Bangladesh: A Partnership for Progress | Asian Development Bank

Bangladesh: A Partnership for Progress

Publication | November 2010
Bangladesh: A Partnership for Progress

'Attendance at the Nayabazar Government Primary School has increased from 75% to 90% since the beginning of the Second Primary Education Development program supported by ADB. More and more children are completing school, getting good grades, and winning scholarships.'

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. ADB has been a key partner in the country's struggle for a better future since 1973 by contributing to critical economic and governance reforms.

Spurred by its accomplishments so far, Bangladesh aims to become a middle-income country by the 50th anniversary of independence in 2021. As of 31 December 2009, ADB's cumulative lending amounted to about $10.8 billion for 202 loans, and its technical assistance grants amounted to $195.2 million for 348 projects. The country is also one of the largest recipients of concessional Asian Development Fund resources. ADB has been the second-largest source of financing, and one of the lead financiers in energy, water supply and sanitation, agriculture and natural resources, education, and transport sectors of Bangladesh.


  • Bangladesh and ADB: A Partnership to End Poverty
  • ADB's Contribution to Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Improving Operational Effectiveness and Services
  • Future Challenges