Bangladesh: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in Bangladesh.

Latest Features

  • May 2013

    Bangladesh Crop Insurance: Helping Farmers Weather the Storm

    ADB launches a program to help Bangladesh farmers protect their precarious livelihoods. Farmers around the world are at the mercy of the weather, but those in Bangladesh are more vulnerable than most with the low-lying country highly susceptible to the increasing monsoon floods and tropical cyclones brought by climate change. This also means they are in huge need of ways to protect their precarious livelihoods.
  • March 2013

    Empowering Women in Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Philippines

    Three women share how their lives have been changed as beneficiaries of and contributors to the success of development projects aimed at the most vulnerable in society.
  • February 2013

    Prosperity through Empowerment: Focus on Women in South Asia

    Empowering women in South Asia can help address the twin issues of gender and urban poverty, say ADB's senior social development specialist Francesco Tornieri and urban development specialist Ron Slangen.
  • December 2012

    Reconstruction after the 2004 Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami

    With support from ADB, the people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami were able to rebuild their lives and communities. In a region where millions live in risk-prone areas, frequently in situations where building regulations and land use planning are not enforced, natural disasters all too often bring devastation and suffering to the most vulnerable. Yet, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean basin on 26 December 2004 was on a scale that few could have anticipated.
  • November 2012

    Poverty and Economics in South Asia: Cooperation and Integration

    South Asia's prospects of growth depend in good part on the enhancement of cross-border connectivity and facilitation of trade among Bangladesh, Butan, India and Nepal. Here are 12 things to know about cooperation and integration in South Asia.
  • November 2012

    Upholding Environmental Laws in Asia and the Pacific

    ADB is helping countries in Asia and the Pacific promote environmental justice through knowledge sharing and capacity building
  • October 2012

    Islamic Finance in Asia and the Pacific

    Shari'ah compliant financing is becoming increasingly popular in the Asia and the Pacific region. ADB’s Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant General Counsel and Practice Leader – Islamic Finance, explains why.
  • June 2012

    Private Tutoring and Shadow Education in Asia

    An ADB study, undertaken in partnership with the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, brings into the spotlight the phenomenon of private tutoring, also called "shadow education". A growing practice in Asia, shadow education risks dominating the lives of young people and their families, maintaining and exacerbating social inequalities, diverting needed household income into an unregulated industry, and creating inefficiencies in education systems.
  • March 2012

    Water and Irrigation Management in Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has taken a bold step forward to initiate a new approach which, if successfully implemented, could be replicated in other major irrigation systems to have a profound impact on food security, water use efficiency and sustainable growth.
  • December 2011

    Bangladesh Flooding and Disaster Management

    Sirajganj, Bangladesh─ When the rain-swollen Jamuna River breached its banks and inundated Sirajganj town 4 years ago, the streets were under knee-deep water, forcing shutdowns of businesses and schools. Even after the rain stopped, the floodwaters took more than 2 months to recede. Roads were ravaged and the town's poor drainage system ceased to function. Residents returned to homes that were no longer fit to live in.

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