Urban

July 20, 2020

Urban agriculture: Future source of organic food for city dwellers

COVID-19 could double the number of people facing acute food insecurity across the world - pushing 130 million more to the brink of starvation. Greener, more edible cities could provide a solution.
May 20, 2020

What does Nurjahan need?

Can we think of a human-centric approach to tackle the COVID-19 crisis?
May 16, 2020

Pregnancy in a pandemic: An interview

The world celebrated this year's Mothers’ Day indoors. But for many expectant mothers, this is a time of anxiety. Dr Mirana Zaman talks about how the pandemic is affecting women in low-income households physically and emotionally.
May 7, 2020

Ensuring productivity from home during a pandemic: What we are learning at BRAC

For over a month, business at BRAC’s head office is continuing as usual - entirely from home.
September 24, 2019

The growing water gap in Dhaka, one of the world’s fastest growing cities

Dhaka is facing an impending water crisis. What can we do about it? BRAC Institute of Governance and Development’s latest State of Cities report focuses on water governance, how we use water and what the future of water in Dhaka looks like.
July 1, 2019

Quality, affordable healthcare across the capital

Healthcare costs are rapidly increasing, with approximately two-thirds being covered by out-of-pocket expenditure in Bangladesh. Up to five million people are pushed into poverty every year because of healthcare costs.
May 29, 2019
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The road to safety

Accidents on the road paint a disquieting picture for the safety and security of Bangladesh’s citizens. It is time for all of us to acknowledge the issue at hand and take steps to reduce road crashes.
April 24, 2019

Building garment sector capacity at home in Bangladesh

Six years on from Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's garment sector still faces challenges. Local capacity building, especially of women, will speed progress in the rapidly changing sector.
April 17, 2019
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Into the fire, and out: Paying tribute to our firefighters

In crisis, firefighters are met with delay in reaching their destinations due to the traffic that plagues the city. The problem is compounded further when large, curious crowds gather around places of incidents. In the chaos and confusion, do we lose sight of the grim reality, that it is lives that are at stake?
November 8, 2018
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Growth at the grassroots: Communities revamping urban slums

Bangladesh is a country the size of New York but with a population that’s 8.5 times as large - 165 million people live in Bangladesh, compared to New York’s 19 million. 1 in 3 people in the country’s capital, Dhaka, live in urban slums.
October 2, 2018
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For waste-wise, sustainable cities

Dhaka Match Colony is a slum in the peripheries of South Dhaka.  In many ways, it is the quintessential urban slum - inadequate housing, cramped alleys and piles of solid waste clogging its waterways. The slum, however, has recently been transforming itself.
September 11, 2018

The digital specialists breaking the last taboo

Maya Apa, a digital wellbeing assistant, is re-inventing the way people from all walks of life access specialist advice on health, lifestyle and legal matters. It combines AI and real doctors to connect users to experts.