Research

Global Communication Center (GCC) offers a unique research opportunity especially to the young generation and the professionals around the globe through the International Research Opportunity Program (IROP). IROP is a research program about the life of the unreached people. Researchers find out various social problems and work out solutions to address them using various useful technologies. It offers scope for any organization or an individual to collaborate with and contribute to the technology based social development projects undertaken by GCC. It also facilitates the collaborators interested parties in Social Business, to reach the field and experience the social requirements directly. By this program, GCC has created several opportunities for the students, professionals and researchers to experience the enormous activities being done by Grameen. One can choose to join from the following programs.

 

 1. International Research Opportunity Program (IROP)

 

 A. International Students’ Research Program (ISRP)

 

This is a program exclusively designed for the international university students. ISRP paves the way for them to know the rural Bangladesh, its problems and possibilities more closely. A 5-6 days of field visit lets the team interact directly with the villagers and propose solutions with the advanced knowledge they possess. Every year more than 60 students participate in the program. A bunch of students from some of the leading educational institutions have already taken part in it, such as, Kyushu University, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo University and many more.

 

Tentative Program Schedule
Day 1  

    • Orientation & Introduction Meeting by GCC

 

  • Meeting & Lecture of Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus*

 

 

Day 2
Move to Village
Day 2 – 7
Stay in the Village

Work on a specific area of problem with the villagers

  • Interviews/ Surveys/ Focus Group Discussion
  • Meeting with Local Govt. Representatives
  • Experimentation of probable solutions
Day 8
Come back to Dhaka
Day 9
Presentation Ceremony

  • Share the experiences
  • Present the probable solution
  • Q/A & Knowledge Sharing
  • Certificate Distribution

*Depends on the availability of schedule

Research Sites

 

We have 3 Research Sites prepared at the village for conducting the Village Research part of the program. We ensure –

 

  • Accommodation
  • Safe food and drinking water
  • Local transportation
  • Interpretation [English – Bangla (including local dialects)]
  • Smooth communication with villagers/ other relevant parties
  • Overall safety

 

The three Research Sites are:

 

  • Ekhlaspur, Chandpur
  • Basundia, Jessore
  • Bhomradaha, Thakurgaon
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Ekhlaspur, Chandpur: This is a place very close to the river, Meghna. You will get to observe the lifestyle of the fishermen community and interact with them. You will also experience a water-ride through the river Meghna while getting there. We have a very much village-like accommodation here with all the facilities. The Union Parishad Office (office of the local government representative) is very close to the accommodation. Also, there is a high school near it, so you can easily get there and communicate with the children directly. The ISRP participants usually hold a lot of activities at the local schools, and as we are in good terms with the school authorities, you can execute the activities smoothly.

Basundia, Jessore: Jessore is famous for producing date-sugar and cultivation of vegetables and flowers. It is a great place to enjoy the natural beauties of a village. There are several high schools and other educational institutions in Basundia and surrounding areas. The accommodation is modernized, comfortable and eye-soothing with a piece of front-yard garden.

Bhomradaha, Thakurgaon: Thakurgaon has an attractive cultural diversity with people of different tribes and religions living here. You can experience the versatile cultural practices while your stay. The problem of arsenic contamination in drinking water prevails here; the previous ISRP teams have carried out activities to educate people about the harmful effects of arsenic in human body and demonstrated the easy and cheap processes to make drinking water free of arsenic.

 

Ekhlaspur, Chandpur Basundia, Jessore Bhomradaha, Thakurgaon

 

Who Can Join
Any student studying at Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-graduate or equivalent level at any educational institution can apply to participate in the program. We arrange the program schedules according to the summer vacations or other holidays available to the students so that they can make it without affecting their studies.

What is the Cost

As we hold the programs with groups of students, each of them has to pay a certain amount. However, the per head charge varies depending on the place of accommodation, number of students participating in a program, duration of stay and some other factors. On the basis of our experience from last few programs the per head charge can be US$ 320 – 400.
How to Apply
If you think that you have something to share with the enormously potential villagers and anything to learn from the problems and possibilities of rural Bangladesh, you can definitely apply to participate in this program. Please write to us at info@gramweb.net expressing the areas of your interest.

