To formulate a comprehensive urban policy, a group of urban experts and Secretariat members of Citizen’s Platform sat with the Hon’ble Minister R. A. M Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, MP, Ministry of Housing and Public Works on Monday, 12 February 2024.

Highlighting the need for housing, water and sanitation facilities for the urban poor, the team briefed the Minister about the recommendations of Citizen’s Platform’s Policy Brief on “Providing Public Utilities and Services in the backdrop of Unplanned Urbanisation”.

The Citizen’s Platform’s team included Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Convenor, Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform, and Distinguished Fellow, CPD; Ms Hasin Jahan, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh; Dr Shanawez Hossain, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Studies and Governance, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB); Professor Dr Md Akter Mahmud, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University; Professor Dr Ishrat Islam, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET; Mr Mohammed Nabinur Rahman, Advocacy Advisor, Concern Worldwide; Ms Tarannum Jinan, Senior Administrative Associate, CPD.

Mr Kazi Wasi Uddin, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works was also present in the discussion.