ITN-BUET made its presence in the Global South Academic Conclave on WASH and Climate Linkages 2024. The conclave was organized by the Center for Water and Sanitation, CRDF, in collaboration with the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The event was held on 2nd – 4th February, 2024 at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. The conclave focused on cross-learning across countries and regions about the emerging recognition of linkages between climate change and WASH. A better understanding of these links is critical for making WASH services climate resilient.

ITN-BUET’s involvement in the conclave includes :

Poster Presentation:

ITN-BUET presented a poster titled “Breaking Barriers: Faridpur Municipality’s Transformative Role in Advancing Women’s Empowerment through City-wide Inclusive Sanitation.” This poster showcased the commendable efforts of Faridpur Municipality in promoting women’s empowerment and participation by integrating gender-inclusive WASH services and facilitating women’s involvement in decision-making processes. ITN-BUET facilitated the participation of a representative of the Municipality (MD. Shamsul Alam, Executive Engineer, Faridpur Municipality) to the conclave and in the presentation of Faridpur Municipalities Initiatives. The poster received recognition, winning the best poster award in the “social inclusion” category.

Partner Event on Capacity Building and SDG 6:

ITN-BUET organized a partner event in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) on the “Importance of Capacity Building in Achieving SDG 6 – Focusing on Sanitation Sector.” The session featured keynote presentations by Suresh Kumar Rohilla from IWA, Prof. Dr. Tanvir Ahmed from BUET, and Professor Srinivas Chary from ASCI, highlighting the significance of capacity building in promoting inclusive urban sanitation and advancing SDG 6. A panel discussion, moderated by Tazrina Habib Ananya from ITN-BUET, further explored key themes such as integration, standardization, and collaboration in capacity-building efforts.


Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Programme Lead, IWA Secretariat

Prof. Dr. Tanvir Ahmed, Professor, Civil Engineering Department, BUET & Director, ITN-BUET

Professor Srinivas Chary, Director of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)


Prof Thammarat, AIT Bangkok

K V Santosh Raghvan, Senior Lead, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

Manvita Baradi, Founder and Director, Urban Management Centre, Ahmedabad, India

P.K Mohopatra, Engineer in Chief, Odisha W&S Board

Contribution to Panel Discussion on Emerging Research Areas :

Prof. Dr. Tanvir Ahmed, Director of ITN-BUET, participated as a distinguished panelist in the discussion on “Emerging Research Areas,” sharing valuable insights into potential research directions in the WASH and climate change domain.

ITN-BUET’s engagement at the conclave underscored its commitment to addressing pressing issues at the intersection of WASH, climate change, and sustainable development.

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