The Netherlands and Bangladesh have a long-standing relationship in the field of water management, both in development projects and knowledge programmes. Close cooperation exists at institutional level between government, semi-government and academic organizations. The Joint Cooperation Programme Bangladesh – the Netherlands (JCP), financed and supported by EKN, is a four year programme, started in December 2019, in which the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM), the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Deltares work together with the following objective: Long term knowledge sharing and capacity building, between Bangladesh and the Dutch knowledge institutes, in support of improved Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), flood and drought management, urban water management and adaptive delta planning The goal of JCP is to increase the knowledge base of all the institutes involved and to strengthen the capacity of institutes in Bangladesh to plan, develop and manage their (marine and fresh) water resources systems. The capacities targeted under JCP include water system knowledge, data management, decision-support and impact forecasting, but also the capacity for cooperation, institutional development and governance within Bangladesh and Dutch water knowledge institutions. Achieving these goals will support the contribution that the Netherlands water sector can make to Bangladesh and the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP). JCP generates direct benefits in on-going programmes and with a view to secure long-term funding for knowledge development from a range of funding agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, GiZ, DFID and others. This work package focusses on overall management of Pillars I and II.