Poverty response urban planning: Critical review of international literature and analysis of Bangladesh System

Christopher McWilliams, Ya Ping Wang, tanjil sowgat

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    Abstract

    This paper seeks to critically analysis and contextualise pro-poor planning policies designed to address key aspects of urban poverty in Bangladesh. This research intends to fill the gap in contemporary urban planning literature regarding the promotion of pro-poor planning in the developing world. Recent research and practices show that inclusion of poor people in development ideally requires two aspects: an inclusive approach to address both income and non-income poverty issues and recognition of informal economic activities as well as settlements.
    In reality, as demonstrated by the Bangladesh case-study, urban poor face serious problems such as low income, lack of reliable employment, lack of access to decent living spaces, and limited access to basic urban facilities, However, planning proposals are not explicit in relation to the issues faced by the poor and somewhat cramped within market driven income and business improvement agendas.
    This study concludes that planning needs to encourage participation of the poor, sacrifice commercial interests and strengthen institutional capacity of the planning authority to respond to poverty.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Planning Studies
    Publication statusIn preparation - 2012

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