A Participatory Assessment for Climate-Induced WASH Vulnerabilities in Bangladesh

SLH Learning Briefs 16
July 2023

This Learning Brief presents work undertaken by WaterAid Bangladesh and Rupantar in collaboration with the Sanitation Learning Hub (SLH), at the Institute of Development Studies, and the University of Technology Sydney – Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF).

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

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


  • Effective participation to strengthen locally-led decision-making
  • Prioritise gender, equity and social inclusion in programming
  • Financial support mechanisms
  • Identify and build on good practices
  • Increased cross-sectoral coordination

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
RegionSouth Asia
ThemesChallenging contexts, Climate change, Climate finance, Leave no one behind, Mitigation, Vulnerability, resilience and adaptation
ApproachesLearning approaches

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


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