Bangladesh and ADB

In the Spotlight

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.


  • Publication25 Oct 2016

    Women at Work

    Women’s lives have changed tremendously in Bangladesh over the last 30 years, and in many ways have improved. Nonetheless, female labor force participation remains very low by international standards.
  • Publication25 Oct 2016

    Skills Development in Bangladesh

    The demographic dividend that has been created in Bangladesh has produced a large working-age population that will need adequate education to support a modernizing economy.
  • Bangladesh: Country Operations Business Plan (2017–2019)

    The country operations business plan (COBP), 2017–2019 updates the Bangladesh COBP, 2016–2018, aligning it closely with strategic priorities of the Bangladesh country partnership strategy (CPS), 2016–2020.

Projects in Bangladesh