Public Private Partnerships for sustainable sludge management services in Faridpur, Bangladesh

2014 - 2017 • Practical Action, DFID co-funded


To establish effective and consistent sludge management services, ensuring the city’s sustainably healthy environment and its people health.


The municipality of Faridpur have elaborated its vision for a “sustainable and safe city-wide faecal sludge management system serving all municipal residents and institutions in Faridpur municipality by 2025”, to achieve sustainable FSM component of the City Development Plan. This vision involves addressing the three systemic problems that create binding constraints on the emergence of scaled, environmentally safe, and financially sustainable private sector-led functions in the faecal sludge system. This project proposes to implement a set of activities that will further elaborate the investment needs of the municipality and support it to access investment financing, while taking initial steps to pilot, and test the economics of scale-up of solutions to the systemic problems identified.

A multi-stakeholder Steering Committee (SC) will be formed to regulate and facilitate the entire faecal sludge management service at city level. And the project will be organised in terms of a 6 month inception phase, 18 months of piloting, and 12 months of testing the economics of scaling up.

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- To establish sustainable city-wide faecal sludge management system serving all municipal residents in Faridpur municipality by 2025
- To finalise the National FSM Regulatory Framework and strengthening sectoral coordination for improved knowledge and learning exchanges

Further information

Research or implementation partners:

Center for Urban Studies (CUS), Dhaka & Faridpur Municipality in research phase as sub-grantee/partner; and Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK), International Training Network (ITN)-BUET, and Faridpur Municipality during implementation phase

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Asia & Pacific Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cities Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes International NGO Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Political processes and institutional aspects Practitioners Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Specific to one or several countries Treatment of faecal sludge UK government Urban (entire city)


Practical Action

Practical Action is a development charity that works with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives for today and generations to come. Their vision is that of a world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all.

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