BRAC WASH Programmes
BRAC in Bangladesh started its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in 2006 in partnership with the Government. The programme provides sustainable and integrated WASH services to over 37 million people in the rural areas and aims to break the contamination cycle of unsanitary latrines, contaminated water and unsafe hygiene practices, as well as ensure sustainability and scaling-up of WASH services. IRC has provided support on design, capacity building and implementation of the programme, which is carried out with financial support of the Dutch Government, DFID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The BRAC WASH programme in Bangladesh is to conduct detailed planning to convert faecal matter from millions of pit latrines into commercially viable fertiliser, biogas and electricity. Speaking in the lead up to World Toilet Day (19 November), Babar Kabir, Director of the BRAC WASH programme, warned that Bangladesh's sanitation successes will be put at risk if they fail to meet the challenge of emptying pit latrines safely and allow contaminated sludge to pollute ground water .
This video highlights the activities and achievements of the BRAC WASH programme in Bangladesh, which started in 2007. There are interviews with members of Village WASH Committees, a female sanitation centre entrepreneur, and school WASH programme workers and students. It shows how monitoring data is collected using the Qualitative Information System (QIS) and Sensemaker tools, and ongoing research on faecal sludge management and reuse. The video ends with graphs illustrating the scale of the programme in terms of growth in coverage of sanitation, safe water supply, hygiene education and school sanitation between 2007 and 2012.
BRAC WASH II is the second phase of the WASH programme. It aims for a sustained change in personal/family hygiene, sanitation and water safety. The programme focuses on sustainably improved household and school sanitation and hygiene practices, and safe drinking water use. The BRAC WASH II programme is jointly funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN)/DGIS, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). IRC provides targeted inputs BRAC to strengthen the design, methods and capacities for achieving a measurable leap in WASH in Bangladesh.
As part of the BRAC WASH II programme, EUR 1.5 million will be used for innovative research, tendered to consortia of leading European and Bangladeshi research organisations. The action research will focus on six long outstanding issues:
- Low-cost sanitation technologies for areas with high groundwater tables
- Secondary treatment options for faecal sludge
- Low-cost water supply technologies
- Geo-referenced database for monitoring
- Menstrual hygiene management
- Saline intrusion
The action research will be executed in close collaboration with the BRAC WASH II programme to ensure that the results of successful action research will be quickly fed back into the BRAC WASH programme for application at scale. In addition, the action research will be undertaken in consultation with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.
Read the latest opinions, blog posts, interviews, field stories and more from BRAC and IRC staff regarding WASH services in South Asia.
As part of the BRAC WASH II programme, € 1.5 million is funded by DGIS to be used for innovative research, tendered to consortia of leading European, Bangladeshi and international research organisations. This page provides background information and updates from the action research projects.