Bangladesh Wins UNDP Award with poverty reduction story

Jan 29, 2013

Bangladesh won second place in an annual United Nations Development Programme competition, with a story that highlights the success of the country’s poverty alleviation efforts, with a specific focus on the contributions that destitute women have made in the economic sphere.

H.E. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York received the award from UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark on 28th January, 2013.

Sixty-six countries submitted more than 120 stories to the competition, with the Asia Pacific region winning two of the top three awards.
The 12-member jury that selected the winners in the storytelling competition included international development and political journalists, in addition to representatives from the Canadian and Australian Permanent Missions to the UN.

Bangladesh’s submission highlights the struggles and triumphs of Shyamola Begum of Korail slum in Dhaka, as she found her feet after being abandoned by her husband with two children to feed.

With the help of an entrepreneur grant from UNDP’s urban poverty project, Shyamola set up a tea-stall that provided a consistent source of income, which has lifted the entire family out of poverty.

The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction project, funded by UKAID, has benefitted more than 3 million people across 29 urban centres in Bangladesh.

“These stories highlight UNDP’s critical work on poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and the environment and sustainable development,” said UNDP chief Helen Clark in a statement. “They remind us that people are and always will be the centre of UNDP’s work.”

Mahtab Haider, Communications Analyst and Nader Rahman, Communications Associate, UNDP Bangladesh co-wrote the winning story.

Contact information

Nader Rahman, Communications Associate, UNDP via email:, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1841, mob: +88 01819257099