The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the Road Network Improvement and Maintenance Project II for a loan of $126 million in November 2003 to help the government of Bangladesh achieve economic growth and poverty reduction.
In 2005, only 44% of the population of Bangladesh had access to electricity at a per capita consumption of 171 kilowatt-hours (kWh), one of the lowest in South Asia. Inadequate energy supply was a key constraint on economic development.
Illiteracy and lack of life skills are major factors behind poverty. Recognizing this, the government of Bangladesh took major strides to eradicate illiteracy in 1991−2000. It funded literacy training for 17 million learners mainly through community-supported centers and with the assistance of nongovernment organizations (NGOs). But as these neo-literates required further training to reinfor