WISERD has been successful in gaining funding for new international research. Led by Professor Paul Chaney, the project is entitled: ‘Civil Society Advocacy and the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Resolutions’. Co-investigator of the new study is Professor Nasir Uddin of the University of Chittagong, a leading international scholar on the Rohingyas.
This new collaboration aligns with the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call for new research on promoting citizenship rights, good governance and social justice. By focusing on the recurrent Rohingya crisis, this project intends to address the GCRF objectives of “understanding and responding effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises” – and, to “reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action”.
The study aims to better understand the role that civil society plays in supporting Rohingya people in Bangladesh; and to explore what civil society organisation practices are most effective in promoting good governance. Attention will also centre on the role civil society organisations play in upholding state obligations under international treaties.
Professor Chaney said: “I am delighted to be working with Professor Uddin on this project. It is important that we have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of civil society views on the Rohingya crisis”. He added, “This new GCRF project is part of a growing body of research as WISERD expands its work with international partners”.