Bangladesh and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB launched an essay competition for graduate and post-graduate students in Bangladesh. The topic of the essay is “Transforming Bangladesh into a Developed Country by 2041: Role of ADB”. The competition forms part of ADB’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Bangladesh is disaster-prone, with floods and cyclones being the most frequent and severe danger. Applying appropriate disaster risk financing is key to minimizing economic impacts from disasters and sustain the country’s development.
After decades of strong growth, Bangladesh is seeking to move to the next level of prosperity. The garment industry, other exports, and overseas labor all offer challenges and opportunities in reaching this goal.
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
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Railway Project, Phase 1 - Tranche 1
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Railway Project, Phase 1
- Khulna 800 MW LNG Based Power Plant Project
- Preparing Information Technology Parks for Employment and Innovation
- Preparing Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project - Additional Financing
- Third Capital Market Development Program
- Third Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement (Sector) Project
- Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Urban Water Supply and Sanitation
- Improving Public Administration and Services Delivery through e-Solutions
- Second Capital Market Development Program
Population living below the national poverty line in Bangladesh (2010)
Population in Bangladesh, in millions (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Bangladesh (2010-2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Bangladesh, per 100,000 live births (2015)