Canadian international assistance in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. With about 169 million people (2015) living in a country about twice the size of New Brunswick, the resulting population pressures are huge.
If you are living in Bangladesh, you are likely to be poor and very vulnerable to natural disasters. You may also be part of the rapidly expanding youth segment of the population—some 34 % of the population is under the age of 15. Bangladesh ranks 139 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's 2016 Human Development Index.
Bangladesh is also very vulnerable to natural disasters, such as cyclones and severe flooding, which occur with regular frequency, causing damage, disease and loss of food crops.
Yet Bangladesh continues to make important development gains. Both population growth and the incidence of poverty have steadily declined, while the GDP growth rate has averaged 6 percent per year. The proportion of the population living below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day has fallen: from 70.2 percent in 1992 to 43.3 percent in 2010. Efforts have been made toward achieving The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Bangladesh's many development challenges include:
- poor quality health and education services, with unequal access to those services among the poor, especially women
- weak public sector institutions that inhibit economic advancement and prosperity
- environmental difficulties arising from global climate change and increasing population density
Our international development assistance
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Bangladesh has been one of Canada's largest development assistance recipients for the last four decades. Continuous dialogue and consultation among development partners (government, non-. government and donors) guides Canada’s investment choices with respect to international development. Programming has focused on basic education, skills for employment, primary health care, improving governance
In the field of education and skills development, Canada supports efforts to:
- improve the quality and delivery of education
- increase access and retention rates in primary schools
- reduce gaps between girls and boys
- increasing access to employment skills, particularly for women and youth
In the field of health, Canada supports efforts to:
- improve access to health care and medicines
- improve maternal and child health delivery systems
- provide essential drugs and medicines
In the field of human rights and governance, Canada supports efforts to:
- improving public sector financial management
- reform of the ready-made garment sector
Key anticipated results
- Improved treatment availability for diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, and other illnesses, especially for children under the age of five.
- Scaled up integrated, comprehensive approach to the delivery of health services at the district level.
- Improved transportation and health referral systems for mothers, especially in rural areas.
- Increased number of children between the ages of 12 to 23 months routinely immunized.
- Increased number of poor children not in the formal school system receiving basic education.
- Increased access to skills training, new technology and information, leading to the creation of new jobs and businesses.
- Increased number of women graduating from technical vocational training.
- Improved fiduciary oversight of public funds and development assistance.
- Improved working conditions in ready-made garment export factories.
Progress on aid effectiveness
Since 2009, Canada has participated in Bangladesh’s multi-donor, sector-wide approaches for primary education and health, which are making tangible progress. Canada is an active participant in the Local Consultative Group and its working groups, which is made up of Government of Bangladesh officials, traditional donors and United Nations Agencies.
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