Bangladesh: Country Partnership Framework 2016-2020 Consultations
October 27-December 05, 2015Bangladesh

The World Bank Group (WBG) has launched the second round of consultations with key stakeholders to help develop the Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Bangladesh for FY 2016-2020. The CPF is a strategic plan that defines the Word Bank Group’s support for the country’s development program for FY 2016-2020. It is anchored in the Government’s 7th Five Year Plan and the World Bank Group’s Systematic Country Diagnostic which provides a comprehensive analysis of Bangladesh’s main development challenges. The CPF is also informed by consultations with the Government of Bangladesh as well as with a wide range of stakeholders.

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The World Bank Group has launched the preparation of the Country Partnership Framework (CPF) covering the period FY16-FY20.  The CPF, by design, is aligned with the government’s 7th five-year plan and follows the same planning cycle.   It is also anchored in the recently completed Systematic Country Diagnostic which analyses Bangladesh’s main development challenges.  

The CPF will identify key areas where the World Bank's assistance can have the greatest impact on poverty reduction. This, in turn, determines the level and composition of the World Bank Group’s financial, advisory, and technical support to the country during the next five years. An integral part of the CPF preparations involves a series of consultations with stakeholders on Bangladesh’s development challenges and priority areas of support.

These consultations provide a platform for the World Bank Group to tap into the experience and knowledge of a broad range of stakeholders, and listen to their ideas about how the World Bank can help the country achieve development progress. In November 2014, during the first round of consultations, the World Bank sought stakeholders’ views on growth bottlenecks and factors that were holding back Bangladesh’s development.  

These consultations helped inform the development of the conceptual framework of the CPF. This online consultations is part of the second round of public consultations launched in October 2015 to seek feedback on the CPF’s conceptual framework. The World Bank is also holding a series of consultation workshops in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Jessore for the same purpose.The World Bank is the largest development partner of Bangladesh. The current support of International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s concessional lending arm consists of 36 projects, with a total commitment of around $8.3 billion. 

You can read the concept note of CPF here. The World Bank group look forward to your comments and feedback.

Please email your comments and suggestions to:

The process of finalizing the World Bank Group’s CPF for Bangladesh for FY 2016-2020 is as follows:

November 2014: First round of consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the Government, civil society, think-tanks, NGOs, private sector, academia, media, and local government members were held in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Jessore. Read the summary of the discussion here.

August 2015: Draft Concept Note of CPF prepared by the World Bank Group and reviewed at regional meetingOctober and November, 2015: Second round of consultations on the proposed results matrix and framework

Here's the schedule for the second round of consultations with stakeholders:

Date Stakeholder group and location
October 18, 2015

Consultation with think tanks/ Economists in Dhaka

October 19, 2015

Consultation with Development Partners

October 19, 2015

Consultation with senior government officials, jointly organized with the External Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, GoB

October 19, 2015

October 20, 2015 Consultation with Civil Society in Dhaka

October 31, 2015

Consultations with private sector in Chittagong

October 31, 2015

Consultation with civil society, opinion leaders, media, and academia in Chittagong

Monday, Nov 3, 2015 Consultation with civil society, opinion leaders, media, and academia in Jessore
Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 Consultation with civil society, opinion leaders, media, and academia in Sylhet

January 2017: The CPF for Bangladesh will be presented to the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors

Ahead of the consultations, the World Bank Group sends all participants a presentation. The presentation outlines the World Bank Group’s initial thoughts on its strategy for FY 2016-2020, based on internal and external deliberations.

Read the presentation and the concept note.

Since independence, Bangladesh has made commendable progress in human development, poverty reduction and economic growth. In every decade since the 80s, Bangladesh increased GDP growth by 1 percent. 

Bangladesh could accelerate growth and reduce poverty in parallel. In the last decade, Bangladesh has lifted 16 million people out of poverty. Rapid growth enabled Bangladesh to cross the threshold to lower middle income country (LMIC) status of per capita GNI of $1,046 in FY14.  But, Bangladesh will need to accelerate growth to comfortably move up within the middle-income bracket. The World Bank is supporting the government of Bangladesh to achieve its vision of middle-income status.

Despite remarkable development achievements, Bangladesh faces daunting development challenges. Bangladesh continues to be one of the poorest countries in the region, with constrained public services and comparatively weak institutions. Even though it has done fairly well in recent years, many others, e.g. China, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, have done much better. Low level of investment in infrastructure continues to be a major hindrance to higher growth and job creation. Further, lack of ease of doing business, low quality of public services delivery, vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, and the population density, add up to the country’s development challenges.

The World Bank’s Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) identifies job as the top development agenda for Bangladesh. The country needs to create more and better jobs for the 2.1 million youths entering the labor force every year. This contribute significantly to growth and poverty reduction.  But, to do so, Bangladesh will have to remove the binding constraints to growth posed by low access to reliable and affordable power, poor transportation infrastructure, limited availability of serviced land, rapid urbanization and vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, among others.

The SCD identifies five transformational priorities for Bangladesh, which are energy, inland connectivity, regional & global integration, urbanization and adaptive delta management. SCD also recognizes three foundational areas where the country is doing reasonably well and needs to continue the focus. These are: Macroeconomic Stability, Human Development, and Institutional and Business Environment.

In this context, the World Bank proposes support in the following areas:

The proposed CPF‘s overarching goal is to create more and better jobs. 

Accelerate Growth: The World Bank will seek to remove barriers to growth such as increasing electricity supply, improving transport connectivity, expanding financial intermediation and creating an environment conducive to doing business, among others.

Foster Social Inclusion: The World Bank will aim to consolidate the equity and access gains in health and education, and address challenges related to quality, higher education and skills development, with continued attention to gender.  In addition, WBG will seek to expand coverage of social protection, access to clean water and sanitation, and bring the rural poor into the folds of the country’s progress with support to their livelihoods.

Strengthen Climate and Environment Management:  The World Bank support will be aligned with the Adaptive Delta Management principle, with the aim to enhance Bangladesh’s resilience to natural disasters, improving the management of water and natural resources and modernizing agriculture.

The World Bank’s support to Governance agenda will act as a foundation to all support in the country. The World Bank will embed institutional capacity-building in all its projects and programs and at the national level will continue efforts to improve public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, service delivery access to information, and transparency in state-owned enterprises. 

Please email your response to the following questions and additional comments to

  • -- What are major development priorities for Bangladesh to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity?
  • -- Does the proposed CPF capture the development priorities of Bangladesh to support the country’s vision of becoming a middle income country?
  • -- What are the most important contributions the World Bank Group can make
  • -- How can the World Bank Group strengthen its implementation of World Bank supported development programs and projects (Governance, Equity - Gender, Access to Services, Voice, Governance, and others)?
  • For questions and comments:

  • Please note: Documents in 'related' box below are draft versions for discussion during consultations. Final versionare subject to discussion with Board of Executive Directors