Bangladesh and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB has approved a $120 million loan in additional funding for a 6-year government-led program to improve the quality and reach of primary education in Bangladesh.
More than 17 million students benefited from new or improved education facilities between 2011 and 2014 in Asia and the Pacific. Masuka Tabassum, a high school student in Bangladesh, is one of them. Results videos are snapshots of the impact of ADB's work in poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific.
Bangladesh is reforming its secondary education sector by focusing on teacher training, improving student's learning output, and promoting a positive classroom environment.
A maternity clinic run under a public-private partnership provides a model for delivering primary health care to the urban poor in Bangladesh.
From 2014 to 2018, the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation program will focus on five priority areas in improving trade facilitation efficiency: customs modernization and harmonization; standards and conformity assessment strengthening; cross-border facilities improvement; through transport facilitation; and institution and capacity building. Download the document.
Bangladesh has made impressive socioeconomic gains with a steady rise in its gross domestic product, a decrease in overall rates of poverty, boost in social development, and steady movement toward achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Over the past 2 decades, Bangladesh has succeeded in achieving a steady reduction of poverty incidence, with the number of people climbing above the national poverty line rising steadily. The country is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals.
For more than 40 years, ADB has been a key partner in Bangladesh's struggle for a better future by contributing to critical socioeconomic and governance reforms.
Under the country partnership strategy for 2011-2015, 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.