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Bangladeshi garment workers and the work of BGMEA

Chittagong, 19 September 2016 — The readymade garments sector (RMG) in Bangladesh has been making crucial contribution to the country and its economy, accounting for 81% of the total export earnings of the country. Apart from being the major earner of foreign currency, the RMG sector creates employment for over 4 million people, the vast majority of whom are women. See more.

Social development through art

Chittagong, 22 August 2016 — Along the southern coastline of Chittagong lies the world’s largest ship-breaking yard. Thousands of people work hazardous jobs to cut down giants of the ocean into salvageable metal and make a living on less than two dollars a day. See more.

Bangladeshi Garment Workers Get a Chance at an Education

Chittagong, 4 July 2016 — Asian University for Women's (AUW) Pathways to Promise program provides female garment workers an opportunity to switch their sewing machines for books and computers. See more.

Discussing Chittagong’s urban future with Prof. Hoque

Chittagong, 7 June 2016 — Prof. Engr. M.Mozammel Hoque is a respected senior civil engineer with extensive experience of working with Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), the primary planning wing of the government. He is the former vice-chancellor and dean of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology and currently a consultant to both government and private sectors for civil-engineering and project feasibility studies. In this interview, he discusses how politics can be adopted as a mean to exploit resources and further trigger corruption. However, he exhibits optimism towards the development of Chittagong, a primary commercial hub of Bangladesh and how it can be accomplished through various measures. See more.

Port city adopts smart city plans to align with developed countries

Chittagong, 23 May 2016 — The port city of Chittagong accounts for more than ninety percent of international trade of Bangladesh and is as popular as the capital since it is the primary business hub. Just like the capital, Chittagong is also facing explosive growth and requires contemporary sustainable development approach to make the city more livable for its dwellers and keep up with its fast pace growth. See more.

Building flyovers: A part of sustainable urban transport system

Chittagong, 11 April 2016 — Bangladesh's longest flyover, 23-km long Akhtaruzzaman Chy flyover, which is being built by the Chittagong government, would help international trade as it links the port city to the airport in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This project once completed could also reduce traffic congestion. For countries like Bangladesh which and can’t easily decrease the number of vehicles running on the street quickly, building flyovers can be a part of sustainable urban transport system. It would help to properly facilitate traffic congestion. Also pedestrians would have more space for themselves on roads to walk freely because flyovers can reduce the number of big vehicles in the road that can cause accidents. See more.

Inclusive urban governance in Chittagong

Chittagong, 24 March 2016 — The Bangladeshi government has launched a large-investment project that aims to improve public services by strengthening administrative capacity, city governments and urban infrastructure, leading to better urban areas and increased opportunities for all.See more.

"Illuminating them": A community-driven project for spreading education

Chittagong, 25 February 2016 — A lot of children living in slums do not go to school because of lack of finance and awareness about importance of education in their family. Educated youth from schools and universities in Chittagong gathered under one organization, Youth’s Voice (YV), have voluntarily taken an initiative to give classes to underprivileged children. Beyond basic education, they children will learn to think for themselves, leading to a better future for all Chittagong residents. See more.

New GIS warning system saves Chittagong from landslides

Chittagong, 4 December 2015 — High CO2 emissions and illegal cutting of hills have been contributing to regular landslides in Chittagong city. Migrants from different parts of the country move into Chittagong with the hope of better job opportunities. But high expenditure of city life leads them to live in hills of the city – an area that has turned out to be quite dangerous. A new web-based GIS Warning System initiative has the potential to improve the safety of residents in these areas with a more sophisticated tracking system that connects to key authorities. See more.

Empowering Chittagong’s indigenous people

Chittagong, 19 November 2015 — The indigenous population of Chittagong Hill Tracts has struggled with their identity and nationality even before the independence of Bangladesh. Increasingly, they have had no choice but to move to the cities, mostly Chittagong city, in search of a better life. This not only makes Chittagong city densely populated, it also poses the issue of wastage of natural resources in the hill tracts. The Integrated Community Development Project by Caritas Bangladesh collaborates with local social organizations and development agencies to ensure their rights, livelihood, education, and health. It also promotes income-generating activities, such as horticulture, so they can find livelihoods locally. See more.