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WASH budget for FY2022-23 falls short to address challenges of marginalised people: Experts

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Published: 20:06, 28 June 2022  
WASH budget for FY2022-23 falls short to address challenges of marginalised people: Experts

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Speakers at a discussion meeting addressed the budgetary allocations under safely managed sanitation, environment and capacity-building show a surprising decline in the WASH allocation under ADP budget FY22-23 in the proposed national budget.

They also expressed concern saying that this will slow down the country’s effort to achieve the SDGs targets by 2030.

They said the proposed budget for FY2022-23 finds an upward trend in allocation in haor and hilly regions and the spirit should be scaled up in coastal and char lands to ensure no one is left behind.

However, the speakers stressed proper attention in selecting Annual Development Programme projects and the need to reduce the WASH allocation gap across rural and hard-to-reach areas.

They also identified the current budget falls short in addressing emerging challenges in the remote areas of marginalized communities.

The conference was jointly arranged by WaterAid along with, PPRC, FANSA-BD, FSM Network, Bangladesh Water Integrity Network (BaWin), Sanitation and Water for All, End Water Poverty, MHM Platform, UNICEF and WASH Alliance International at the National Press Club, Shegunbagicha on Tuesday.

An analysis conducted by the Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC), in collaboration with WaterAid, found that the WASH ADP allocation increased by 5.44 percent compared to an overall ADP increase of 7.5 percent.

The total WASH Budget in the ADP budget in the proposed budget is BDT118.2 billion of BDT 2460.66 billion of ADP allocation.

Hossain Zillur Rahman, Eminent Economist, Executive Chairman, PPRC and Hossain Ishrath Adib, Acting Country Director of WaterAid, and representatives from WASH networks, journalists and development workers spoke at the programme among others.