Today, Bangladesh is perhaps the most climate change-aware nation in the world. Innovations and discussions around addressing challenges related to frequent floods, cyclones and water-logging, as well as rural migration abound. One interesting view is that if water is going to take over more and more land, solutions should leverage water’s presence rather than try [...]
While nobody knows exactly how many people are involved in trafficking, forcing children and women into prostitution, a study from 2009 commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development estimates that India has about three million prostitutes, of which 40%, or more than one million, are children.
In October 2012, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised India’s economic growth for fiscal year 2012-2013 down to 4.9%. Similar downgrades were already made by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Fitch and even India’s own newly-appointed Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan. The downgrades are unlikely to have taken anyone [...]
Fast growing urban agglomerations in the hill states of India are seldom the focus of discussions on urbanization and its challenges. Topography itself is a significant challenge for hill cities. Add to that the dimension of being a conflict zone and the challenges multiply. Srinagar is one such city.
Among the urban poor, the most marginalized often have no access to shelter. Instead, they live in makeshift homes on sidewalks or pavements, underneath bridges and flyovers, along railways lines and in or near railway stations across the city. Often called ‘pavement dwellers,’ these homeless urban poor appear to be increasing in numbers. Their makeshift [...]
Rapidly urbanizing Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most populous country, and, city-states aside, the world’s most densely populated country. Depending on the source, annual urban population growth ranges from 3% to 6%. Today, 28% of Bangladesh’s total population, or approximately 45 million people, lives in cities, and it is projected that that number will cross [...]