Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.

Bangladesh is a development success story: economic growth has averaged 6% since 2003 and poverty halved between 1990 and 2010.

Whilst economic growth has led to some development because of 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.

Bangladesh is an important trading partner, with untapped potential for British firms. The UK was the second largest source of foreign direct investment last year - about £260 million - and is the third largest destination for exports after USA and Germany. Investments in raising the incomes of a population of 160 million and rising, will increase trading potential, as will boosting the investment climate. Development work, alongside trade and diplomacy, gives the UK a favoured and trusted position with the government and citizens of Bangladesh.

To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Bangladesh.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Bangladesh, see:

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DFID Bangladesh

British High Commission
United Nations Road
Baridhara
Dhaka - 1212

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