Dear Sir/Madam:

Greetings from WaterAid Bangladesh!

Bangladesh has been invited to nominate candidates to the Sida financed Advanced International Training Programme on Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation – Integrated Processes, 2016 arranged by NIRAS in collaboration with WaterAid Sweden. The programme will begin in August 2016 and last for 15 months. It includes, among other activities, three weeks scheduled in Sweden and two weeks scheduled in Uganda. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016.

To promote a fruitful networking among participants and to support actual impact on the implementing level, this  programme aims to gather organizations operating in one specific area in the country. In Bangladesh, the selected area is Dhaka City North and any organization working with water and sanitation in Dhaka City North is encouraged to nominate candidates to the programme. Organizations working in other areas than Dhaka City North, are also welcome to nominate candidates, but should be aware of the priority given to the selected area.  Candidates may be nominated by authorities, institutions, universities, NGOs, water utilities or other private companies active in the water and sanitation sector. The programme is primarily targeting organizations, not individuals, and efforts will be made to establish long-term relationships with key organizations. Such collaborative organizations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and to cooperate with other organizations in the programme. Capacity and interest to drive change processes to achieve their long-term goals, and a certain level of influence on the water and sanitation sector, is a prerequisite to become a collaborative organization.

WaterAid Bangladesh will work through national facilitators to identify and support relevant organizations locally. Attached please find the relevant documents for your kind understanding and support for nomination and application.

For any clarification, please write me or give me a call.

Good luck!

Kind regards,


Zahidul Islam Mamun
Programme Manager
WaterAid Bangladesh
House 97/B, Road 25, Block A, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
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Bangladesh Urban Forum is an excellent platform for coming up with ideas for an urban Bangladesh. We would welcome the forum and it's members to apply for Eart CAre Awards.

The Earth Care Awards (ECA) have been announced for the year 2016 and the application process has started. The 7th edition of the awards is open to SAARC countries :  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka recognizing the climate change mitigation and adaptation actions  by communities, entrepreneurs, innovators, large scale industries, and urban local bodies.

The ECA is now into its 7th edition of its successful journey that started in 2008. Since then ECA has gained wide spread recognition amongst the industries, NGOs, CBOs, and government institutes. The Earth Care Awards provides a platform to foster regional cooperation and support in terms of knowledge and technology transfer in the SAARC region. The award recognizes, verifies, and promotes the replicable initiatives and interventions on the greenhouse gasses (GHG) emission reduction, natural resource conservation, energy efficiency improvement, development and promotion of innovative eco-friendly alternatives across various sectors of development.

The awards are given for the following categories:

  • Community based mitigation and adaptation in water resources, agriculture, forestry and other land use
  • Innovations for climate protection,
  • GHG mitigation in Large Enterprises
  • Leadership in Urban Climate Action.

ECA is a joint initiative between JSW & the Times of India. The awards are technically supported by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), and our outreach partner is Technology, Education, Research and Rehabilitation for the Environment (TERRE) Policy centre.

We would like to invite you to submit an application of your project, product or service which reflects activities in line with the category focus.

For more information, visit:

In case of any query feel free to write or call us.

Thanks and Regards

Nidhi Sandilya
Programme Officer
Sustainable Business and Climate Change
Centre of Environment Education- Ahmedabad
Phone no - 79-26844820


Dear Colleagues,

You are aware that Land Housing and Services cluster of Bangladesh Urban Forum committed to prepare an inventory of institutions, organizations and agencies (Private, Public, NGO, INGO, Academics, etc.) engaged in providing services towards land tenure, housing and basic facilities (water, sanitation, health, education, etc.) and livelihood including research and studies.

In the last meeting of the Cluster held on 29th February 2016 at the World Bank Office, it was agreed t​o​ circulate a template to all relevant and potential institutions, organization and agencies for collecting the data by 15th of March 201​6.

​A chair of the cluster, ​I would therefore like to request you to submit the pertinent information (as far as possible) as per the attached template to the undersigned by 15th of March 2016.

