What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP embarked on its journey in Bangladesh in 1973. Since its inception, UNDP and its partners in the country have accomplished key results in the areas of governance, poverty reduction, climate change and disaster resilience, as well as achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goals

Over the past decade and a half, Bangladesh has made impressive gains in key human development indicators. Major challenges inn development do, however, remain. More than 63 million people live below the poverty line, the constant threat of extreme weather events - natural and manmade - the uncertain impact of globalization and an increasingly competitive international trade environment impede higher growth rates.

UNDP and Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in social indicators and its Millennium Development Goals in the past decade and has been identified as one of the 'Highlighted 18' countries that made rapid headway in human development according to the HDR 2013.

Our Stories

  • Shabdi D'Costa is well known in her neighbourhood for her work in helping women emerge from poverty. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

    The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum
    women's economic empowerment

    Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s meager Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she took a principledmore

  • Bangladesh has dramatically reduced its death toll from extreme weather events such as cyclones by shifting from disaster response to disaster risk reduction and early warnings. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    Radio cyclone warnings save thousands of lives
    family flees floods

    Monu Mia is no stranger to cyclones. “I have survived several cyclones but the memory of losing my family in a cyclone stays with me,” themore

  • Jahanara Begum's demand for compensation was rapidly dealt with through the village courts system. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

    Justice for all
    village court

    When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief, escalated into a violent confrontation betweenmore

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  • Shyamola Begum is representative of a broader Bangladeshi reality, where economic empowerment has often led to a greater voice for women in the family and the public sphere. Photo: Kawser Ahmed / UNDP Bangladesh

    Women take the lead in fighting poverty
    Shyamola begum's tea stall

    Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one roommore

Projects and Initiatives

Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF) has been supporting the Government of Bangladesh to promote sustainable development and confidence building in the post-conflict Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), as guided by the Peace Accord. more

Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh

The formal justice system in Bangladesh is overwhelmed by the demand for legal recourse. But for the vast majority of the population, the prohibitive costs of formal justice, coupled with a poor understanding of legal matters, means that access to justice is outside their reach. more

Access to Information (ll)

The Access to Information (a2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office, with support from UNDP and USAID, was started in 2007 with the objectives of increasing transparency, improving governance and public services and reducing inefficiencies in their delivery in terms of ‘TCV’ – the time (T), cost (C) and number of visits (V) associated with obtaining government services for underserved communities in Bangladesh. more

Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme

The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) is a flagship collaborative initiative of the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and UNDP. Its core objective is to strengthen national capacity to manage risks related to disasters, as well as the immediate response and the recovery efforts. more

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