The devastating effects of climate change — floods, salinization of land, destructive super cyclones, and reduced agricultural yields — have displaced millions of people from rural Bangladesh. Almost half a million people flee to Bangladesh’s capital every year. Hundreds of thousands of people each year flee to Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities on earth, to seek work and shelter.
Currently, 7 million people, representing 40 percent of Dhaka’s population, live in the slums, riverbanks, parks, and trains stations of the city. State leaders have recently requested $4 billion from international aid agencies to address climate change mitigation, adaptation, and development, but it is unclear what percentage, if any, of the funds received might be used for housing and services for the pavement dwellers of Dhaka.