A team of the Philippines government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited Narayanganj City Corporation on Wednesday to learn and share experiences from the two countries in reducing urban poverty using digital platforms.
The team comprised of the Resident Representative of UNDP Philippines, Titon Mitra; Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP Philippines, Andrew Parker; Technical Assistant, Ministry of Interior and Local Government, Philippines, Fausiah Abdula, and Mohammad Nor Abdullah Anggie from the same ministry.
The delegation met NCC Mayor Dr Salina Hayat Ivy and discussed UNDP’s initiative on urban poverty reduction, “Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities Project (LIUPC)”. Ashekur Rahman, Head of Poverty and Urbanization of UNDP Bangladesh, presented the keynote paper on LIUPC, according to a UNDP media release.
While sharing her experiences, Ivy said the project is helping the poor, particularly women, to get elevated from poverty. “It’s also helping me get closer to the people of my city corporation.”
She thanked UNDP for this initiative and hoped it will be expanded across the country.Titon Mitra, Resident Representative of UNDP Philippines, shared their country’s experience of using digital tools to address urban poverty.
Among others, Ashraful Amin from Access to Information (a2i) programme was present and shared a2i’s initiatives to use digital tools.Later, the delegation visited LIUPC project’s sites and Union Parishad Digital Centre of Boktaboli Union at Fatullah in Narayanganj.