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Top Ideas for Urbanization

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In June of 2015, Bangladesh Priorities held a roundtable of sector experts to discuss the best solutions for Bangladesh’s urbanization. Combined with in-depth interviews and review of the 26 background studies of the 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) and the Plan itself, the most notable ideas focused on: improving road safety for pedestrian traffic, creating health centers in slums, establishing infrastructure to facilitate RMG factories relocation outside major metropolitan cities, setting up public-private-partnership (PPP) for establishment of low-cost housing facilities, and, scaling up UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) project. The notable ideas discussed by the sector experts included various social, economic and politico-legal challenges that Bangladesh’s urban poor face, such as access to affordable health, educational, financial and housing services. 

Proposed Ideas 

The prominent ideas arising from the roundtable are highlighted in the following presentation.

Roundtable Attendees 

Prominent discussants in the roundtable were Sarder Shafiqul Alam, Coordinator, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Alayne M.Adams.PhD, Senior Social Scientist, Centre for Equity and Health System, MD.Asif Rahman, Lecturer, BRAC University, Tazrina Habib Ananya, Research Associate, C3ER, BRAC University, S.A.Mamun, Programme Specialist, UNICEF, Dr.Margub Aref Jahangir, Health Officer, UNICEF, Kazi Nazrul Fattah, Program Head, BRAC Urban Program, Sara Bumsted, Gender Policy Advisor, UNDP, Palash Das, ACD, UNDP, Jay Malette, JPC, UNDP, Nabeera Rahman, UNV,UNDP, Suhel Ahmed Choudhury, Former Commerce Secretary & Former Chairman, Janata Bank, Reasat Kamal, Manager, BRAC urban program, Shamim Hossain, RA, BUDP, Dilruba Haider, Program Coordinator, UN Women, Rechal Lorenz, Senior Infrastructure Adviser, UNPOS and Ferdous Jahan, PhD. Professor, Public Administration.

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