brassard, Academic Advisor of CPJ, Brac University.

Regional Research Workshop on Access to Justice in Asia – October 2018

On October 18-19, 2018, CPJ organized a two-day “Regional Research Workshop on Access to Justice in Asia” in Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop also intended to foster collaboration with a variety of other universities and to mutually strengthen opportunities for faculty to participate in ground-breaking, industry leading research. The workshop aimed to develop a shared learning agenda for the co-production of research promoting dialogue between activists/practitioners and academics in the field of access to justice in Asia. About 20 participants attended the workshop, from universities, NGOs, and international organizations working in the field of access to justice in Asia, from various countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, and friends from the UK and the USA. Participants from various professions, including development economists and practitioners, lawyers, political scientists, specialists in human rights, gender rights, science and technological innovations, legal empowerment, were able to offer unique lenses to discussions and brainstorm sessions and share their insights and perspectives.

Regional Research Workshop on Access to Justice in Asia, October 18-19, 2018, Bangkok Thailand. Organized by BRACU Center for Peace and Justice.

The workshop focused on two themes: Theme 1: Mobilization, Engagement and Voice: This theme refers to the changing role and impact of institutions at the local and community level, and Theme 2: Statelessness, Refugees and Displacements: As a burning issue in the region, this theme encompasses issues such as climate justice, fragility and forced migration. Rich dialogue led to the development of a substantial research agenda related to “Access to Justice in Asia,” and a number of commitments to unpack these questions further.