1st Conference of BUF

Organizers and Partners






Governmet of Bangladesh

  • Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives
  • Ministry of Housing & Public Works
  • Local Government Engineering Department
  • Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund
  • Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha
  • Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme II
  • Department of Public Health Engineering
  • Dhaka City Corporation
  • Dhaka Metropolitan Police
  • Dhaka Transport Coordination Board
  • Economic Relations Division
  • Housing & Building Research Institute
  • Municipal Services Project - Phase 2
  • National Housing Authority
  • National Institute of Local Government
  • Planning Commission
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Public Works Deparment
  • Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK)
  • Urban Governance & Infrasture Improvement Project II
  • Secondary Towns Integrated Flood Protection Project II
  • Urban Development Directorate
  • Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction


International Partners

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
  • Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Urban Sector Local Consultative Group
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development
  • United Nations Children's Fund
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • World Bank

National Partners

  • Ain o Salish Kendro
  • Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Association of Women for Self-Empowerment
  • Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association
  • Bangladesh Institute of Planners
  • Bangladesh Mahila Parishad
  • Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon
  • BRAC
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
  • Centre for Urban Studies
  • Coalition for the Urban Poor
  • Eminence
  • Engender Health
  • FHI360 Bangladesh
  • Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  • Initiative for Peoples Development
  • Institute of Engineers Bangladesh
  • JAAGO Foundation
  • Marie Stopes
  • Municipal Association Bangladesh
  • Nagar Daridro Bastibasir Unnayan Sangstha
  • North South University
  • Participatory Development Action Program
  • Plan Bangladesh
  • Radda MCH-FP Centre
  • Real Estate & Housing Association of Bangladesh
  • Rural Health & Development Society
  • Shelter for the Urban Poor
  • Shujon
  • Smiling Sun Franchise Program
  • WaterAid Bangladesh
  • Waste Concern


National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee, the highest level advisory body for the BUF, will be convened by the Hon’ble Minister for LGRDC and co-chaired by the Hon’ble State Minister for MoHPW. This body will provide the BUF’s governance structure as an institution and its mandate, as well as policy guidelines as necessary. The National Steering Committee will ensure coordination with GoB agencies, local urban authorities, and urban sector stakeholders on policy developments and urban sector development activities.

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee was formalized by the Local Government Division on 18th August 2011 through LGD Office Order It is chaired by the Hon’ble Secretary of LGD and co-chaired by the Hon’ble Secretary of MoHPW. The Committee provides the governance and has a mandate for overseeing and guiding the preparation and organization of BUF events. The Committee ensures coordination with relevant GoB agencies, municipalities and urban sector stakeholders that will participate in the management of the future BUF events. The Organizing Committee will also guide the Secretariat, providing direction while the National Advisory Board is yet to be formalized. Its members are listed below:


Chief Executive Officer, DCC Joint Secretary (Development), LGD
Director General, PMO Chief Engineer, LGED
Chief Engineer, DPHE Chairman, Rajuk
Chairman, NHA Commissioner, Dhaka Metropolitan Police
Director, Urban Development Directorate Deputy Secretary (Poura), LGD
Representative of Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund Representative of Planning Commission
Representative of Economic Relations Department Professor Nazrul Islam, Eminent urban researcher
Country Director, UNDP President of Municipal Association of Bangladesh
Representative, GIZ Representative of FBCCI
Representative, ADB/World Bank President of Bangladesh Institute of Planners
President of REHAB President of Institute of Architects
President of Bangladesh Asiatic Society Representative of Center of Urban Studies
President of Engineers Institution of Bangladesh Representative of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association
Representative of BUET Representative of Coalition for the Urban Poor
Representative of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon Representative of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad
Representative of Nagar Daridro Bastibasider Sangthaton (NDBUS) Secretariat


The Secretariat is responsible to the Organizing Committee for ensuring an effective and timely implementation of the BUF, particularly initially its First Session, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders and coordinating and guiding their contributions. The Secretariat is headed by Professor Nazrul Islam, an eminent urban sector expert, who is supported by a Core Group and a team of professional staff. The Secretariat is initially hosted at UNDP on an interim basis, with funding support at the request of LGD, while transition measures to the NILG for a long-term sustainable forum setting are developed. An external private event management company will be employed to support the Secretariat and manage the venue and logistics of the First Session of the BUF.

Core Group

A Core Group will be positioned to assist the Secretariat to operationalize and implement the First Session of the BUF. Comprised of the leads of the BUF sub-committees and/or the institutions committing substantial resources to the BUF and possibly urban sector members, the Core Group will contribute to coherence, coordination and operationalization of the First Session.


Seven sub-committees manage the multiple thematic and functional arrangements of the BUF First Session. The sub-committees are chaired by members of the Organizing Committee and comprise representatives from stakeholder groups willing to participate actively in the event. The list of sub-committees is as follows:

BUF Organization Structure