Posted on 25/02/2010
Dr Vandana Desai
Dr Vandana Desai, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, was an invited panel member at a round table discussion at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Sandip Verma, Shadow Minister for Children, Schools and Families.
The debate explored new ways of fighting and alleviating poverty and the panel looked at raising an awareness of issues in provision of aid to Bangladesh and to address emerging issues in the context of economic growth in South Asia. Dr Desai emphasised the right of the poor to the city and to adequate housing and the need for more creative informal financing in resolving the issues involved. “Rental housing policy has a key role to play as the way forward in achieving better quality of life for the poor,” she said.
Chaired by Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar of the University of Dhaka, panel members along with Dr Desai included Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who received a Knighthood this month for his outstanding contributions to social improvement, poverty alleviation, and empowerment of the poor in Bangladesh (BRAC) and overseas; Professor Robert Chambers of the Institute of Development, University of Sussex; Professor Mushtaq Khan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; and Peter Fowler, the ex High Commissioner to Bangladesh. Dr Desai concentrated on her research areas of urban poverty in the Indian sub-continent, particularly focusing on housing the poor, ageing, gender and NGOs.
For more information on Dr Desai visit: http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/Desai