What is SDG Lab?

SDG Lab is an organized initiative to bring youths across the globe in a platform to gather and discuss the SDGs. This group is committed to generating and disseminate knowledge on SDGs with a view to helping national and international communities to attain the goals. It encourages out-of-box thinking toward critical evaluation of local, national and global development policies. Through discussions, SDG Lab wants to en-sure that these policies are coherent with the SDG and vice-versa. Read More

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG is the master plan to improve the global living standard as well environment quality for all and everywhere, devised by the global leaders. It comprises of 17 Goals and 169 targets. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force on 1 January 2016 by a historic UN Summit with a view to mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the SDGs are universal as they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. However, though the SDGs are not legally binding, the governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for its plan of actions, follow-up, and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals. Read More

SDG Thought

September 15, 2017

Options of litigation funding in serving the interests of society: a critical evaluation from the viewpoint of access to justice — Sekander Zulker Nayeen

Litigation funding, over the years, has run reverse from champerty and maintenance and been established as an integral part of mainstream civil justice system with a view to facilitating access to justice. Admittedly, its present standard in the United Kingdom has been impacting considerably on the objective of ensuring access to justice. But how far are the funding options serving the interests of the society is still a matter of debate. In this study, some hypotheses have been drawn to assess how far the options of litigation funding are facilitating the litigants’ satisfaction as to access to justice. Full access […]
September 13, 2017

To introduce the principle of finality: An urge of a judge — Sekander Zulker Nayeen

Sekander Zulker Nayeen Recently on 17 January, a serious concern has been expressed in the daily Prothom Alo regarding an estimation of the case backlog to five million by the year of 2020. Among others, prominent journalist Mr. Mizanur Rahman Khan suggested to increase the number of judges in order to curb this terrific situation. However, increasing the number of judges is not possible overnight while the number of cases is bouncing thousands to thousands every day. Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) cannot appoint as many judges as they want unless the Law Ministry sends requisition for it. The Law […]


Embracing SDG: Perspective Bangladesh and Beyond on May 20, 2017 at University of Asia Pacific

A day-long workshop titled “Embracing SDG: Perspective Bangladesh and Beyond” was jointly organised by SDG Lab and the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) on May 20, 2017, at UAP. SDG Lab is an initiative of some Chevening Scholars with a mission of youth empowerment and policy advocacy to align development initiatives with the SDGs. Through debate and discussion, SDG Lab works to generate and disseminate knowledge, especially among youths. The aim of this interactive programme was to share ideas and thoughts around SDGs in order to create an aware and informed young generation in Bangladesh. H.E. David Ashley, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Dhaka was the Chief guest at the concluding session of the workshop while Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific, presided over the session.

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  • Rezwan Siddiqui: Founder & Director

    Rezwan find interest in climate change, social entrepreneurship, urban human ecosystem and youth empowerment. He believes in nature centric development, rather focusing narrowly on financial and structural expansion only. Right now, he has been awarded Local Pathway Fellowship by the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN-Youth). He is working as expert researcher for two most esteemed universities in Bangladesh; BRAC University and University of Dhaka. Previously He worked at Yunus Centre, Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) and in other research and academic institutions in different capacity. He founded SDG Lab to platform debate on SDG in relating to the local […]
  • Sekander Zulker Nayeen: Co-founder & Director

    Sekander Zulker Nayeen is a Joint District and Sessions Judge, a mid-level judge, in the Bangladesh Judicial Service and the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholar. He is the co-founder and director of SDG Lab, an organised initiative to generate and disseminate knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals with a view to helping national and international communities to attain the goals. He is a researcher to International Research Initiative Bangladesh (IRIBD), an online research platform providing academic research opportunities for graduate students and university professors. He teaches at the department of Law & Human Rights in University of Asia Pacific. Formerly, he […]
  • Mahmudul Hoque Moni: Co-Founder & Director

    Mahmudul Hoque Moni is a member of Bangladesh Civil Service. Being a Chevening Scholar he studied MA in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK. He previously earned master degrees in International Relations as well as in Journalism, Media and Communications. He worked in several capacities in development sector. He had worked as a photojournalist in news media organisations, as the Chief Executive of the Centre for Practical Multimedia Studies, as a Director of an NGO, EKMATTRA, and as a Lecturer at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He writes opinions and creative pieces for […]
  • Mohammad Golam Sarwar: Co-founder & Director

    Mohammad Golam Sarwar (FCO UK Government Chevening Scholar) currently serving as a Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Dhaka. He is not only teaching, but also trying to lead the students from the front. He is also working as a Law Desk Associate at The Daily Star (The largest English Daily in Bangladesh). He also works as a Research coordinator, (Center for Justice and Development) at International Research Initiative Bangladesh (IRIBD). He has also worked in various human rights organizations including National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh. He worked as a Coordinator of Street Law Program run by Empowerment through Law […]