Bangladesh Urban Forum

What is the BUF?

The BUF is conceived of as a broad-based stakeholder platform for dialogue and action to address urban issues. BUF is both a process and event to be institutionalised. This approach will ensure that the dialogue and action—rooted in a broad-based social consensus on the challenges arising from and possible responses to urbanization and urban poverty—will be sustained over the longer-term.  Similar to urban forums in a number of other countries, the BUF can promote this by offering urban sector stakeholders a space for mutual exchange of ideas, best practices and policy discussion on urbanization and urban development.


Making Cities and Towns Work for All.


The BUF shall promote dialogue and action to address urban issues by offering urban sector stakeholders a space for mutual exchanging of ideas and sharing best practices as well as policy discussion on urbanization and urban development.

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Current Event

1st Conference of BUF

5-7 December, 2011, BICC, Dhaka

The three day long 1st Session of Bangladesh Urban Forum began with the Inaugural Ceremony attended by the Honourable President of Bangladesh, followed by a visit to the Urban Exhibition. The Closing Ceremony was attended by the Honourable Finance Minister, GOB having State Minister for LGRDC and State Minister for Housing and Public Works as the Special Guest. Read More

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BUF Thematic Clusters

As per Business Plan of Bangladesh Urban Forum and BUF-IMSC meeting, eight Thematic Clusters were formed to institutionalize Bangladesh Urban Forum. Till now, 100+ organization are on board under the Thematic Clusters. Click on the respective clusters to get details.

EOI to join
BUF Thematic Clusters

Dear Urban Stakeholders,

BUF Secretariat is pleased to request you to send Expression of Interest (EOI) to join BUF Thematic Clusters. To learn more about the clusters, please browse the website or write to