Created 2011-11-03 12:34:30 Last Modified 2017-04-28 04:00:03
Bangladesh has made considerable headway in improving education, poverty reduction, and gender equality—targeting population growth, more inclusive educational planning and programming; and social support programs that focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Bangladesh has drafted the Sixth Five-Year Plan 2011-2015 (6FYP) for accelerating growth and reducing poverty. It is viewed as a comprehensive and broad-based approach to both acknowledging and dealing practically with the successes and constraints of Bangladesh’s investments in socio-economic development.
The GoB has outlined a ten-year Perspective Plan (2010-2021) under the guidance of a larger policy directive: Vision 2021. Vision 2021 also encapsulates many of the core areas of Bangladesh’s development needs articulated in the MDG indicators for the country. Vision 2021 and the Perspective Plan address the areas of strategic intervention:
Income and Poverty
♦ Accelerating economic growth and employment
♦ Demographic dividend and growth in the labor sector
♦ Improving productivity through ICT
Human Resource development (Health, Education and Population)
♦ Reducing population growth
♦ Ensuring food security
♦ Managing the spatial dimensions of growth
♦ Access to essential services and protection for the marginalized and underprivileged
♦ Improve governance, public institutions and capacity
Water and Sanitation
Energy and Infrastructure
Gender Equality and Empowerment
♦ Gender parity in social and economic spheres of the society
Information and Communications Technology
Monitoring & Evaluation and Results-Based Measurement
The 6FYP outlines critical areas in which Bangladesh must make further investments in order to draw down the looming disparities created by poverty and inequality; environmental impact due to both population as well as the compounding effects of natural disasters; low productivity and an under-skilled/underemployed workforce which also hinges upon the growing demographic of employment-age young people.
Meeting with success respective of the MDGs will depend on how well Bangladesh simultaneously drives sector-led economic growth; development of the country’s physical and technological infrastructure; as well as socio-economic development through transparency and accountability in governance; focusing on essential rights related to health, education, employment, and social protection.