Poverty reduction efforts in Bangladesh are threatened by climate change and corruption, a report from the U.K. Department for International Development has concluded. The DFID report notes that while the Asian country successfully reduced national poverty levels to 40 percent in 2005, from 57 percent in the early 1990s, greater progress in its fight against poverty is hampered by the government’s corruptive practices, BDNews24.com reports.
DFID also said that Bangladesh’s topography puts it at risk of being negatively affected by climate change. The poorest people in the country would be the hardest hit, the agency adds. The DFID report based its findings on a survey of the agency’s programs in Bangladesh.