Today, 160 million people are living in an area about one-third the size of Sweden. The enormous population density makes the work of creating a reasonable existence for the poorest people difficult. Urbanization is putting great pressure on the cities’ infrastructure and the health-care sector does not have enough resources. The Bangladeshi government is working according to a long-term strategy in its fight against poverty.
The plan is built on three foundations: poverty-reducing growth, human development and good governance. Bangladesh’s strategy to combat poverty also forms the basis for our efforts in the country. Bangladesh’s strategy to alleviate poverty (RSP).
The booming textile industry – and the incomes that migrant Bangladeshis have been sending home for many years that come with it – has been the country’s economic motor. The growth has benefited many, but has not been able to improve the situation for those most vulnerable and poor. Deficiencies in democratic governance and a strongly centralized state authority are limiting the opportunities of vulnerable groups to claim their rights. Sida is working to give the weak a stronger voice. By supporting health care and education, Sida is contributing to previously marginalized groups gaining access to basic public services.
Through its civil partner organizations, we are also supporting the fight for women’s rights. Bangladesh’s own efforts to meet the effects of climate change are also receiving our support.
Sweden’s focus areas in Bangladesh:
- Democratic development
- Climate adjustment
- Urban environment.
Read more about Sida’s work in Bangladesh