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Bangladesh: Poverty

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank to alleviate poverty in Bangladesh. (147146)

DFID works closely with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Bangladesh as part of a Joint Strategy partnership (which also includes the World Bank and Japan). Together, these four donors account for 80 per cent. of all development assistance to Bangladesh.

The Joint Strategy partnership group was formed in 2005 as a response the Government of Bangladesh’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Joint Strategy approach has allowed more effective allocation of lead sector responsibilities among donors, and it is hoped that it will eventually lead to the development of a common donor strategy for Bangladesh.

DFID works directly with the ADB through the following programmes:

Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP) II:

DFID is providing £100 million through a pooled funded arrangement managed by the ADB, to provide 17 million primary aged children in over 78,000 schools with quality primary education.

Urban Primary Health Care Project:

DFID is contributing £15 million over six years to provide improved primary health care services in urban areas. The project, co-funded by the ADB, has a particular focus on providing health care services to poor women and girls.

Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project II (RIIP II):

DFID is providing £35 million over five years to RIIP II, which is also funded by ADB and the German Government, to reduce physical, social and economic exclusion among 28 million people in 23 of Bangladesh’s poorest districts. This recently approved project will develop rural infrastructure and improve access to services and markets, provide opportunities for employment and strengthen the capacity of local government to deliver infrastructure services to the poor.