This is the third Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) for Bangladesh conducted by the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The two previous ones were conducted in 1994 and 2006. This CPE covers IFAD activities in Bangladesh over a ten-year period, between 2004 and 2014. The CPE assessed the country strategic opportunities programmes (COSOPs) of 1999, 2006 and 2012, and ten projects, five of which had closed and five which were ongoing.
Since 1979, IFAD has financed 31 projects in Bangladesh for a total project cost of US$1.9 billion of which IFAD loans amounted to US$717.2 million, which positions Bangladesh among the top three recipients of IFAD funding in the Asia and the Pacific region and also globally. Cofinancing by other development partners accounted for US$818.55 million, while counterpart contribution from the Government and beneficiaries amounted to US$394.05 million. The country also benefited from activities financed by several country grants supporting research, knowledge management and other initiatives for a total of US$3.9 million. Bangladesh was also covered by several global and regional grants supporting capacity-building and knowledge sharing. The following cofinancers have participated in IFAD-financed projects in Bangladesh: World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Government of the Netherlands, Government of Spain, German Credit Institution for Reconstruction (KfW), Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and United States Agency for International Development.
The IFAD Bangladesh Country Office was formally set up in Dhaka in 2011. It is staffed by a country programme officer (CPO) and a knowledge management consultant.