Over the last decade, Bangladesh has achieved marked progress in its development. Robust economic growth – complemented by the Bangladeshi government’s widely acknowledged commitment to the Millennium Development Goals – has reduced poverty in the country by nearly a third. Bangladesh is one of only 16 countries that have been recognized by the United Nations for its achievements in reducing child mortality.
But despite recent advancements in the country’s development, nearly a third of Bangladeshis still live in extreme poverty. According to the U.N. Development Program, out of 52 MDG targets set by the Bangladeshi government, the country is on track to achieve only 19 of them. Hunger and poverty reduction, employment generation, education, and health are some of the areas where progress towards the MDGs remains lacking.