World Bank Support to ULB Development: Since 1999, the World Bank has supported basic urban services development and capacity building of ULBs through the Municipal Services Project (MSP) that closed in June 2012. The MSP comprised: urban services improvements in 14 ULBs under the Rajshahi and Khulna Regions, and 3 Chittagong Hill District ULBs, e.g.,water supply, sanitation, solid waste services, slum upgrading, etc. and capacity building, including the establishment of the Municipal Support Unit in LGED; launch of a municipal database; support for the Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF) to provide a demand-based credit window for ULBs; and project implementation support. During the 12 year implementation period, the project received three rounds of additional IDA funding, to respond to emergency flood damage rehabilitation works after the major floods in 2004 and 2007, and to scale up BMDF operations. MSP helped to enhance the capacity and effective management of ULBs through support for financing critical basic urban services, improvement of own-source revenue generation, and enhancement of urban planning, procurement and financial management.
Present status of physical works under IDA Credit No. 3177-BD & 4761-BD