|Published : 23 Sep 2016, 00:20:37|
Int’l confce on urban poverty Sept 24-25
Three major weaknesses have been identified in the present urban policy approach including dominance of concerns for the elite, weak up-to-date statistics, largely missing critical aspects and urban civic discussion dominated by problem analysis at the expense of search for solutions.
Cities in Bangladesh are becoming both unequal and unliveable. Dhaka is a centre of economic growth but it is also the most unequal of the country's cities.
These were identified at a press briefing ahead of International Conference on 'Urban Poverty: Challenges of Perspectives and Action' to be held on 24-25 September at LGED Auditorium in the city.
Speaking on the occasion, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said with a population density of around 49,812 per sqkm, Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Dhaka's population nearly doubled through in-migration within last 15 years.
"Distance between metropolitan and mofussil is sharply increasing in both income levels and quality of life. Even Chittagong is sharply falling behind Dhaka," said the noted economist.
Regarding the international conference on urban poverty, he said it is the first major research-based large-scale event to share new city-level urban data and push for mainstreaming a holistic agenda on urban poverty. The conference will be jointly organized by PPRC and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) in partnership with the World Bank and UNDP. WaterAid Bangladesh is a session partner on sanitation.
Day 1 of the conference focuses on perspectives and new research. Day 2 focuses on solutions.
There will be nine sessions: i) opening keynotes ii) concepts and indicators of urban poverty iii) access to services and iv) slum realities (Day 1) and v) urban social protection vi) urban sanitation vii) urban health viii) low-cost housing and ix) closing policy panel on way forward. The event will be webcast live.