Development cooperation: the Netherlands and Bangladesh

The Netherlands’ development cooperation with Bangladesh helps to improve living conditions of the poor, particularly in three areas: water, sexual and reproductive health and rights and food security. Other priority is labour conditions in the Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector. Activities align with national policy and development plans. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh creates partnerships, and complements technical assistance with investment funds from international financial institutes (IFI). Furthermore, the Embassy continues to promote and broker Dutch contracts with IFIs, especially in the water sector. The Embassy proactively communicates lessons learned and successes achieved to all stakeholders. Cooperation between the Netherlands and Bangladesh is reinforced by research institutes in both countries.

The water program in Bangladesh

The food security program in Bangladesh

The sexual and reproductive health and rights program in Bangladesh

Ready made garments in Bangladesh

Dutch development cooperation policy

The Netherlands' approach to development cooperation is all about people's rights and opportunities. Everyone should be able to stand on their own feet and have opportunities to develop successful lives. The Netherlands also wants governments in developing countries to provide stability and protect their population.


The Dutch government's three ambitions for development cooperation are:

  • eradicating extreme poverty in a single generation
  • promoting sustainable, inclusive growth that also benefits the poorest and most vulnerable populations around the world
  • enabling Dutch companies to succeed abroad.

Doing what the Netherlands is good at

To achieve results the Netherlands invests in the themes where its expertise lies:

Within these themes, particular attention is paid to women's rights, climate change and promoting entrepreneurship.

Aid, trade and investment

Where possible the Netherlands links aid to trade. This contributes to sustainable economic growth worldwide, which benefits people in developing countries – including the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. And it also provides opportunities for Dutch businesses.

The Netherlands' activities focus on:

  • more and better access to international markets
  • strengthening the private sector in low- and lower middle-income countries
  • promoting trade and investment
  • fair taxation
  • making production and marketing chains more sustainable.

Development cooperation: the Netherlands and your country or region

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