 

 B. Business/ Market Research Program

 

We offer the international professionals/ organizations the opportunity to explore the markets of developing countries like Bangladesh. This is a very much customized service which is designed only on the basis of the requirements of the potential parties. Individual professionals/ researchers or representatives from a certain organization can ask to join this program. High officials of many prominent companies of the world have already utilized this facility to study their future markets by carrying out researches with us. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan), Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) (Govt. of Japan), Panasonic Corporation (Japan) are among them.
Tentative Program Schedule
Day 1
  • Introduction & Knowledge Sharing Meeting by GCC
  • Meeting & Lecture of Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus*
Day 2 – 6
  • Meeting with Potential Partners/ Counterparts in Bangladesh
  • Field Visits in Dhaka
    • Visit relevant places (Factories/ Markets/ Shops/ Repairing Centers)
    • Survey target people
    • Focus Group Discussion
  • Field Visits to out of Dhaka
    • Direct interaction with Villagers
    • Observe village life and people
    • Hold seminar/ workshops with intended participants
    • One-on-one Interviews
    • Focus Group Discussion
Day 7
  • Summary Meeting & Experience Sharing

*Depends on the availability of schedule

Follow up Services
We also offer post-visit services with the package:
  • Analytical Report on the Research Activities of the visiting team
  • Summary Report on the overall activities during the visit
  • Transcripts of all the Meetings and follow ups with the potential partners
 C. Social Business Exposure Program
We have opened the door for everyone to explore the world of Social Business considering the enormous interest from all around the world about this new arena of capitalism dedicated for the good of the society. Here, the participants get to visit some of the foremost Social Business organizations in Bangladesh and experience their field activities very closely. The theoretical aspects of Social Business are also demonstrated by interactive workshops. Students and professionals of any field can join the program.
Tentative Program Schedule
 Day 1
  • Introduction & Knowledge Sharing Meeting by GCC
  • Workshop on Social Business by Yunus Center
  • Attend Seminar/ Meeting on areas of interest at local universities*
 Day 2 – 5
  • Move out of Dhaka to visit Social Business Ventures:
    • Grameen Krishi (Agriculture) Foundation
    • Grameen Motsho (Fisheries) Foundation
    • Grameen Healthcare Service (GC Eye Hospital)
    • Grameen Danone Foods
    • Grameen Shakti
    • Grameen Kolyan Healthcare Center
    • Grameen Yukuguni Maitake Limited
    • Grameen Bank Center (MFI) activities
    • Grameen Veolia (drinking water processing plant)
Day 6
  • Come back to Dhaka
  • Visit Yunus Center & Meet Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus*
  • Visit the traditional structures of Old Dhaka

*Depends on the availability of schedule

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 2. Internship
Students or professionals of any discipline can apply to pursue an Internship program at GCC. GCC provides opportunities to work on the ICT based researches and also in the arena of business development. Interns can choose from any of our projects to work in. We also consider accomplishment of specific task-requirements of the students (coming from their universities/ educational institutions/ own interest) as long as it matches with our project objectives.
 A. Short-term Internship
An applicant can go for a short-term internship which is usually of two to four weeks. If the timing of this shorter period internship matches with the schedule of any of our field activities, we provide the interns the opportunity to participate in it.
 B. Long-term Internship

A long-term internship can be of one month to a year. However, it can be extended on the basis of the applicant’s interest. As we have year round field activities, interns undertaking a longer period of practice here can expect to be able to participate in our project filed activities and visit villages.

Food, accommodation and other personal expenses are to be carried by the applicant during his/her internship in GCC. But we can help you arrange accommodation facilities near Grameen Office as we have the privilege to get corporate rates for our Interns and guests as an organization.

How to Apply

You can contribute a lot to the values of GCC by participating in the Internship program, as well as, it is a very good opportunity to have organizational exposure in GCC. Please write to us at info@gramweb.net expressing the areas you are keen to work on and the Projects of GCC you are interested in.

Goals
  • Establish a bottom-up approach to create Social Business (SB) opportunities
  • Assist the villagers to overcome their problems
  • Demonstrate villagers’ needs and identify new social roles
Work Scope
  • Investigate and survey on socio-economical situation and living in the rural areas of Bangladesh
  • Work with the villagers to collect village information about their life style, requirements and problems
  • Research on technologies to find-out solutions
  • Study and introduce self-sustaining business models

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