Rina earns a regular income from her own businessA smiling woman holds tomatoes she has grownA smiling woman holds tomatoes she has grown

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Why are we in Bangladesh? Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries; home to over 160 million people in a country just over twice the size of Ireland. Though remarkable progress has been made in poverty reduction, mainly driven by unparalleled economic growth (with an annual growth rate of 6.9% between 2011 and 2019), there are still large pockets of poverty.

Extreme poverty persists in areas such as city slums and remote communities. Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Bangladesh profoundly; as GDP growth decelerated and poverty increased.

Due to its topography and climate, Bangladesh is subject to multiple hazards including devastating cyclones: it is ranked first in the world in terms of vulnerability to tropical cyclones.

Roughly a quarter of Bangladesh's population is suffering from extremely high rates of malnutrition

Bangladesh remains vulnerable to food shortages with roughly a quarter of the population food insecure and suffering from high rates of malnutrition. The country faces significant challenges in adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The urban areas of Bangladesh are home to approximately 64 million people, and remain very challenging for those who live on the fringes of society.  Vulnerability is caused not only by environmental and geographical factors, but also socio-economic; such as high dependence on agriculture, the ready-made garment (RMG) industry, population density, and poverty.

The Government of Bangladesh is hosting approximately one million Rohingya people who fled violence in Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, in what has become the world’s largest refugee camp.

Latest achievements

Emergency response

Concern has been responding to floods caused by the monsoon rains and other shocks, such as fires and cyclones. We have strengthened the flood forecasting and early warning system by facilitating impact-based forecasting to reduce damage.

Concern is one of the leading nutrition agencies in the Rohingya response. We provide lifesaving and preventative nutrition services through our programmes to 17 camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Concern provide lifesaving assistance to children under five years old, and to pregnant and lactating women to improve health and well-being.

Urban development

Health

Bangladesh Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026

Concern Worldwide Bangladesh’s Country Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026 aims to contribute to bringing sustainable, positive changes in the lives of people living in extreme poverty in Bangladesh.

We will achieve this through working on five particular pillars – ensuring sustained change from our programmes (predominantly in the health, nutrition and livelihoods sectors); climate change; humanitarian action; working through partnership; and equality, diversity and inclusion.

We deliver programmes following five strategic objectives, aligned with the Government priorities outlined in the 8th Five Year Plan of the Government and with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

People use a flood level indicator to anticipate flood danger levels
People in the Char area use a flood level indicator to anticipate flood danger levels to reduce losses. (Photo: Concern Worldwide Bangladesh)
Health volunteers reach out to households in poor urban areas with nutrition & health services
Health volunteers reach out to households in poor urban areas with nutrition & health services. (Photo: Concern Worldwide Bangladesh)
Senowara in her homestead garden
Senowara is producing vegetables to improve livelihood and nutrition in her homestead garden in Cox's Bazaar. (Photo: Concern Worldwide Bangladesh, 2020)
A live performance of health promotion song in Bangladesh
A live performance of Pot Song; a cultural tool promoting good nutritional behaviour and raising mass awareness on how to improve nutrition in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. (Photo: Concern Worldwide Bangladesh, 2021)
Mehrun is now able to protect her cattle and livestock from floods after her house was raised to a height above flood level.
Mehrun is now able to protect her cattle and livestock from floods after her house was raised to a height above flood level. (Photo: Concern Worldwide Bangladesh)

Our proud history in Bangladesh

We have been fighting extreme poverty in Bangladesh since 1972. For 50 years, we have worked with the most vulnerable people to reduce extreme poverty.

Further resources

You can find out a lot more about our work in Bangladesh - including the areas of Climate Change and Flood Resilience - by clicking on the following documents.

How we're helping Bangladesh

We are working hard to combat suffering and build resilience in Bangladesh. We are doing this by establishing programmes which will reduce poverty, respond to emergencies and improve health and nutrition.

Emergency response
Hunger and malnutrition
Reducing poverty
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