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Bangladesh

Since 1984, iDE has created business opportunities for the private sector with the goal of improving income, livelihood, and well-being for low-income and marginalized communities.

Why we're here—

One of the most densely populated countries on Earth, Bangladesh has significantly reduced the number of its people that are living in poverty, from 57 percent in 1990 to 25.6 percent in 2014. However, the country still faces challenges in improving food security, as agricultural productive capacity struggles to keep up with population growth. Bangladesh faces an agricultural labor shortage, partly due to urban migration trends, contributing to a four-fold increase in labor costs over the last decade. While the country has made tremendous progress in improving public health through investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene, nearly half the population still lives without a fully hygienic toilet or access to safe, clean drinking water, resulting in health-related losses estimated at $4 billion, more than 5 percent of total GDP.

What matters—

Gender Equity

Reducing poverty requires a specific concern for the situation of women and their role in rural markets. iDE takes time to listen to women as both customers and entrepreneurs. We strive to strengthen the participation of women in rural value chains and increase their access to technology, know-how, finance, and markets.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Gender Equity.


Nutrition

iDE encourages farmers to not just grow food, but to grow more nutritious food. With a more diversified crop base, customers gain a more nutritious diet, providing people with more energy and mental ability to be successful.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Nutrition.


Resilience to Climate Change

iDE works with leading companies to design and promote water-saving and climate-smart agricultural technologies, pilot innovative clean energy solutions, and build community resilience to climate extremes through improved access to more adaptable livelihood opportunities and practices.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Smart Technologies.

We’re making big waves

Celebrating a milestone: 200,000 toilets sold in just 18 months

Microentrepreneurs have sold 200,000 toilets in just 18 months. This is a major milestone—for iDE’s WASH team and for our partners, who dedicated two years to lay the foundation for this market system, and then a year and a half to catalyze sales.


Read more: Celebrating 200,000 latrines sold in Bangladesh in just 18 months

What works—

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Agriculture

iDE pioneered the development of private-sector supply chains for farmer-friendly technologies, resulting in productivity gains for more than 1.5 million households in Bangladesh by 2004.

Since then, we have combined the promotion of appropriate technologies with strengthened markets by deploying our “Firm to Farm” approach, which connects large national companies with over 30,000 last-mile entrepreneurs. The results are sustainable sources of seeds, fertilizer, and advisory services, along with improved access to buyers and market information, that continue to improve incomes and opportunities.


Learn more about iDE’s global Agriculture strategy.


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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

While the public and development sectors have made tremendous progress in promoting hygienic water and sanitation practices in recent years, iDE focuses on catalyzing the country’s private sector to lead the delivery of sustainable WASH solutions for low-income consumers. To do so, we work with national companies that supply toilets and water filters to reconsider low-income people as viable, long-term customers.

In parallel, we support over 1,000 entrepreneurs across the country in becoming more effective and profitable providers of affordable, aspirational, and effective WASH products and services.


Learn more about iDE’s global WASH strategy.


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Access to Finance

Poor access to effective forms of credit is one of the key constraints for small-scale farmers in improving their productivity and food security. Although many microfinance institutions and NGOs try to fill the financial gap, farmers and micro-entrepreneurs are typically cut off from flexible credit services that understand their unique balance of commercial aspirations and necessities.

iDE employs a “Firm to Farm Finance” approach to rural financing in Bangladesh, which combines farmer-friendly financial product development with bank and microfinance institution partnerships. This approach demonstrates that inclusive lending to small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs is not only possible, but profitable.

Learn more about iDE’s global Access to Finance strategy.

A system solution for sanitation

Building a winning team of donors in Bangladesh

By using a portfolio approach, iDE demonstrates and delivers effective solutions that meet the goals of multiple partners and stakeholders, such as improved sanitary latrine coverage in populous Bangladesh.


Read more: Leveraging the strengths of different partners to achieve greater results

iDE In Bangladesh

Main Office

Dhaka, Bangladesh

p: (+88 02) 9886515, 9886529, 9883901
f: (+88 02) 9886548
e: bangladesh@ideglobal.org

Our partners—

Our Donors

  • Australian Aid
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Department for International Development, United Kingdom
  • Duke Energy
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • European Union
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Thermofluidics Ltd.
  • UNICEF
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Wellcome Trust
  • World Bank

Public Sector Partners

  • Agricultural Information Services
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
  • Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
  • Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture
  • Bangladesh Rice Research Institute
  • Department of Agriculture Extension
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Livestock Services
  • Department of Public Health Engineering
  • Directorate General of Family Planning Bangladesh
  • Government of Bangladesh

Private Sector Relationships

  • ACI Godrej Agrovet Pvt. Ltd.
  • ACI Motors
  • ACI Seed
  • ACME Agrovet & Beverage, Ltd.
  • Action in Development
  • Advanta
  • Agrico
  • Alim Industried Ltd.
  • A.R. Malik Seed Company (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Electro Solar Power Ltd.
  • EON Group
  • Fishtech BD Ltd.
  • Folia
  • Getco Agro Vision, Ltd.
  • Grameen Intel Social Business, Ltd.
  • Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha
  • Ispahani Agro Ltd.
  • Ispahani Biotech
  • Jagorani Chakra Foundation
  • Janata Engineering
  • Lalmoni Agro, Ltd.
  • Lal Teer Seed Ltd.
  • Novartis
  • Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra
  • Polygon Resources
  • Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd.
  • RFL
  • Royal DeHeus Group
  • Society Development Committee
  • Syngenta
  • The Metal (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • TMSS
  • United Finance Ltd.