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TitleLearning from experience : lessons from implementing water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities in the coastal belt of Bangladesh
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPendley, CJ, Ahmad, AJMinhaj Udd
Pagination27 p. : fig., photogr.
Date Published2009-07-01
PublisherRoyal Danish Embassy, Bangladesh
Place PublishedDhaka, Bangladesh
Keywordsbangladesh, evaluation, health education, hygiene, institutional aspects, latrines, piped distribution, projects, rural areas, sanitation, sdiasi, sdiman, small towns, tube wells, water supply

This document describes the key lessons learned from the large Coastal Belt Project, which was supported by Danida and the Government of Bangladesh during 1997-2009. The document highlights the processes, achievements and challenges of providing more than 12 years of extensive assistance to rural and small towns water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. During the years the project gradually changed its implementation modalities towards a high degree of alignment with national institutions and systems, including use of national planning and budgeting processes and public procurement rules.
The Project was largely successful in achieving its physical targets of more than 30,000 arsenic-free deep hand tube wells (DHTWs) and promoting construction of over 300,000 household latrines, construction of piped water supply in core areas of nine pourashavas, albeit with delays and additional costs.The sustainability of the tube wells and household latrines in rural areas is seen as high. Additional management and technical support is required to ensure the long-term sustainability of piped water supplies in pourashavas and mini-piped systems in rural areas, as well as public toilets and school latrines.The Project’s efforts to assist pourashavas to improve solid waste management and drainage was less than successful. The situation in pourashavas in these areas remains unsatisfactory. There are serious difficulties locating sanitary dumping sites, which pose a potentially serious environmental hazard.
The Project was implemented as a bilaterally-executed project. This gives rise to inherent differences resulting from parallel management structures, multiple sets of roles and rules and differing personal and institutional loyalties. During its long life, the Project produced a wealth of documentation; manuals, guidelines, training and IEC/BCC materials. This material constitutes an important part of the Project’s contribution to the sector.

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