The South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (K-hub) was established in 2014 to improve policymaking in the urban sector based on credible research and knowledge from across government, academia, non-government organizations and the private sector. The K-hub strives to build a network of associated institutions in the South Asia region and become a forum for improving urban knowledge within and between countries and regions. Four national centers at National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in India, ITN-BUET in Bangladesh, University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and Tribhuvan University in Nepal, have been connected under the K-hub. Each national center focuses on different themes such as innovative sanitation, fecal sludge management, good governance, capacity building, housing, transportation, inclusive prosperity and regional data sharing. The K-Hub initiative is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the respective Governments of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Objectives of K-Hub
The main objective of the K-Hub is to engage institutions to generate and apply knowledge to city management according to principles of sustainable development.
The K-Hub will:
- Facilitate information and experience exchanges within South Asia for the government, city managers, utility staff, policy makers, academia and private sector to improve the urban environment and services delivery.
- Make recommendations to improve University-level curricula for urban planners and managers in South Asia.
- Strengthen the capacity of the national centers for outcome oriented research and influence with their intended audiences.
The regional center of the K-Hub is based in India at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). NIUA plays the twin role of being the regional centre for South Asia and the national center for India. Each participating country has a national center endorsed by the respective government. They are ITN-BUET in Bangladesh, University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and the Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
The K-Hub initiative is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the respective Governments of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The initiative is also being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) particularly for innovative on-site sanitation as part of the Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund created by ADB and BMGF.