Institutional assessment, policy analysis and stakeholder analysis

Water Governance and Climate

Climate change adaptation measures in Barisal, Bangladesh

Barisal City Corporation and KfW Development Bank

Rapid urban growth poses several challenges for the city of Barisal in Bangladesh. Natural disasters are a major detrimental factor to sustainable growth for the coastal region, including Barisal’s economy. The main causes are a combination of natural processes and increasing anthropogenic pressures, such as a rapidly growing waterfront development. In addition, land use planning and regulation are weak and combined with population growth and urbanisation pressures this has led to an unsustainable urban development.


On behalf of the City Corporation Barisal (a self-governed municipal administration), the KfW Development Bank invited a consortium consisting of Ecorys, Twynstra and Witteveen+Bos to support the preparation of a climate adaptation programme for the city of Barisal.

Twynstra’s role

As part of a larger study, Twynstra carried out a feasibility study for climate adaptation measures in the city of Barisal by analysing whether these measures would match the current institutional and social situation. Tasks carried out included:

  • Institutional framework analysis
  • Proposed institutional enhancements
  • Policy cycle analysis of the city of Barisal and other relevant institutions
  • Project-sector matching assessment
  • Target group analysis
  • Composed target group files per identified target group
  • Social impact report per target group
  • Target group interest matrix
  • Insight in and proposal to improve the financial position of the Barisal City Cooperation (due diligence).