Overview

What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations though sustainable, innovative, and community-based development projects. Since 1972, UNDP and its partners have helped Bangladesh make critical advances in the areas of governance, poverty reduction, climate change and disaster resilience. Communities are made stronger by our partnerships and assistance.

Our Goals

Over the past decade and a half, Bangladesh has made impressive gains across key human development indicators. Though Bangladesh continues to face significant challenges arising from economic inequality, vulnerability to disasters, and transitioning government institutions, UNDP Bangladesh remains committed to helping the Bangladeshi people achieve their full developmental potential. For more information about UNDP, our impact, and our approach to helping Bangladesh become an ever more resilient nation, please click here.

UNDP Bangladesh is committed to helping Bangladeshi people build a more prosperous, equal, and sustainable future for their country. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

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Our Stories

women's economic empowerment
Shabdi D'Costa is well known in her neighbourhood for her work helping women climb out of poverty. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum

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

family flees floods
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

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 

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

Justice for all

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 

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

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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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