In cooperation with the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC, Copenhagen Consensus Center organized roundtable discussions with an aim to figure out smarter solutions to the most problematic issues facing Bangladesh.
WORKING WITH 30-50 economists including Nobel Laureates, 100+
sector experts engaging major development organizations, NGOs,
government, businesses, youths, rural and urban Bangladeshis to
identify, analyze and prioritize interventions that will deliver greater
benefit per taka spent, helping move Bangladesh towards Vision 2021
and a more prosperous long term future.
In cooperation with the Research
and Evaluation Division of BRAC,
Copenhagen Consensus Center
organized roundtable discussions
with an aim to figure out smarter
solutions to the most problematic
issues facing Bangladesh.
These roundtables are
one of several sources
for research ideas.
Sourcing ideas and solutions
Smarter solutions for Bangladesh
Complete set of papers
on 30-50 solutions
Academia Pvt sector
across the country
Social, economic and
research by top Bangladeshi,
and international economists
Extensive peer review by sector
experts and academics
100+ ideas on
policies & investments
the public via
and social media
(1 of 6)
• Provide new type of financing for low-cost housing (in
between micro-credit and traditional loans).
• Build more east-west roads in Dhaka.
• Establish satellite townships around Dhaka.
• Establish and improve transport to satellite suburbs
• Limit immigration to the Capital.
• Develop a distinct financial district in Dhaka.
• Create a high-powered body to holistically plan and
oversee development in Dhaka (fewer standalone
(2 of 6)
• Provide education and healthcare services found in the
Capital to rural areas.
• Establish infrastructure to facilitate RMG factories
relocation outside major metropolitan cities.
• Tax new, free-standing housing (encourage high
• Improve drainage system of cities.
• Establish health centers in slums.
• Improve infrastructure resilience against natural
disasters and earthquakes.
• Congestion tax or regulate number of cars in Dhaka.
• More public transport in Dhaka.
(3 of 6)
• Increase autonomy of local bodies for accelerated
• Ensure a competitive but regulated market in land,
housing finance and building materials.
• Improve road safety for pedestrian traffic.
• Relocation of urban poor to city’s outskirts.
• Investing in R&D for improving infrastructure
• Set up public-private-partnership (PPP) for
establishment of low-cost housing facilities.
• Set up a separate ministry to deal with urbanization.
• Conduct regular land settlement mapping.
(4 of 6)
• Strengthen municipality and city corporation bodies.
• Engage communities in projects related to tackling
• Assess the impact of climate change on urban water and
• Encourage agricultural activities in city and fringe
• Promote use of unused land by the poor within the city
or fringe areas of Dhaka for cultivation of fruits,
vegetables and flowers.
• Improve sanitation facilities.
(5 of 6)
• Ensure urban poor’s rights to basic services i.e.,
housing, water and sanitation.
• Legalize illegal slum settlements.
• Establish affordable health facilities in urban areas.
• Enhance urban poor’s access to low cost fruits and
• Strengthen community clinics to reduce dependency on
Dhaka’s specialized hospitals.
• Regulate traffic flows in Dhaka following the Kolkata
model (one-way street system in the morning and
(6 of 6)
• Scale up UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty
Reduction (UPPR) project.
• Community level savings and credit schemes for
community housing development.
• Relocate offices, private schools and hospitals from
Full List of Attendees and
Sarder Shafiqul Alam, Coordinator, International
Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).
Alayne M.Adams.PhD, Senior Social Scientist, Centre
for Equity and Health System.
MD.Asif Rahman, Lecturer, BRAC University.
Tazrina Habib Ananya, Research Associate, C3ER,
S.A.Mamun, Programme Specialist, UNICEF.
Dr.Margub Aref Jahangir, Health Officer, UNICEF.
Kazi Nazrul Fattah, Program Head, BRAC Urban
Sara Bumsted, Gender Policy Advisor, UNDP.
Palash Das, ACD, UNDP.
Jay Malette, JPC, UNDP.
Nabeera Rahman, UNV,UNDP.
Suhel Ahmed Choudhury, Former Commerce Secretary
& Former Chairman, Janata Bank.
Reasat Kamal, Manager, BRAC Urban Program.
Shamim Hossain, RA, BUDP.
Dilruba Haider, Program Coordinator, UN Women.
Rechal Lorenz, Senior Infrastructure Adviser, UNPOS.
Ferdou Jahan, PhD. Professor, Public Administration.