The EU is assisting the government of Bangladesh in its priorities of developing the economy whilst addressing social exclusion and poverty. The EU has earmarked a €403 million sum to the country 2007-13.

The EU-Bangladesh Strategy Paper (2007-13) is shaped to synchronise with Bangladesh's own response strategy to the challenges of boosting economic growth whilst dealing directly with exclusion and poverty. The EU’s €403 million package of financial support 2007-13 is provided through two multi-annual indicative programmes (MIPs) for 2007-10 and 2011-13 respectively.

The following are funding priorities:

  • Human and social development– especially education (including technical and vocational education and training) to improve quality of teaching and strengthen progress made in enrolment and quality of primary schooling.
  • Good governance and human rights – to strengthen the efficiency of governance institutions, improve the delivery of public services and promote the protection of human rights.
  • Economic and trade development – to enhance competitiveness and the investment climate by supporting measures that improve the legal and institutional framework and the policy framework for trade and private sector development, while taking full account of the social dimension of globalisation.

In addition, assistance is provided for environment and disaster management, as well as food security and nutrition. Bangladesh is also a beneficiary of the Asia regional programme, which provides funds for business, higher education, aid for uprooted people, and environmental partnership projects.





Key country statistics

  • Total population (2015): 160 996 000
  • Life expectancy (at birth) (2015): 70 years (male), 72 years (female)
  • Human Development Index - Medium human development (2014): 0.57
  • Population living below $1.90 a day (2010): 43.7%
  • Income share held by lowest 40% of income distribution (2010): 21.4%
  • Lower middle income country - Gross National Income per capita (2014): 795 US$ (constant 2005 US$)
  • Average Gross Domestic Product growth over 5 years (2009-2013): 6.0%

Selected results achieved with EU support through projects and programmes completed between mid-2014 and mid-2015

Good Governance and Human Rights

  • 450 children were rescued from a situation of sexual abuse and exploitation

Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction

  • 80 000 poor women and sharecroppers (50 000 women and 30 000 men) in the north-western Rajshahi Division received direct cash transfers aimed at improving food security and livelihoods

Employment and Social Protection

  • 14 000 child labourers (3 000 girls and 11 000 boys) aged between 8-18 years benefitted from better occupational health and safety standards, working time and remuneration; for example children under the age of 14 were given access to primary education, those aged 14-18 years received age appropriate decent employment opportunities through vocational training
  • 19 000 unemployed and underemployed youth trained in various market-driven employable skills such as food processing and preservation workers, motor mechanics, textile workers in Kurigram and Dhaka
  • 5 900 underprivileged young people were enrolled in technical and vocational education and training (TVET)


  • 2 500 children with disabilities were enrolled in primary schools in the Upazila (sub-district) of Khansama
  • 20 000 children (9 500 girls and 10 500 boys) were enrolled in primary schools in Chittagong Hill Tracts


  • Stunting of children aged 18-23 months has been reduced by 12% (from 46% in 2013 to 36% in 2015) in the northwest of Bangladesh
  • 20 000 children under the age of 5 years and 4 900 pregnant or lactating women received supplementary feeding


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