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Bangladesh is a poor and politically fragile country, highly vulnerable to natural disasters and already experiencing the effects of climate change and rapid urbanisation. Good progress has been made on development outcomes; income poverty and maternal deaths have fallen and more girls are in school. Many challenges remain however; 1 in 19 children die before they reach 5 years old and around 120,000 newborns die every year.

Top priorities

  • managing risks to development, including political governance/stability and climate related shocks
  • targeting off-track MDGs and accelerating progress; helping the country keep pace with its expanding population and urban migration
  • supporting Bangladesh to achieve target growth rates through a strengthened investment climate. Increasing access to jobs and developing skills to increase income for the poorest

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Bangladesh
Bangladesh page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £130,486,302
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 1.81%
  • Active Projects 32
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 161.0 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2010, source World Bank): 18.52%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 2.17
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 6.55%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Bangladesh.