Bangladesh and ADB
In the Spotlight
In rural Bangladesh, home to one of the world’s most successful solar energy programs, more than 3.5 million solar home systems have been installed since 2002, providing access to clean electricity to over 16 million people and setting an example for other countries in Asia and the Pacific looking at renewable energy solutions.
Maternity clinics run under a public–private partnership are bringing health care to the urban slums of Bangladesh. Read this and more stories from Together We Deliver 2015, a publication highlighting successful projects that demonstrate development impact, best practices, and innovation across Asia and the Pacific.
Historically, South Asia and Southeast Asia were isolated from one another, but increasingly leaders and business operators in both regions are seeing the benefit of greater connections, according to the ADB report, Connecting Asia: Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia.
As one of Bangladesh's largest sources of financing, ADB has supported projects in the energy, water supply and sanitation, agriculture and natural resources, education, and transport sectors.
From 1990 to 2015, Bangladesh halved its incidence of poverty - meeting one of its core Millennium Development Goals - and gained lower-middle-income status in 2015. The country’s economic growth has been robust over the past decade, and was almost double the global average in the fiscal year that ended on 30 June 2015.
In 2015, the Government of Bangladesh developed its Seventh Five Year Plan. The plan covers FY2016-FY2020 and aims for Bangladesh to reach the middle-income level by 2021.
In recent years, ADB development efforts in Bangladesh have focused on energy security, transport services and connectivity, education and skills development, water resources management, urban infrastructure, and finance.
Read the ADB and Bangladesh fact sheet.
Projects in Bangladesh
Population in Bangladesh, in millions (2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Bangladesh, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Bangladesh (2010-2015)
Population living below the national poverty line in Bangladesh (2010)