Bangladesh has an impressive track record for growth and development, aspiring to be a middle-income country by its 50th birthday. The World Bank has supported Bangladesh since 1972, providing more than $15 billion in support.
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The International Development Association (IDA) has supported Bangladesh since 1972, just after the country’s independence. Since then, IDA has provided more than $16 billion in support for policy reforms and projects, accounting for more than one-quarter of all foreign aid to Bangladesh. Key elements of that support have been the Bank’s long-term commitment to health and education, its support for rural infrastructure, and its engagement in policy dialogues that have created conditions for broad-based economic growth.