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Poverty in the urban areas

2020-01-21 0

At present we all, irrespective of government and non-government organisations, development partners and UN bodies working together to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We have many programmes from rural to semi-urbans to urban areas to eradicate poverty and to make a pr...

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Dhaka’s ‘coordination’ problem: A thorn in the side of city governments

2020-01-19 0

To offer better city services to the inhabitants of Dhaka, past governments have stressed on the “coordination” of activities of all the city service providers—as many as 50—through forming committees. In the last 30 years, this approach has frustrated all elected mayors, including Annisul Huq...

A new urban form for Dhaka that works with canals and wetlands. ILLUSTRATION: AFREEN AHMED ROCHANA/BENGAL INSTITUTE

WORLD CITIES DAY: Why a national urban policy should be our top priority

2020-01-18 0

Bangladesh’s rapid urbanisation has accelerated the country’s social and economic progress, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But delays in adopting a national urban policy are limiting the rate and scope of these important gai...

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In pursuit of social security for the urban poor

2020-01-17 0

It was a week after the recent fire incident that turned everything to ashes in a slum in Mirpur when people like Shahida Begum were looking for help to restore their normal lives. The only people that came to their aid and fed them were their neighbours. Poor people who are forced to settle d...

Rickshaw in Dhaka

Investing in women-owned businesses as a poverty-busting scheme

2019-10-20 0

It’s impossible to spend any time in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and not wonder at the remarkable role cycle-rickshaw plays as a core transport service for city commuters.  It is, after all, nimble, affordable, zero-emissions and usually faster than a car in Dhaka’s stop-start traf...

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