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

  • March 2009

    Gender Mainstreaming at the Bangladesh Resident Mission: Why Has It Worked

    "If we ignore 50% of the population, what benefit are we giving?" asks Wahidur Rahman, chief engineer at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Bangladesh. "Whatever we do, we have to find out how women could be involved and be a partner."
  • January 2009

    Country Water Action: Breaking a Dirty Old Habit

    Whistles and flags Whistle blowing is a favorite pastime among children in the villages of Dinajpur district in northern Bangladesh. They would blow their whistles when they spot fellow villagers, often adults, defecating in the open, chasing the surprised offenders who would then pull their pants up and attempt to escape the noise and humiliation. The kids would also stick colorful flags on the ground to mark the offending matter for other people to notice.
  • October 2008

    Country Water Action: Rice Science Advances Reforms

    Science as a matter of survival Many Asian countries share two things in common: rice and unpredictable weather. For centuries, farmers and their delicate rice crops have been at the mercy of drought, salt water intrusion and floods, the trinity of water stresses on Asian agriculture.
  • September 2008

    Country Water Action: Rural Water Institutions Flex Muscles for Sustainability

    Flexing rural water muscles In a country where over 80% of the population lives in rural communities and agriculture provides 63% of employment, water resources management is bound to be a development challenge. But Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries, has figured out a way to meet this challenge head on.
  • March 2008

    A Clean Fuel to Boost Incomes

    Compressed Natural Gas has been around since the 1980s. Through an ADF-supported project, it has finally taken off in Dhaka. Dhaka - As with other big cities in Asia, Dhaka suffers from high levels of pollution, much of it caused by vehicular traffic. This teeming city of more than 10 million people has roads that are noisy and busy, filled with buses, cars, "auto rickshaws," cycle rickshaws, and trucks.
  • March 2008

    Microcredit to End Poverty

    Hope, confidence, progress, and peace of mind are just some of the benefits Bangladeshi women received from a rural livelihood project. Bhugroil, Bangladesh - Prosperity means different things to different people. To some, it may signify a big house and an expensive car. To 40-year-old Dulaly Begum, it means nutritious food for her family, a "semi-permanent" house, and, most of all, the opportunity to educate her children.
  • March 2008

    Bridge to Prosperity

    The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge - the most expensive and technically one of the most challenging transport infrastructure projects ever accomplished in Bangladesh - is a gateway to economic growth and prosperity for millions. Dhaka - A dream came true for 130 million Bangladeshis when, on 23 June 1998, the Jamuna Bridge was opened to traffic.