Bangladesh and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • Transforming Bangladesh Primary Education

    New teaching methods, increased student participation, and reward schemes for parents are helping Bangladesh modernize its vast primary education sector.

  • Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

    Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read about the economic outlook for Bangladesh.

  • Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014

    The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014 presents the latest available economic, financial, social, and environmental statistics for the 48 regional members of ADB. Download the statistical tables for Bangladesh.

  • $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. 


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 the 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.

  • Highlights

Funding Information

Fast Facts

153.60(2013) Population in millions

1.5%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth rate

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

Download 2014 Basic Statistics