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Bangladesh A dynamic country facing big challenges
But the same water also poses great dangers. Monsoon rains, swollen rivers and cyclones coming from the Bay of Bengal repeatedly cause flooding and have claimed countless lives over the last few decades. Today, special shelters offer the people greater safety when floods hit, but they still cannot prevent the destruction of infrastructure and the loss of harvests.
In future, these weather-related phenomena are likely to become even more extreme. That is why Bangladesh is working hard to gain international support for its efforts to adapt to climate change. In fact, Bangladesh has taken on the role of spokesperson for the countries that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Bangladesh is the most populous of the “least developed countries” (LDCs). Over the last few decades, the country has made remarkable progress and its economy is developing at a dynamic rate. The World Bank estimates that Bangladesh will graduate from the UN’s Least Developed Countries list in 2026 if its economic development continues unchanged.
German development cooperation with Bangladesh
Bangladesh and Germany enjoy friendly relations. Germany is the second biggest market after the US for apparel and textile exports from Bangladesh. As a long-standing and reliable partner in development cooperation, Germany is held in high regard in Bangladesh.
Having contributed around 3.2 billion euros in development support to date, Germany is an important bilateral donor for Bangladesh. The German government pledged 275.1 million euros for development cooperation to Bangladesh for the years 2021 and 2022. And it made an additional commitment of 74 million euros for 2021.
Cooperation focuses on the following core areas and areas of intervention:
- Climate and energy, just transition | Areas of intervention: renewable energy and energy efficiency; sustainable urban development
- Sustainable economic development, training and employment | Areas of intervention: technical and vocational education and training; socially and environmentally sound supply chains, trade and sustainable infrastructure
- Conserving nature and natural resources, protecting life on Earth | Area of intervention: biodiversity
As at: 14/02/2023