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.


Khub About Us Oct 2015 (Presentation)


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.

K-Hub Centers


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.


K-Hub Supporters


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.


India

Debjani Ghosh

Team Leader

    Paramita Datta Dey

    Infrastructure Expert

      Debolina Kundu

      Urban Expert

        Ajith Kaliyath

        Environment Specialist

          Bangladesh

          Mujibur Rahman

          Team Leader

            Shamsul Hoque

            Infrastructure Expert

              Ashraf Ali

              Urban Specialist

                Mahbuboor Rahman Choudhury

                Sanitation Expert

                  Nepal

                  Dr. Sudha Shrestha

                  Team Leader

                    Iswar Man Amatya

                    Infrastructure Specialist

                      Kirti Kusum Joshi

                      Urban Specialist

                        Sri Lanka

                        Senevirathne Mahanama

                        Team Leader

                          Anuruddha Puswewala

                          Infrastructure Specialist

                            Jagath Munasinghe

                            Urban Specialist

                              Chathura De Sliva

                              Urban Planning

                                Susantha Amarawickrama

                                Urban Economist

                                  Shalini Mariayathas

                                  Community Planning Specialist

                                    Aruna Bandra

                                    GIS Specialist

                                      ADB

                                      Keiichi Tamaki

                                      Senior Urban Development Specialist and Task Manager

                                        Vivian-Castro Wooldridge

                                        Urban Development Specialist Nepal

                                          Laxmi Sharma

                                          Senior Project Office (Nepal)

                                            Md. Rafiqul Islam

                                            Senior Project Officer (Bangladesh)

                                              Ashok Srivastava

                                              Sr. Project Officer (India)

                                                Ron Slangen

                                                Urban Development Specialist (India)

                                                  Kamal Dahanayake

                                                  Project Office (Sri lanka)

                                                    Consultant

                                                    Michelle Laurie

                                                    Knowledge Management Specialist