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Law and Order in Bangladesh’s South East Border Area: A Public Perception Survey, 2011

The purpose of this project was to provide qualitative and quantitative information on public perceptions on law and order in the South-East border area of Bangladesh. This was a joint project implemented by Saferworld, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and Mitra & Associates. Objectives of the survey were:


  • Establish baseline information for the 2500 households by incorporating a range of data sources including a public opinion survey on issues of safety and security in Teknaf and Ukhia Upazilas and Cox’s Bazar Sadar, in the South-East border area of Bangladesh (the Chittagong-Myanmar border).(re-check the consistency of the first part of the paragraph) 
  • It will follow a random sampling technique to ensure the production of statistically significant quantitative indicators of public perceptions. Where possible and appropriate the survey will ‘track’ trends in responses by re-asking existing questions from the Security provision in Bangladesh
  • Ensure substantive input from target respondents 
  • Make evidence based recommendations for improvement of 2500 households in Bangladesh’s South East border area 


Scope of the survey/ survey components


Inclusivity was fundamental to the project partners’ approach and the views and perceptions of the most vulnerable groups in social (which often includes small traders including small business entrepreneurs and shop owners; fishermen and fish traders; farmers; handicraft traders; rickshaw pullers and those engaged in the transport sector; community leaders; youth; ethnic minority groups; and Rohingya refugees) were a key consideration for Saferworld and Mitra. They served an important indicator of safety and security by which the success of the PRP and other projects could be measured. The partners were committed to promoting equality and the role of women and men, ensuring their views were fully taken into account. The research was disaggregated to ensure that the different perceptions of specific groups were identified; research activities promoted the participation of marginalized and vulnerable groups, and where, appropriate, separate research activities were held for marginalized groups to ensure their perspectives were considered.


The target audience for the research was the Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Police, development organizations and donors. Depending on the extent to which the survey findings could be disseminated.


The target respondents include the people of the South East bordering areas of Bangladesh. 


Key survey components included the following: 


Household survey: The household survey provided quantitative information on public perceptions of law and order in Bangladesh’s South-East border area. Mitra was responsible for: 


  • training of the enumerators and supervisors/ quality controllers; 
  • pre –testing of questionnaires; 
  • field data collection and field work coordination; and 
  • quality control of collected data and data analysis.


FGDs and KIIs – FGD and KII were also carried out from among the respondent selected from the study area.  


The contract was awarded by Saferworld and funded by DFID/UK. 


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