In light of the exciting growth prospects of e-commerce in Bangladesh, the Center for Enterprise & Society (CES) conducted a research study to assess the existing state of perceptions, usage trends and demand among retail shoppers in Bangladesh. The report also includes strategic recommendations to address e-commerce value chains and business development.
Survey Report here
Overcoming Business Challenges Survey
CES’s flagship research project is based on a survey of 525 businesses, which explores how entrepreneurs are overcoming challenges related to financing, supply chain, human resources, and government. The research asks if entrepreneurs are responding to these challenges by relying on their own entrepreneurial qualities, by strengthening their institutions, or by turning to their personal networks. The study goes a step further and asks which of these approaches tends to produce the best results. Contact CES for your free copy.
Next Generation: 2015 and Beyond
The Next Generation research series intends to bring the opinions and
perspectives of young people in Bangladesh to the forefront of policy debates. ‘Next Generation Bangladesh 2015 and beyond’ is a follow-on to British Council’s 2010 report and is placed in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Next Generation report looks into five important areas affecting young people’s lives – governance, law and order, education and employability, environment, and health. This report was commissioned by the British Council, ActionAid Bangladesh and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). The research was conducted by The Nielsen Company (Bangladesh).
Next Generation Report
Next Generation Report Highlights – Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) prepared a particular brief based on the study.
Understanding Traffic Law Compliance
One of the primary obstacles to enterprise development is the many governance challenges that undermine a healthy business environment. Without question, Bangladesh’s traffic problems would qualify as one of these obstacles. This study seeks to understand Dhaka’s traffic problems from the perspective of pedestrians and to explain why some individuals respect the law while others do not.
Working paper: “Fear Is Not Enough”
Abstract: This observational study and survey of pedestrians in Dhaka, Bangladesh asks why more pedestrians do not use pedestrian bridges given the high number of pedestrian fatalities and the dangers of crossing Dhaka’s chaotic streets. Surprisingly, the research finds that individuals who are very worried about being hit by a vehicle or who report actually having been hit are no more likely to use pedestrian footbridges. Instead the convenience of bridges, the extent to which pedestrians are in a hurry, and the age of respondents offer far better predictors of pedestrian bridge use. The findings point to a need for improved infrastructure, law enforcement, and educational campaigns.
In addition, the CES research team is continuously working with a group of faculties and researchers (both from ULAB and other public and private universities) to develop Bangladesh focused Business Cases Studies to be use as teaching material in the country’s many business schools. This is one of the major ongoing projects of the center. Currently there are about 10 Case Studies which are going through a vigorous classroom testing procedure.