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Urban innovation challenge for Bangladesh’s cities

A woman and her child in an informal settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Andrew V Marcus / Shutterstock.com)

A Dhaka-based charity has launched a year-long “urban innovation challenge” designed to help cities across Bangladesh tackle pressing urban problems.

Annisul Huq, the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), hailed the initiative as a “major milestone” for the Southeast Asian nation’s urban development, according to BRAC, the world’s largest development organization.

The challenge is focused on improving health, transportation and job opportunities in the informal economy. Innovators, entrepreneurs and university students are encouraged to submit proposals by November 30. Winners will receive mentoring, grants and other assistance to test concepts from April to August 2017, the announcement says. The Daily Star reports that a key goal is to engage more young citizens on urban issues.

Overcrowding and migration compound problems for Bangladeshi municipalities such as Dhaka, a megacity with more than 15 million people. According to BRAC, the nation is the ninth-most densely populated in the world, with 140,000 residents per square kilometer. More than 1,000 migrants stream into Dhaka daily.

The charity’s mission is to eradicate poverty. BRAC operates in a dozen of the world’s poorest countries: Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Read more details about the competition here

Source: 
BRAC

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