DNCC, UNICEF sign MoU to improve urban inequity
18 May 2016, Nirapad News: Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and UNICEF Bangladesh today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a joint work plan for improving basic services in the poor urban communities to develop their overall wellbeing and reduce the service gaps between slum and non-slum areas.
DNCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mohammad Mesbahul Islam and UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder singed the MOU and the annual work plan on behalf of their respective organisations in presence of the DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq at the former’s office in the city, according to a press release of UNICEF.
“UNICEF is ready to support the Government of Bangladesh in advancing urban development and services, in order to achieve sustainable changes in the lives in urban children,” said Edouard Beigbeder.
He said the growing numbers of urban poor without access to basic services provides a compelling case for UNICEF to strategically engage in urban programming.
Under the initiative, basic services such as health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation to the children and their families will be enhanced, said the release.
At the initial stage of the partnership, the social services package and implementation strategies for urban poor communities are being piloted in Zone-2 of DNCC for development of a sustainable model for city corporations towards realisation of rights of children and their families by increasing their access to basic services. The area has a growing number of slums and many of the RMG factories are established here, it added.
Globally, and even more in Bangladesh, the proportion of population living in urban areas is growing. As per the World Population Prospect (2014), Dhaka will be 6th largest megacity in the world in 2030 and the urban population in Bangladesh, which is now 53 million, will grow to 112 million in 2050, the UNICEF release mentioned.
But the housing situation and social infrastructure in urban areas have failed to keep pace with the rapid urbanization caused by climate change and growth of the RMG sector. This has resulted in the build-up of numerous urban slum areas, with limited access to services.