Our Commitment


With just over 160 million inhabitants and a landmass of 147,570 square kilometres, Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world. In the past decade, the economy has maintained an impressive track record of 6.5% growth per year, with human development proceeding hand-in-hand with economic growth. Poverty has dropped by nearly a third, while life expectancy, literacy, and per capita food intake have all increased. More than 15 million Bangladeshis have moved out of poverty since 1992. Despite this strong achievement, around 24 million people are still below the poverty line and 37 million people – a quarter of the population – are food insecure. The increased frequency of natural disasters, such as cyclones, floods and drought, is likely to undermine poverty reduction efforts. (Sources: UNICEF 2017; UNDP 2018; UNAIDS 2017; World Bank 2017)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
72 years
Human Development Index
136 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

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