In just over five decades since its independence, Bangladesh has made great strides in its economic and social development. All against the backdrop of a nation especially vulnerable to various shocks and stresses including those caused by climate change, rapid urbanization and migration patterns.
A transformative journey
Take a look at how Bangladesh is making resilience, sustainability and inclusion the cornerstones of its future.
Now, Bangladesh has embarked on a transformative journey toward building inclusive, gender-equal, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to sustain and further their development gains – for generations to come.
For new or existing infrastructure to deliver services and support resilience for the community, it needs to be driven by a holistic strategy that prioritizes resilience outcomes. An Asset Management framework for infrastructure resilience provides exactly that – an opportunity for the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to transform the way it delivers resilience through its assets.
UNOPS is working closely with LGED, Bangladesh to strengthen its planning, technical and operational capacities and deliver resilient and sustainable infrastructure through an overarching asset management system.
It is key that we understand the importance of resilient infrastructure, enhance our knowledge and skills to build it and achieve resilience through infrastructure asset management. That is what this programme is all about.
UNOPS developed a series of professional development programmes geared towards building the capacity of current and future engineers. By developing a pool of trainers – through online knowledge sessions, workshops and certifications – the government of Bangladesh together with UNOPS helps ensure that knowledge on asset management principles can be retained and shared across generations of engineers.
This knowledge will live longer than the project. We want it to become institutionalized in all our government institutions and benefit as many people as possible.
Another Senior Assistant Engineer at LGED Farhana Lima adds, “I believe that this knowledge will help many organizations and government departments to efficiently manage their asset portfolio, minimize and mitigate risk to build a stronger and resilient Bangladesh.”
More about Bangladesh’s National Resilience Programme (NRP)
Jointly funded by the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Bangladesh, the programme is a unique partnership between four ministries of the government of Bangladesh and three United Nations (UN) agencies – UNDP, UN Women and UNOPS. It aims to sustain the resilience of human and economic development in Bangladesh through inclusive, gender-responsive and risk-informed development.
The NRP consists of four subprojects. Each subproject is being implemented by one government partner and one UN agency. UNOPS is working with LGED of Bangladesh under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. UNOPS is providing advisory support to LGED to embed resilience and gender elements into the whole lifecycle of infrastructure through an overarching asset management system.