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Four Decades of Partnership: The World Bank in Bangladesh

January 7, 2014

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Bangladesh has achieved impressive progress since its independence in 1971. With a vibrant economy that has grown at nearly 6% per year in the last decade, Bangladesh has seen the number of poor drop by one-third during the same period.

The World Bank has partnered with Bangladesh in this remarkable journey that spans four decades. The World Bank has supported Government efforts in economic growth, power, infrastructure, disaster management, human development and poverty reduction. Since 1972, the World Bank has committed more than $16 billion to advance Bangladesh’s development priorities.

This publication titled, The World Bank in Bangladesh, provide a glimpse of the ongoing World Bank supported projects in Bangladesh. The pages showcase a partnership aimed at creating opportunities for the disadvantaged, the poor and the vulnerable. It conveys what the World Bank have come to learn through many years of engagement with this dynamic and resilient country—that with strong commitment, sound policies and effective government, Bangladesh has enormous potential to offer its people a better, brighter future.