Tania Tasnin is working in BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) programme as Manager, Knowledge Management and Communication. Before joining this position, she played a vital role in UPG programme’s Advocacy unit for over four years. She also worked at the UPG programme’s counterpart, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI)’s as a Learning and Collaboration Manager. Ms. Tania has completed her BSS and MSS degree in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University.
Communities across the globe are connected through the power of information and technology. Consumption patterns have been altered and traditional ways of working disrupted. How does this play out in the development sector?
In Bangladesh, one in 10 people live with a disability. That's 16 million people, more than double of the population of Hong Kong. While countries around the world have made progress in reducing poverty, the condition of the majority of people with disabilities has not improved. People with disabilities continue to live with a higher poverty and unemployment rate.
Bangladesh ranks seventh in the global top ten most affected countries in the climate risk index 2021 report. Approximately 13.3 million Bangladeshis are estimated to be displaced by 2050 due to climate change impacts. To combat challenges of climate-induced disasters, learning from the past can be instrumental in reducing risks and better support people living in ultra-poverty.
There is more to poverty than we see. Living below the poverty line does not only mean lack of food and money. It also encompasses lack of agency, absence of social integration, capacity deficiency in accessing essential services. To eradicate extreme poverty, approaching poverty’s multidimensional aspects is key.