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Senior Urban Development Specialist, Water and Urban Development Sector Office, Sectors Group, Asian Development Bank
Laxmi Sharma is with the Water and Urban Development Sector Office. An engineer with more than 25 years of experience on integrated urban planning and development, water and sanitation, solid waste management, inclusive city development, urban transport sector, and infrastructure and service financing models, she is skilled in multi-stakeholder driven development; project design, processing and management; and application of technologies. She has multi-cultural working experience in multiple countries—Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Thailand. She holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok.
Performance-based funding improved urban governance and quality of infrastructure and services, and promoted women’s empowerment.
A water project includes a gender, caste, and minority ethnic strategy to promote the rights of marginalized groups in Nepal.
Community involvement in planning, operation, and maintenance has been key to the successful provision of water and sanitation services for more than 700,000 people living in remote and poor regions in Nepal.