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Bangladesh as a Partner Country

Bangladesh has over the past three decades seen sustained economic growth accompanied by impressive social progress that has resulted in reduced poverty, improved maternal health and increased number of girls attending school. However, the growth could be more inclusive and sustainable. Rising inequalities, challenges within human rights and democratic governance and lack of resilience of vulnerable groups remains some of the main concerns in Bangladesh today.

In line with the priorities of the Government of Bangladesh’s (GoB) 7th Five-Year-Plan and firmly rooted in the SDGs, the Bangladesh Country Programme (BCP) 2016-2021 is focusing on inclusive and sustainable development, responsive and accountable governance, and resilience of vulnerable and marginalised groups. The latter includes an insisting emphasis on the economic, social and political rights of women, youth, indigenous peoples, refugee hosting communities and people affected by climate change and adverse weather conditions.

The BCP is funded by a grant from Denmark amounting to DKK 335 million. This is matched with contributions from the GoB, amounting to DKK 280 million. Moreover, and to respond to the increasing needs in relation to the Rohingya refugee influx in the second half of 2017, the BCP has been augmented with additional Danish funds to the tune of DKK 83 million. Lastly, Danish Climate Envelope funds amounting to DKK 30 million is supplementing the climate engagements of the BCP. The total volume of the BCP (including Climate Envelope funds) consequently stands at DKK 728 million. Implementation on the ground is done in partnerships with the UN, NGOs, civil society and government agencies. The BCP consists of three thematic programmes:

1. Agricultural Growth and Employment
2. Climate Resilience and Sustainable Energy
3. Governance and Rights


Lise Abildgaard Sørensen

Development Counsellor