Dr Baharul Islam
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a trained master trainer on Emergency Recovery & reconstruction for the UNICEF-INEEE. I have already served in conflict management assignments on reconstruction and humanitarian recovery programmes in Cambodia, Post-Genocide Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. I have led special conflict resolution works for the displaced people in the Northeast Region of India in the context of Tibetan refugees in the bordering states. I am working in the area human development, peace and conflict resolution issues, poverty reduction, teaching and researching information society and emerging knowledge economy for more than a decade. My areas of legal specializations are Information Technology Law, Cyber Crimes, and Human Rights. Presently I am a diplomatic assignment with South Asian Regional Development Gateway as its Chairman and CEO. I was earlier working as a specialist on ICT policy and e-Government with the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UN Economic Commission for Asia (ESCAP). I have MA, LLB, B.ED, PhD, Post-Doctoral degrees. He also did his LLM (IT & Telecom Law) from the University of Strathclyde (UK). I taught for more than 12 years in various universities in Asia and Africa and last held a position of an Associate Professor at the University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

I have been working in the Conflict Resolution and Development sector for more than twelve years. Starting my career as a university faculty, I have latter taken keen interest in widening the reach of socio-economic development through various community based initiatives. Specifically working on poverty reduction, I have led development of national I policies for accelerated economic development for countries like The Gambia and Sierra Leone. I have developed regional strategic frameworks for development and e-governance for economic communities like COMESA and East African Community (EAC). Through my works I was able to learn from others and share my experiences in conflict resolution, peace-building, reconciliation and peace-keeping efforts by focusing specifically on community driven peace initiatives that will add on to the strategies and approaches that could be adapted to different contexts and successfully applied.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
South Asia
Sierra Leone
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
CEO, South Asia Development Gateway
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Development, Humanitarian Relief, Gender, Youth, Education, Civil Society
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Training, Evaluation, Program Design, Program Administration, Advocacy, Intervention, Research
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Conflict Resolution and Anti-Insurgency Operations
Education for Inter-faith confidence building and networking
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
1. Woman Rights Education Literacy Online Journal, Pennsylvania
2. ICT for Poverty Reduction: The African Perspective Encyclopaedia of Digital Governance, 2006. Idea Group Inc., Hershey, PA 17033 USA
3. National Information & Communication Policy for Poverty Reduction- Emerging Issues in Africa. Communication and Development. World Conference Proceedings, FAO, WB, 2006, Rome.
4. ICT for Socio-Economic Development: ACTION Model. In African E-Markets. Eds Aida Opoku-Mensah & M. Salih. International Books & UN, The Netherlands, 2007
5. The African Renaissance -Book Review published in The Ethiopian Review, Oct 2003 Issue.
6. Problems, prospects and future of education for minorities in India: a case study of Madrassa education in Assam. In Management of School Education in India (Ed. Neelam Sood) New Delhi, A.P.H., 2003.
7. e-Governance: The Indian Experience. In ICT Focus, Vol:2 Issue:3, Nov/03; Addis Ababa
8. Access & Equity Issues in Crossing the Digital Divide through Open & Distance Learning. In AAOU XV Conference Volume, 2002, IGNOU: New Delhi. Visit www.ignou.ac.in
9. ICT for Education in Ethiopia. In Ethiopian Herald, June 2003
Making of an Outer Circle in Language: TEFL as an avenue for Gender Sensitisations ILS Proceedings, 15thAnnual Conference, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa; 2003
10. Computer Networks as Mass Media: Exploring Possibilities of Computer Initiatives in TEFL in Ethiopia (Co-auth: Demisse T.) ILS Proceedings, 15thAnnual Conference, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa; 2003
11. Towards ESP In Ethiopia: A 3D English Language Needs Survey. In Proceedings of 2ndInterdisciplinary Conference English Language Teaching, Unity University, Addis Ababa; April 2003.
12. Cultural Content and Foreign Language Acquisition: A Case for Paradigm Shift in Ethiopia. In Annual OSSREA Conference, Organization for Social Sciences Research in Easter and Southern Africa; Addis Ababa June, 2003.

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At 9:12am on August 27, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Dear Dr Baharul,


Given your field of work in the region, I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) not-for-profit event; "The Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit - From Talk To Action", taking place in Bangkok 2 - 4 December 2011, which brings together mediation and ADR specialists from various fields; including family mediation, commercial and workplace mediation, court-annexed mediation, conflict and community mediation, climate change and disaster response mediation and various cross-sectional themes, like for example human rights, cross-cultural dynamics and women in mediation.

Do have a look at my profile and the Mediation Summit's link (www.mediation-leadership.com) and feel free to email me or send me a message when having any questions regarding participation.

Kind regards,

Dennis Bours

At 8:55am on December 30, 2010, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Dr. Baharul Islam, AOA,

Nice to meet you here. Have a very happy successful and peaceful new year.

In peace.

At 9:50pm on June 13, 2008, Chris LeGore said…

Every few weeks I look through the new members for interesting people. Welcome to the site. I'd like to introduce myself and see if you'd like to begin communication. I am very interested in ADR, mediation, negotiation, human rights and politics from a legal and consultancy standpoint. It seems we have some common interests and may be able to help/learn from each other.

Thanks for your time,
Chris LeGore
At 12:51pm on May 1, 2008, Erle Frayne Argonza said…
Hi Dr. Baharul Pls join my circle of friends. Great to learn about your very wide experience and expertise on the matter of peace and developent. You may find my blog writes interesting for reads. Welcome aboard!

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