Neglecting the urban poor in Bangladesh:research, policy and action in th context of climate change

Banks, Nicola and Roy, Manoj and Hulme, David (2011) Neglecting the urban poor in Bangladesh:research, policy and action in th context of climate change. Environment and Urbanization, 23 (2). pp. 487-502. ISSN 1746-0301

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Abstract

In Bangladesh, urban poverty is neglected in research, policy and action on poverty reduction. This paper explores the underlying reasons for this relative neglect, which include national identity and image, the political economy of urban poverty and the structuring of knowledge creation. It argues for more comprehensive policy and programmes for the urban poor given Bangladesh’s increasingly urban future and the growing magnitude of urban poverty. The impact of climate change will accelerate Bangladesh’s ongoing urbanization as well as deepen the scale and severity of urban poverty. The fact that reducing urban poverty will be increasingly important in meeting national goals for poverty reduction means that policy and action must pay more attention to the urban poor. This is contingent upon two factors: first, a better understanding of the scale and nature of urban poverty and vulnerability; and second, the confrontation of powerful interests necessary to secure a national commitment to urban poverty reduction

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Journal Article
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Environment and Urbanization
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23 Sep 2013 08:57
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