In an attempt to reduce poverty in Bangladesh, the government recently appointed Mott MacDonald, an international multidisciplinary consultancy, to support three development projects. These projects will increase income and reduce poverty by providing better vocational opportunities to Bangladeshis.
The Asian Development Bank will finance these projects. The consulting firm will design and supervise services for the Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project. These projects will promote resource development, agriculture, environmental protection and management, climate change projects, capacity building and gender equality projects in Bangladesh’s northwest and southwest regions. Moreover, the project aims to enhance the standard of living in rural areas by providing residents access to social services such as health, education and widening access to markets. Mott MacDonald is also providing technical and management consultancy services to link remote communities to highways, develop irrigation and water resources and offer economic opportunities through farming.
Of late, Bangladesh has seen to be as progressing as South Asia’s business hub with unprecedented growth in the industrial and trade sector. The government’s plan to hire Mott MacDonald signifies Bangladesh’s willingness to develop its infrastructure to facilitate long-term growth. By improving infrastructure, the country aims to increase household income by almost 75%, enabling more than a million people to benefit from the project.