Bangladesh and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • How a solar 'swarm' can boost electricity access in rural Bangladesh

    The humble solar home system, comprising in its simplest form a panel and battery, has helped millions of families in developing Asia gain access to electricity. In off-grid areas and poor communities, this setup provides a household with enough power for basic needs such as lighting, running a fan, or charging mobile phones.

  • Making Health Care Affordable for the Urban Poor in Bangladesh

    Maternity clinics run under a public–private partnership are making quality health care a reality in Dhaka’s slum communities.

  • Bangladesh: Development Effectiveness Brief 2017

    ADB has been contributing to economic development and reforms in Bangladesh, with a cumulative assistance of 265 loans and 419 technical assistance projects as of December 2016.

  • Islamic Finance: Bangladesh Country Profile

    The Islamic microfinance sector in Bangladesh is also among the strongest in Asia. The country’s leading Islamic microfinance provider, the Islamic Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL), successfully implemented a scheme to support Muslims in the rural areas who were left out from conventional micro financing. 

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.

Bangladesh is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.


Projects in Bangladesh