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.
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.
The K-Hub initiative is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the respective Governments of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
ESMIS is a web-based information management system, through which most of the existing environmental sanitation and development information related to the services provided by the LAs are included.
The proposed ESMIS is expected to provide a tri-partied interactive base for the system operators, and activity managers (officials of the LA) and the service receivers (citizens) of the selected LA areas.
Sri Lanka is working on establishing an Environmental Management Information System for municipal councils (MCs) to improve planning and development activities, further support of the MCs with strategic planning and implementation capacity and recommendations for an improved Master of Planning curriculum at the Department of Town and Country Planning at the University of Moratuwa.