SLH Learning Brief 16

A Participatory Assessment for Climate-Induced WASH Vulnerabilities in Bangladesh

Published on 31 July 2023

This SLH Learning Brief is intended to provide inspiration to practitioners and WASH experts on how to adapt existing vulnerability assessment tools to integrate climate considerations.

A sanitation-focused climate lens was added to existing ward vulnerability assessment tools due to the increasing WASH-related climate impacts in the study site. The aim was to understand climate induced impacts on WASH and feed this into programmatic guidance through the preparation of locally-led comprehensive ward development plans.

This study engaged several stakeholders including climate vulnerable populations, development practitioners, researchers, and local government across Krishnanagar Union under Sathkhira subdistrict, to create evidence-based approaches to address climate induced WASH vulnerabilities in coastal Southwest Bangladesh.

This research sought to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the current status of WASH facilities in nine wards across in rural southwest Bangladesh?
  2. How are climatic conditions impacting water, sanitation and hygiene practices?
  3. What actions can be undertaken by various stakeholders to address climate induced WASH problems?

Cite this publication

Nuzhat, S.; Iyer, R.; Qader, A.I.A. and Manzoor S.M.A. (2023) ‘A Participatory Assessment for Climate-Induced WASH Vulnerabilities in Bangladesh’, SLH Learning Brief 16, The Sanitation Learning Hub, Brighton: IDS DOI: 10.19088/SLH.2023.013


Ruhil Iyer

Research Officer

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