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Bangladesh is a development success story: economic growth has averaged 6% since 2003 and poverty * Results less than 1 million are rounded to the nearest thousand. Results over 1 million are rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. has halved between 1990 and 2010. Whilst economic growth has led to some development through agricultural productivity, garment exports and remittances, Bangladesh still has 37 million people living in poverty, with 21 million of those living in extreme poverty. Bangladesh is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones. Unstable politics and poor governance risk slowing things down, as do social problems like violence against women, early marriage and signs of rising extremism. Since August 2017 more than 688,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh, resulting in a major humanitarian crisis. The UK is committed to working with the government of Bangladesh and the international community to address the immediate and medium-term needs of the Rohingya people and vulnerable host-communities.

FCDO Profile

Note: This summary was written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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Children under five and pregnant women reached through FCDO's nutrition-relevant programmes

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children supported by FCDO in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by FCDO

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Unique people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through FCDO support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Additional women using modern methods of family planning through FCDO support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

Budget More information about project status

Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.



Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
British Council 1
Coffey International Development 4
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) 13
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 6
Nathan Associates 3
World Food Programme (WFP) 7
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 11
DAI Europe 9
IMC Worldwide 2
Maxwell Stamp PLC 2
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2
The Asia Foundation 2
British Council 3
Transparency International Bangladesh 4
Practical Action 1
Oxford Policy Management 7
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 5
Ipas 2
PwC India 2
Save the Children UK 6
Mott MacDonald Limited 1
Aktis Strategy Ltd 1
British Red Cross 5
International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 3
International Committee of the Red Cross 4
Crown Agents Limited 2
International Rescue Committee (UK) 2
Saferworld 2
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) 9
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 2
International Labour Organization (ILO) 2
Concern Worldwide 2

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