Modernising urban sanitation in Southern Bangladesh (SNV)
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Modernising urban sanitation in Southern Bangladesh (SNV) 01 May 2014 11:56 #8402

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With funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), SNV Bangladesh and Khulna City Corporation (KCC) proudly launched the “Demonstration of pro-poor market- based solutions for faecal sludge management in urban centres of Southern Bangladesh” project on March 31, 2014.

For details:

Engr.Md.Sahidul Islam
Advisor, WASH
SNV-Netherlands Development Organization
Khulna, Bangladesh
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Re: Modernising urban sanitation in Southern Bangladesh (SNV) 02 May 2014 16:22 #8426

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This new project in Bangladesh intrigued me, so I did some more queries in the background, and here is what I found out with the help of Sahidul and Roshan Shrestha:

Title of grant:
Demonstration of pro-poor market-based solutions for fecal sludge management in urban centers of Southern Bangladesh

  • Name of lead organization: SNV Netherlands Development Organization (grantee is SNV USA)
  • Primary contact at lead organization: Mr. Neil Ghosh; Engr. Md. Sahidul Islam (who posted above) is working as a City Coordinator. At present, his main role is to coordinate with the adivisors including project leader of their project and the partners and stakeholders.
  • Grantee location: Khulna City Corporation, Bangladesh

Short description of the project:
This project will develop, test and demonstrate city-wide sanitation service delivery models for the two main types of urban centers in Bangladesh (city corporations and pourashavas, thereby directly improving environmental health and well-being of the population, as well as demonstrating to sector stakeholders:
  • how integrating FSM business models contributes to achieving city wide service delivery faster
  • which roles the private sector can play in FSM and how they can be supported,
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of new technology options (resulting from other BMGF work),
  • how to ensure that these sanitation solutions are inclusive, benefitting poor households and workers, and not only wealthier neighborhoods

The project will be a success if city-wide, pro-poor, accountable, safe and sustainable fecal sludge management services are demonstrated for the urban context in Bangladesh, showing improvement in the living environment and contributing to the health and well-being of the urban population.

1. Consumer behavior change and demand creation for services
2. Development of market-based solutions for improved sanitation and sludge emptying services
3. Strengthening of sanitation governance and enabling environment for services
4. Improved treatment, disposal and re-use of sludge
5. Sector learning around fecal sludge management and city-wide service delivery

  • Start and end date: January 2014 to December 2017 (31 March 2014 the project was launched formally)
  • Grant size: US$ 2,898,989 (see here in BMGF database: and DFID is also contributing in this project, therefore size of this project is approx. US$ 5 million.

Research or implementation partners:
KCC (Khulna City Corporation), KWASA (Khulna Water and Sewerage Authority), KUET (Khulna University of Engineering and Technology), KU (Khulna University), WAB (WaterAid Bangladesh)

Links, further readings – results to date:

Current state of affairs; biggest successes so far; main challenges / frustration: Just started

Following were the reasons for selecting Khulna:
  1. Suggested by Department of Public Health Engineering
  2. Khulna was one of the city for FSM landscaping, that was carried out in 2011 (report available here:;type=2&id=1664)
  3. Khulna city is fully based on non-sewer sanitation system
  4. The city is comparatively small compared to large city like Dhaka
  5. It is located in coastal belt, sludge management is critical.

Any questions about this project? Please don't hesitate to put them into this thread.

Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
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Re: Modernising urban sanitation in Southern Bangladesh (SNV) 03 May 2014 06:47 #8429

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Dear Sahidul

The project on FSM in Southern Bangladesh is important not only for this country,it may help provide useful information to professionals and local governments in other developing countries to overcome the problem of FSM in a sustainable way. The objectives of the project includes Improved treatment,disposal and reuse of sludge. I am interested to know the sustainable treatment technology of FSM being used under the project for its safe reuse or disposal. Kindly provide detail information.
Pawan Jha
Foundation for Environment and Sanitation
Mahavir Enclave
New Delhi 110045, India

Re: Modernising urban sanitation in Southern Bangladesh (SNV) 13 May 2014 15:43 #8606

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We have just started our project and baseline survey is ongoing.
Engr.Md.Sahidul Islam
Advisor, WASH
SNV-Netherlands Development Organization
Khulna, Bangladesh
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