Please consider this as URGNT as we like to prepare a presentation on potential strengths/capacities of our members in addressing the critical issues of the urban poor in the 2nd National Bangladesh Urban Forum event

Feel free to call for any further information.​

Thank you for your kind cooperation and support.​

Download: Inventory of stakeholders engaged in urban poor communities

Md. Akhtaruzzaman
UN Habitat Programme Manager and
Representative in Bangladesh​ and Chair, LHS Cluster of BUF​
82 Segun Bagicha, 5th Floor Room # 513
Urban Development Directorate (UDD)
Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Contact: + 88-0171 4066 289
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Dear Members of Land Housing and Services Cluster,

On behalf of the Land, Housing and Services Cluster, I like to invite you to attend the 3rd meeting on 29th February 2016 at World Bank Office, Agargaon at 3 pm. Our co chair Mr. Chris Pablo has kindly agreed to host the meeting at WB Venue. The tentative agenda is as below:

  1. Updated status of Land Housing and Services Cluster to be presented by Chair
  2. Updated status of Country Paper on Habitat III, to be presented by Chair
  3. Way forward/ Any other business

It will be highly appreciated if you kindly confirm your participation by 25th of February 2016 by mail or over phone 01714066289 to organize logistics.

Thanks to Chris, The World Bank for hosting the meeting.

Best regards.

Md. Akhtaruzzaman
UN Habitat Programme Manager and
Representative in Bangladesh
82 Segun Bagicha, 5th Floor Room # 513
Urban Development Directorate (UDD)
Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Contact: + 88-0171 4066 289
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Bangladesh Institute of Planners BIP

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Dear Development Colleague,

Greetings from Education and Development Foundation – Educo!

It is our pleasure to share our accountability report with you. Which is has been produced to strengthen our core commitments to accountability. So, please find attached herewith the Accountability Report of Educo.

We, as an organization, are committed to fostering a culture of accountability.


Best Regards

Officer, Institutional Relations
House # 504, Road # 34, DOHS (New), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1206
Tel: (0088) (02) 8816367, 8813246, 8837885,
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Download Accountability Report 2014

Download Accountability Report 2014 Executive Summary

Following up on the signing of Updated Activity Plan 2015-16 on urban statistics and urban poverty between PPRC and BBS, the survey on Chittagong city was launched at a simple ceremony at the office of Joint Director, Divisional Statistical Office at Agrabad, Chittagong on the morning of Wednesday, 9 December, 2015. It may be noted that The Urban Statistics and Urban Poverty Project, supported by a grant from The World Bank is being implemented by PPRC in partnership with BBS through an agreement signed by PPRC with the Finance Division. Organization of the event was also facilitated by the Chittagong Research Initiative (CRi), the sister organization of PPRC based in the port city. Eminent Chittagong-based economist and chairman of Forum for Planned Chittagong Professor Sekandar Khan was present as the Special Guest. Mr. Emdadul Haque, Joint Director, BBS presided over the session. Mr. Wahed, BBS representative of Cox’s Bazar district, Mr. Harunur Rashid of Chittagong district BBS office and a large number of other BBS officials were also present.

The purpose of the session was motivational orientation for the 64 locally-based household data registrars who will undertake the task of household listing in the sample PSUs. All of these data registrars are females living in the locality who are called upon to provide part-time services for various BBS surveys. It may also be noted that BBS has established a countrywide integrated multi-purpose sample (IMPS) of PSUs from which the samples for the PPRC urban surveys will be drawn. Chittagong city has 64 IMPS PSUs from which 22 households will be randomly chosen for a total sample of 1408 households.  Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, PPRC explained the background to the project and impressed upon all the importance of accuracy and quality in the data collection process particularly in the context of the adoption of a national strategy for development of statistics (NSDS). Dr. Rahman moderated a lively question-answer session. Following the household listing and the finalization of household sample, PPRC field teams will execute the survey for which questionnaire and training stages have already been completed. The entire data-collection phase is expected to be completed within 25 December, 2015.

Dear Sir/Madam,

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, is offering for Spring 2016 intake into Masters in Development Management and Practices (MDMP) and Master of Development Studies (MDS).

Application Deadline: 15 December 2015
Admission Test: 18 December 2015

Link for online application:


Brochure MDMP: Download
brochure MDS: Download
MDP Admission Dateline: Download
MDS Admission Dateline: Download

Course brochures and admission announcements are attached herewith. We will be grateful if you could kindly forward the mail and attached documents to those who may be interested in our programmes.

