The Synergies and Inter-Linkages within the Water-Food/Nutrition-Energy Nexus in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh

This project is an integrated multi-sector study to consider synergies and inter-linkages within the Water-Food/Nutrition-Energy nexus in Cox’s Bazar District.

At the heart of the nexus approach is a strong understanding of the interdependencies among these three systems and how to ensure food/nutrition, water and energy and environmental security for a growing population.

The project will identify tradeoffs and synergies of water, energy, and food/nutrition and ecosystems, internalise social and environmental impacts, and guide the development of cross-sectorial policies. It will develop options for improved sustainable access to basic services, make recommendations for wise infrastructure and systems investment, and begin to bridge the humanitarian-development divide in Cox’s Bazar district. 

The outcomes of the study will inform government, humanitarian actors and development actors to revise development (SDG) plans and wisely invest the funds raised in infrastructure and systems, which will result in sustainable cost efficient, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable services for the years to come. As such, the outcomes of the study will inform, any future revisions of the regional development plans for Cox Bazaar, and provide guidance for development donors and development banks planning investments into the area in addition to the overall Humanitarian Joint Response Plan (JRP) and ISCG sector strategies.

This project is a partnership of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Development Research Initiative (DRI) and icddr,b in Bangladesh and Lewis Sida – Honorary Associate and Co-Director of the Humanitarian Learning Centre at IDS.

Project details

start date
1 November 2019
end date
1 May 2020
£211 299


About this project

Programmes and centres
Humanitarian Learning Centre


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Jeremy Allouche

Professorial Fellow

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Lewis Sida

Co-Director of the Humanitarian Learning Centre

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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

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Rajith Lakshman

Research Fellow

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Roz Price

Research Officer

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Ruby Utting

Senior Project Support Officer

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Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

Lewis Sida