$125 Million Loan to Help Turn Pourashavas into Model Towns

A new project in Bangladesh will help pourashavas (municipalities) improve services and governance, making them more livable and attractive, and helping to ease population pressures in major cities. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More

KfW, ADB Sign $2 Billion Cofinancing Partnership

German development bank KfW will cofinance with ADB up to $2 billion over 3 years to promote development in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Viet Nam. Read More

Training Teachers in Bangladesh to Provide a Better Education

Teacher training, standardized teaching qualifications, and better training institutes mean students in Bangladesh are getting a better quality, more up-to-date education. Watch Video


Bangladesh has succeeded in achieving a steady reduction of poverty incidence, with the population living below the national poverty line steadily falling over the past 2 decades. The country is now on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals.

Under ADB’s country partnership strategy, 2011-2015, for Bangladesh, ADB supports the efforts of the government to make growth more inclusive and greener by improving connectivity, promoting skills, improving financial markets, boosting energy efficiency and access, promoting public-private partnerships, making cities more livable, improving the management of water resources, and reducing flood risk.

Fast Facts

153.60 (2013)
Population in millions

1.5% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth

31.5% (2010)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
2,078.55 / 13.82
Agriculture (60)
1,377.16 / 9.16
Education (21)
3,843.55 / 25.56
Energy (42)
751.73 / 5.00
Finance (21)
174.10 / 1.16
Health (6)
585.80 / 3.89
Industry and Trade (17)
1,046.70 / 6.96
Multisector (11)
919.85 / 6.12
Public Sector (6)
3,103.70 / 20.64
Transport and ICT (42)
1,159.10 / 7.71
Water Supply (17)
15,040.24 / 100.00
TOTAL (243)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013