Thanking you for your kind support and valuable time.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

With regards,

Ekram Hossain
0171 306 5023
Ekram Hossain
Senior Manager - Communications
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)
[Formerly, Institute of Governance Studies and BRAC Development Institute
BRAC University

SK Centre, GP, Ja-4, TB Gate, Mohakhali
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

+ 88 02 5881 0306, 5881 0326, 5881 0320, 0176 668 6205
+ 88 01713 065 023

The International Society of Urban Health (ISUH) and the participants representing more than 66 countries worldwide in the 12th International Conference on Urban Health 2015 (held May 24-27 in Dhaka, Bangladesh), call for recognition of urban health as a priority for sustainable development.  It is important that the many links between the SDG health goal (#3) and urban goal (#11) be reflected in national work plans and in national and city-specific targets and indicators for implementing the post-2015 development agenda. In addition, in order to ensure the creation of urban conditions that promote health, the importance to human health of decisions on the many factors shaping the future of cities (eg built and natural environment, housing, transportation, and economic development, among others) must be acknowledged in The New Urban Agenda of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (October 2016). Thus in advance of the UN Summit to Adopt the post-2015 Development Agenda during 25-27 September 2015, The New York Academy of Medicine, The International Society for Urban Health, Bangladesh Urban Health Network and Eminence Associates for Social Development organized a meeting on Urban Health in Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges on 24 September 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, USA.

This meeting brought together stakeholders from the many disciplines and sectors affecting urban health to exchange knowledge, policies and practices that promote the health of individuals in urban areas and to consider the opportunities and challenges of the urban environment on health issues across the Sustainable Development Goals. The objectives of the meeting were to improve the shared knowledge among urbanists and health related professionals on the factors important in sustainable and healthy urbanization through discussion of experiences and best practices. Among the renowned professionals present in the meeting were Prof Jo Ivey Boufford, President, The New York Academy of Medicine, Dr. Md. Shamim Talukder, President, ISUH, Poonam Singh, Regional Director WHO South East Asia, Simon Bland, Director, New York Liaison Office, UNAIDS , Joshua Glasser, Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of International Health & Biodefense, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, United States Department of State, Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education, Penn Institute and Chair, World Urban Campaign , Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief, Communications and Outreach Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA, Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Heart Federation, Prof Dr. A F M Ruhal Haque, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh, Mr. Abdul Malek, Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives and Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

The Key Note Paper presented by Dr. Poonam Singh focused on prioritizing urban health in the sustainable development goals. She added rapid urbanization has implication for inequities with lesser access to affordable services by the slum dwellers which leads to higher out of pocket expenditure. This region accounts for the largest amount of out of pocket expenditure even though the constitution of many of these countries mentions free health care. Thus it is important to make access to health services and facilities which will lead to healthy lifestyle. She also put up the example of the community clinic services of Bangladesh as a success story where the community participation ensures providing basic services to the people. She added this is the century for mayors and local government and they can play an important participatory role for strengthening participatory governance. Mr. Abdul Malek, Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives mentioned that proactive approach to urban health will provide opportunities for both the public and private sector while working to mould our growing cities into sustainable, inclusive and healthy environments.  Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education, Penn Institute and Chair, World Urban Campaign mentioned that this is a very important time for the UN and development organizations and member states including the civil society organizations for making the most important decisions for the next 15 years. Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief, Communications and Outreach Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA mentioned that everything in the new agenda for the SDG is an urban challenge. He further added there needs strong advocacy for the inclusion of the urban health agenda into the Habitat III and also advocate through the relevant stakeholders to the high level political forum for including the urban health agendas since this forum would be a long term high stake forum for implementing the SDGs.H.E. Khandker  Mosharraf   Hossain, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives mentioned that the rapid urbanization placed significant pressure on health services and facilities in urban areas. Honorable Minister added that Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives in partnership with Eminence and United Nations University, Malaysia will be developing an Institute for Urban Development in Bangladesh which will contribute through research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge about key human health and development issues to resolve the pressing global problems and address the sustainable development goals.