Selected Socioeconomic Characteristics of Waste Collector Children in Dhaka City

Hossain, M.S., Alam, M.M., and Khan, N.A. 2016. Selected Socioeconomic Characteristics of Waste Collector Children in Dhaka City. Development Review, Vol. 25, Forthcoming.

9 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017

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Mohammad Hossain

East West University

Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Niaz Ahmed Khan

International union for Conservation of Nature

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Generally in the city areas of developing countries, children from the poor and low income families are involved in a range of risky, unhealthy, and environmentally hazardous economic activities and trades. One of these common activities concerns collecting recyclable waste form the street or landfill areas. To understand the socioeconomic characteristics of these waste collector children, this study collected data from fifty children who engaged in waste collection in the landfill of Matuail in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. The data were collected by questionnaire guide, and the samples were selected based on convenient random sampling.

This study analyses the socioeconomic conditions of these waste collector children by focussing on such characteristics as their demographic profile, economic affiliation, and nature of the waste collection task. This empirical study may inform and illuminate the relevant policy makers and field activists in widening their understanding of the life and living of this vulnerable group.

Keywords: Landfill; Street Children; Poverty; Bangladesh

JEL Classification: I31, I32

Suggested Citation

Hossain, Mohammad and Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Khan, Niaz Ahmed, Selected Socioeconomic Characteristics of Waste Collector Children in Dhaka City (2016). Hossain, M.S., Alam, M.M., and Khan, N.A. 2016. Selected Socioeconomic Characteristics of Waste Collector Children in Dhaka City. Development Review, Vol. 25, Forthcoming.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943377

Mohammad Hossain

East West University ( email )

43-45 Mohakhali C/A
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Niaz Ahmed Khan

International union for Conservation of Nature ( email )

Rue Mauverney 28
Gland, Canton de Vaud 1196
Switzerland

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