The Urban Sanitation Research Initiative Bangladesh is designed to feed into the national evidence base around pro-poor urban sanitation in Bangladesh, driving policy change.

WSUP’s research partners in Bangladesh are the Centre for Water Supply and Waste Management (ITN-BUET) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).



Bangladesh is a rapidly urbanising country currently tackling a ‘second-generation’ sanitation challenge: having successfully reduced the national rate of open defecation through improving access to on-site sanitation solutions, the next big problem is how to collect, treat and safely dispose of the faecal sludge collected in facilities such as pit latrines. For example, 99% of the faecal sludge produced by Dhaka’s 16 million residents returns to the environment untreated, causing widespread public health issues.

This report gives an overview of the current urban sanitation situation in Bangladesh, and the main barriers to sector change. For information on how the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative Bangladesh aims to develop research that can help overcome these barriers, see the Initiative’s overview document.

Our partners in Bangladesh