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Mr. Ismot Hasnine Masrur E Khuda

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

About the speaker

Mr. Ismot Hasnine Masrur E Khuda is a final-year undergraduate student at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Ismot’s core interest lies in the intersection of Climate Change, Technology and Policy. In his nascent career as a researcher, he has primarily worked on smart cities, urban slums, urban disaster reduction and digital twins with a special focus on cities of Bangladesh. Besides these, he also works as a Contributor for the leading Bangladeshi English Daily “The Financial Express” where his portfolio includes writes ups on the geographical demarcations of Bangladesh’s economy, technological changes in the modern world among many others.

Presentation Highlights

  • Urban Slums and Sustainable Livelihood
  • Quantification of Sustainable Livelihood Capitals of Korail Slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Comparison among Livelihood Capitals to Identify Vulnerable Aspects of the Slum Community.

Paper Abstract

Assessing the Sustainable Livelihood Level of Urban Slum Communities in Dhaka Metropolitan City

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is one of the densest and fastest urbanizing cities in the world. Millions of people from all around the country migrate to the capital owing predominantly to the incessant natural calamities, social unrest and economic downturns. Along with the rural-urban migration, limited housing affordability has increased the number of urban slums. In such areas, the housing conditions of households are influenced by the diverse range of livelihood assets they possess. In the growing body of literature, studies quantifying the sustainability of the livelihoods of the slum dwellers are scarce in the context of Dhaka city. Hence, this study attempts to assess the sustainable livelihood level of urban slum dwellers based on the Sustainable Livelihood Framework. The study was conducted in the Korail slum, one of the largest slums of Dhaka Metropolitan City. The five capitals within the framework were categorized into several factors which were scored following the Likert scale. Finally, the relative strength of the capitals was quantified. The findings will be helpful for the policy makers and stakeholders towards developing an equitable and sustainable urban community. Furthermore, such an understanding of the inequality and deprivation of this population is necessary to achieve the SDG 10 and SDG11 which directly impacts the making of sustainable and inclusive communities.

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