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WASH4UrbanPoor Project

WASH4UrbanPoor Project

Bangladesh faces a number of barriers to universal WASH coverage, including reaching hard to reach areas such as excluded or marginalized groups like urban slums and pavement dwellers. The impact of climate change and natural disasters of increased magnitude and frequency continue to challenge existing WASH technology. Hygiene practice is worryingly low across a number of indicators. Legally, slum dwellers do not have land tenure rights which makes them vulnerable to frequent forced evictions and the destruction of any existing infrastructure which the community has invested in. Environmental health conditions are poor, and almost half of all slum households dispose of garbage in open space, compared with a quarter in non-slum areas. Slums are generally located in low-lying areas that are unsuitable for housing and are flooded each year during the rainy season. There is usually no network for the disposal, collection and treatment of human sludge from city and municipality authorities, and disposal of human excreta in open spaces such as vacant land, road sides, water bodies and drains are common. Hanging latrines, installed by the banks of ponds, canals and in low-lying areas, are also a typical sight, and similar to open defecation in the immediate contamination of the environment by human excreta.Unpredictable and extreme changes in the weather add to their vulnerability. Khulna city in southwest Bangladesh, has been ranked one of the 15 most vulnerable cities to climate change.In relation to this, WASH4UrbanPoor Project is implemented in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) by Nabolok during the time period of April 2018 to December 2022. This project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and supported by WaterAid. This project is relevant to address the challenges and requirements for the poorer segment of the population in Khulna City Corporation (KCC).

 Goals of this project

Improved environmental health and resilience of WASH for deprived urban poor living in slums and low-income settlements.


  1. WASH deprivation reduced among target communities through increased WASH awareness and access to climate resilient WASH services
  2. Local governance in pro-poor WASH service delivery and coordination with other services in target cities and towns improved.
  3. WASH policies and strategies improved in favor of urban poor through evidence and advocacy

 Beneficiary Coverage

Water: 20,000, Sanitation: 20,000, Hygiene: 38,000

Major Interventions:

Activity Target Achievement
Baseline Survey 01 01
Foundation Training and Operation Planning Workshop 01 01
Project Launching Workshop 01 01
Slum Selection 30 30
CBO formation and Planning 30 30
Video Documentation 01 01
CSA 30 30
Training on Hygiene Promotion 01 01
Training on mPMIS 01 01


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