Dhaka is the world’s fastest growing mega-city, home to more than 17 million people. 2000 new residents move to the capital every day. Economic opportunities are pulling people to the cities while climate change is pushing them to move out of low-lying areas.
Life in the city is not easy. Many new arrivals end up living in informal settlements with limited access to basic amenities. The pressure on Dhaka is mounting and similar challenges are emerging in other rapidly urbanising areas like Chittagong, Gazipur and Khulna.
It is time to take action and reshape our cities into places we all want to live in. We will make sure that people can access quality, affordable basic services and scale up innovations that improve city life. We will also work with urban government institutions to help low-income communities benefit from urban growth.