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World Habitat Day 2020: Revitalising Housing for All Agenda in the Era of COVID-19

2020-10-05 0

The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to rethink how our cities and towns are designed and re-imagine ways to make them better-equipped to curb disease outbreaks from the get-go. The inevitable urban reality which we have already embarked on has brought about a wave of change...

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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...

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