International Development Planning Review

Home for human development: Policy implications for homelessness in Bangladesh

International Development Planning Review (2004), 26, (3), 261–286.

Abstract

This paper argues that access of the poor to a home is a precondition of their ability to benefit from development practice. Besides being an ideological construct, a home also provides space for the daily survival of its dwellers, who are the subjects and object of human development. Homelessness precludes people from participating in and benefiting from development practices. This article explains how the absence of a holistic understanding of homelessness has resulted in homeless people's exclusion from housing provision and development initiatives in cities in Bangladesh. Types and extents of homelessness, its causes and consequences and responses to it are examined to suggest future policy implications for the housing–human development nexus.

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