Bangladesh

New year with a fresh start: Addressing urban poverty in Bangladesh

New year with a fresh start: Addressing urban poverty in Bangladesh

Although Bangladesh has achieved much in the way of poverty reduction and human development, progress has been slower in some urban areas.
Issues such as slow-down of quality job growth, low levels of educational attainment (notably among the yout…

by · Wednesday, 12 December 2018 · Bangladesh
New year with a fresh start: Addressing urban poverty in Bangladesh

New year with a fresh start: Addressing urban poverty in Bangladesh

Although Bangladesh has achieved much in the way of poverty reduction and human development, progress has been slower in some urban areas.
Issues such as slow-down of quality job growth, low levels of educational attainment (notably among the yout…

by · Wednesday, 12 December 2018 · Bangladesh
Toward a Livable Dhaka

Toward a Livable Dhaka


Toward a Liveable Dhaka


The Dhaka Metropolitan Area is the economic and political center of Bangladesh and has been the country’s engine of economic growth and job creation. Dhaka’s role as a commercial hub has led to rapid population growth, with the population increasing 10 times in 40 years to about 18 million in 2015. This has contributed to Bangladesh having one of the fastest rates of urbanization in South Asia.
Today, more than one-third of Bangladesh’s urban population lives in Dhaka, one of the world’s most densely populated cities with 440 persons per hectare – denser than Mumbai (310), Hong Kong, and Karachi (both 270).
Dhaka is also one of the least livable cities in the world. It is ranked 137 on livability out of 140 cities, the lowest for any South Asian city surveyed. The low livability in Dhaka disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, such as the poor, women, and the elderly.

by · Wednesday, 21 November 2018 · Bangladesh, Hong Kong
Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

This Bangladeshi woman was born in poverty. With the right kind of education, life in poverty quickly became a story from the past for her. Credit: World Bank
“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says …

by · Wednesday, 17 October 2018 · Bangladesh, India, Oman

Meet Whocef, the Kutapalong cat

He belongs to the family of Imam Hussain who lost his leg,  his wife Halima Khatum and their five children, who live in Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh. Pets in the vast camps are a rarity – hardly any of about one million …

by · Wednesday, 3 October 2018 · Bangladesh, Myanmar

Meet Whocef, the Kutapalong cat

He belongs to the family of Imam Hussain who lost his leg,  his wife Halima Khatum and their five children, who live in Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh. Pets in the vast camps are a rarity – hardly any of about one million …

by · Wednesday, 3 October 2018 · Bangladesh, Myanmar

Meet Whocef, the Kutapalong cat

He belongs to the family of Imam Hussain who lost his leg,  his wife Halima Khatum and their five children, who live in Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh. Pets in the vast camps are a rarity – hardly any of about one million …

by · Wednesday, 3 October 2018 · Bangladesh, Myanmar
Connecting communities through India and Bangladesh’s cross-border markets

Connecting communities through India and Bangladesh’s cross-border markets

In remote border regions in Bangladesh and India, a government-to-government initiative is changing cross border relations, shifting the focus from smuggling and skirmishes to mutual economic gains and building a coalition for peace and cooperation.

by · Monday, 24 September 2018 · Bangladesh, India
Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved

Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved

 

“Think before you do, not after you’re done,” says a Bengali proverb that applies to an urgent threat today for Bangladesh—major environmental problems spawned by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. A decade of strong economic growth helped…

by · Friday, 21 September 2018 · Bangladesh

The quest for a “beautiful palace”

When I first met him, he was standing on the roof of his house. It was the second day of my assignment for UNICEF in Bangladesh. I was in Kutupalong Refugee Camp seeking stories about the impending monsoon that was set to wreak havoc on the camp’s 600,…

by · Tuesday, 18 September 2018 · Bangladesh