Canadian international assistance in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. With about 169 million people (2015) living in a country about twice the size of New Brunswick, the resulting population pressures are huge.

If you are living in Bangladesh, you are likely to be poor and very vulnerable to natural disasters. You may also be part of the rapidly expanding youth segment of the population—some 34 % of the population is under the age of 15. Bangladesh ranks 139 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's 2016 Human Development Index.

Bangladesh is also very vulnerable to natural disasters, such as cyclones and severe flooding, which occur with regular frequency, causing damage, disease and loss of food crops.

Yet Bangladesh continues to make important development gains. Both population growth and the incidence of poverty have steadily declined, while the GDP growth rate has averaged 6 percent per year. The proportion of the population living below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day has fallen: from 70.2 percent in 1992 to 43.3 percent in 2010. Efforts have been made toward achieving The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Bangladesh's many development challenges include:

Our international development assistance

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Bangladesh has been one of Canada's largest development assistance recipients for the last four decades. Continuous dialogue and consultation among development partners (government, non-.    government and donors) guides Canada’s investment choices with respect to international development. Programming has focused on basic education, skills for employment, primary health care, improving governance

In the field of education and skills development, Canada supports efforts to:

In the field of health, Canada supports efforts to:

In the field of human rights and governance, Canada supports efforts to:

Key anticipated results

Progress on aid effectiveness

Since 2009, Canada has participated in Bangladesh’s multi-donor, sector-wide approaches for primary education and health, which are making tangible progress. Canada is an active participant in the Local Consultative Group and its working groups, which is made up of Government of Bangladesh officials, traditional donors and United Nations Agencies.

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