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Published on: 08/07/2013

Kick-off meeting SWIBANGLA with staff from BRAC WASH, Deltares, UNESCO-IHE and CEGIS. (IRC/Ingeborg Krukkert)

SWIBANGLA is the name of one the winning projects tendered by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre for the BRAC WASH II programme. SWIBANGLA stands for managing saltwater intrusion impacts in Bangladesh and was kicked-off formally at the BRAC head office in Dhaka on Sunday 7 July, 2013.

The winning consortium is lead by Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure based in The Netherlands. The two other partners in the SWIBANGLA Consortium are the UNESCO-IHE Insititue for Water Education, also based in The Netherlands and the CEGIS Centre for Environmental and Geographic Services in Bangladesh. After preparatory meetings with the lead consortium and content focal persons of BRAC and IRC - which took place online - the project has now formally started with a face to face meeting.

The kick-off meeting also marks the start of a fact-finding mission, the first of three scheduled project missions to Bangladesh (the other two will be on Training and Dissemination). The project will run until 31st of July 2014 with a budget of € 120,000 (US$ 154,000), funded by the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for BRAC WASH.

DGIS has made € 1.5 million (US$ 1.9 million) available for six innovative research projects, tendered to consortia of leading European, Bangladeshi and international research organisations. Besides saltwater intrusion, the five other topics are: sanitation in areas with high groundwater tables, secondary sludge treatment, low-cost water supply technologies, monitoring and pit latrine sludge processing.


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