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State of Cities: Urban Governance

By the third decade of this century, it is expected that nearly half the population of Bangladesh will live in urban areas. This trend is palpable even now as major urban areas of the country are increasingly becoming hubs of economic, social and cultural activity. This rapid burst of urbanisation requires good urban governance with focus on interdependent principles of sustainability, equity, efficiency, transparency, accountability, security and civic engagement. Rapid urbanisation in Bangladesh has contributed towards transforming the capital Dhaka, a sleepy city back in 1950s into a mega city, which is moving to become one of the most populated cities of the world by 2015.