Population: 152.4 million (UN, 2012)
Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN)
Human Development Index: 142 / 187
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and the population is growing at 1.1% per year. Around 84% of the population live in poverty. United Purpose has worked in Bangladesh since 1994 and helps around 1.2m people each year. We work in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts in the South-East, and the North-West, where two million ultra-poor families are affected by regular floods.
The majority of the population live on flood plains. United Purpose works to relieve the constant drain on resources that hazardous floods, cyclones and monsoons bring. Working with families, communities and local government, we improve facilities and services to help cope with extreme weather events.
Our work covers: water and sanitation (particularly in schools); education; primary healthcare; disaster preparedness and short-term emergency relief; and rural livelihoods and adapting to climate change.
Our 'Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of poor farming households (IFSL)' has reduced poverty and food insecurity for poor and vulnerable people rural people in the North and South of Bangladesh. You can download the final evaluation of the project here or watch the short documentary about it below:
Bangladesh Contact Details
Country Director: Sriramappa Gonchikara
House 26 (3rd and 4th floor), R#28, Block K, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
T: +88 02 9855296