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Sida's work in Bangladesh

Poverty in Bangladesh has been declining steadily since the 1990s, but remains widespread. The democratic development is going in the wrong direction and the country is vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. Sida's development cooperation focuses on democracy, human rights, gender equality, health, climate and environment. Sida also works humanitarianly in Bangladesh.

Sida’s support to Bangladesh 2020

Progress has been made

55%

reduction of infant mortality the last 15 years according to Unicef.¹

Poverty has decreased

The proportion of people living in poverty has fallen sharply since the 1990s and continues to decline. The share decreased from just over 24 percent in 2016 to 20.5 percent in 2019.2 Since 2018, Bangladesh is no longer on the UN list of the world’s least developed countries.

Declining maternal mortality

Maternal mortality has decreased from 569 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 173 deaths in 2017, according to the World Bank.3

Challenges remain

860,000

people from the Muslim Rohingya community have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017. The needs of both refugees and host communities are great.

Shortfalls in democracy and human rights

Civil society actors cannot operate freely, freedom of expression is restricted and political violence is on the rise. Extrajudicial executions occur. Corruption is widespread: Bangladesh ranks 146th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Index.4

Highest prevalence of child marriage

Bangladesh is one of the countries in the world with the highest prevalence of child marriage and teenage pregnancies, according to the UNICEF.5 Just over 10 percent of all teenage girls become pregnant and give birth before they turn 19.6

Two types of aid in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: 2 September 2021