With a view to meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, the use of wastewater in agriculture is now strongly promoted as a way to help communities grow more food and conserve water and nutrient resources. In Bangladesh, wastewater management is a relatively new concept.
The Wastewater, Agriculture and Sanitation for Poverty Alleviation (WASPA) in Asia project was implemented under the direct supervision of the NRC of NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka; COSI, Sri Lanka; International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), the Netherlands; and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden, funded primarily by the EU Asia Pro Eco II Programme of the European Commission.
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) programme funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) aims to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region while making a positive and sustainable contribution to development. As a part of knowledge sharing and capacity development, the NRC seeks contribution from the young Australians age 18-30 under the programme where they work to transfer their skills and gain hand-on field experience in Bangladesh.
The RCD (Resource Centre Development) programme promoted information sharing within the water sector, particularly at country level. It promoted better management and access to the wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding that existed at various levels. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre carried out the RCD Programme in over 19 countries by providing support in:
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme was an exchange programme for young WatSan sector professionals in the Netherlands and their counterparts in developing countries. It aimed at strengthening the capacities of the young professionals in generating and sharing knowledge, and also exploring their experience in the area of WatSan under different situation and with global view. The IRC managed the JPO programme in collaboration with resource centres in developing countries. Twelve JPOs participated in the programme: four from the IRC in the Netherlands and eight from the resource centres. Each of the four Dutch JPOs spent a period of 15 months at one of the resource centres, followed by a further 15 months at another. In exchange, resource centres sent their JPOs to IRC for a period of 17 months.
The NRC was actively involved with the IRC-facilitated JPO programme under which one NRC staff worked with IRC in the Netherlands for a period of 14 months while one staff of IRC worked with the NRC in Bangladesh.