700 urban migrant households get improvement support
RAJSHAHI, Sept 23, 2021 (BSS) - Around 700 urban migrant households were
given requisite support aimed at improving their level of confidence after
the best uses of local resources in Rajshahi city.
Besides, they got scopes of eradicating their poverty caused by the
adverse impact of climate change as the climate-induced poverty has been
escalating gradually in the urban areas.
The views were revealed in the inception workshop of a project titled
"Community Social Labs: An initiative to improve the living conditions of
vulnerable slum residents" held at the City Bhaban conference hall yesterday
The 15-month project is being implemented in some parts of the city
under the Urban Management of International Migration due to Climate Change
(UMIMCC) and Urban Management of Migration and Livelihoods Projects.
Deutsche Gesellshaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been
implementing the project in association with Caritas Bangladesh being funded
by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
and co-funded by the European Union (EU).
City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the inception meeting as
chief guest expecting that the slum people will be aware about identifying
their problems through this project.
As per priority, the community people, who are migrated by the adverse
impact of climate change to the city, will find out ways of solutions and
ultimately they will be benefited.
With Regional Director of Caritas Bangladesh Sukleash George Costa in
the chair, the meeting was addressed, among others, by ward councilors of
Rajshahi City Corporation Muhammad Kamruzzaman, Matiur Rahman and Ayesha
Khatun and Secretary Moshiur Rahman and Social Service Officer Dr Hamidul
Mayor Liton also mentioned that the rural poor people with their
recurrent disaster exposures are migrating into urban areas. These newcomers
face a high employment crisis in the city and with very poor-quality housing
and other well-being further tapping them into a deeper urban poverty cycle.
Climate change is becoming a threat to the urban environment and
development and livelihood as well as uncertainty. Urban poverty is highly
linked with rural disaster risks.
The urbanisation situation, particularly the housing in the city, is
getting more acute with every passing year.
Liton mentioned all the vulnerability issues need to be brought under a
comprehensive risk based master plan to accommodate at least 30 per cent
people from vulnerable rural areas around.