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What are the root causes of the Build-Neglect-Rebuild (BNR) cycle? What can be learnt from experiences and what steps have to be taken to break this stubborn cycle? Focusing on Bangladesh, expert speakers will share insights on several relevant topics. Join us on 2 April 2024 for the Bangladesh Water Platform Meeting in The Hague!

Together we will delve deeper into the root causes, discuss experiences and lessons learnt on addressing this stubborn challenge, and uncover how to get operation and maintenance higher on the agenda for sustainable assets. Moreover, we aim to explore opportunities for collaboration, leveraging the extensive experience many of you have gained working in Bangladesh.

When and where

Location: New Babylon, The Hague
Walk-in is at 09:30 till 10:00. The meeting is from 10:00 till 12:00, followed by a networking lunch from 12:00 till 13:00.

The programme

Neeltje Kielen (Netherlands Embassy Bangladesh) and Michiel Slotema (RVO) will explain why Partners for Water Bangladesh will focus its attention on asset management in the coming years.

David Mornout (MetaMeta) will share recent findings from a root cause analysis and an agenda setting initiative that was carried out with BUET in Bangladesh.

We then invite you to share your own expertise and insights and take part in three rounds of dialogues with professionals:

  • Mathijs van Ledden (World Bank) and Bassel Younan (Invest International) on asset management financing;
  • Assela Pathirana (IHE Delft) on root causes and knowledge generation, and
  • Feroz Islam (WUR and former BWDB colleague) and Melvin van der Veen (Both Ends) on social inclusion and institutionalisation.

By sharing experiences, discussing systemic shortcomings, as well as lessons and success factors, we aim to make meaningful progress in tackling this stubborn BNR cycle.

Partners for Water Programme

The platform meeting is organised by the Partners for Water programme. Partners for Water is a programme of the Dutch Government that works on water security worldwide. This is accomplished through long-term cooperation between local partners and the Dutch water sector. The programme promotes knowledge sharing, innovations and an integrated approach. This way it creates a positive impact in the field of water security for people, nature and biodiversity.