Bangladesh: Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

Sovereign Project | 42176-012 Status: Closed

Project Details

Project Officer
Vogl, Alexandra South Asia Department Request for information
  • Bangladesh
  • Technical Assistance
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Urban Water Supply and Sanitation
Project Number 42176-012
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8320-BAN: Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Urban Water Supply and Sanitation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Establishment of a Regulatory Commission was prioritized during TA implementation based on a request from the government. The draft Bill was finalized and is going through the approval process.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Drafts of financial management regulation, service standards and key performance indicators, tariff-setting and review methodologies, customer service regulation, and finance and operating reporting requirements prepared and finalized.

2. Report formats prepared and finalized.

3. Draft water supply and sanitation regulatory commission bill deliberated and discussed.

4. Capacity building program undertaken.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Preliminary discussion was held with the PSU and LGD in developing the concept. The preliminary concept was explained at the LCG meeting for WSS held on 2 October 2012, which was well received by the participants. Further discussions will be held at the fact-finding with relevant government departments, major development partners including DANIDA, and other key stakeholders of the WSS sector.
During Project Implementation

A national steering committee (NSC) was established to monitor TA implementation. The NSC was chaired by the secretary of LGD and consisted of high-level representatives from the Planning Commission, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), DPHE, Economic Relations Division, LGD, Local Government Engineering Department, Municipal Association of Bangladesh, and PSU. Consultation workshops and meetings with major water utilities were held to seek their inputs in the drafts and disseminate the final documents. ADB undertook the TA review in collaboration with the EA, at least twice a year during the implementation.

The draft Regulatory Commission Bill went through public comment process and the latest draft was discussed. Final round of comments were solicited from stakeholders thru workshops, meetings, and interviews. A training for key officials of Water Supply and Sanitation service providers, planning commission officials, and Policy Support Unit (PSU) officials was carried out to share knowledge about the regulatory framework designed.

All TA activities have been completed. Final Report has been submitted.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services International expertise (15 person-months) will be obtained in the areas of financial regulation and water sector policy reform. National consultants (41 person-months) will have expertise in the fields of water sector policy reform, financial regulation, institutional development, and legal issues. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A team of consultants will be recruited through a firm under one package using the quality- and cost-based method of selection with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10. This ratio is justified due to the high level of expertise and quality required in the assignment. A simplified technical proposal will be used. In addition to the team, a few individual consultants may be engaged to address specific needs of the TA.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Vogl, Alexandra
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Policy Support Unit, Local Government Division
Mr. Kazi Abdul Noor, Project Director (Joint Secretary)
Policy Support Unit, DPHE Building (Ground Floor), 14, Shaheed Capt. Mansur Ali Sharani, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

TA 8320-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2013 03 Jun 2013 03 Jun 2013 30 Jun 2015 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 28 Jan 2013 661,555.05

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