This paper is based on research undertaken in Bangladesh in order to understand the socio-economic impact of the Dhaka Urban Transport Project on the poor. Research focused on the exclusion of non-motorised vehicles from parts of Mirpur Road, and the construction of a flyover over the busy Mohakhali Junction. The paper shows how damaging some aspects of urban development can be, as well as the clear benefits for others. In the light of research findings the authors consider what could have been done to avoid, mitigate or compensate for adverse impact on the poor. The paper identifies the need for ensuring livelihoods are understood unprotected in urban development, and ends with recommendations for urban development planners, policy-makers and practitioners.
30th WEDC International Conference, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 2004. 7 pp.