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Bangladesh

People's Republic of Bangladesh

Asia

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Geography

Area: 143,998 sq km

Occupying the delta and floodplains of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers, with high rainfall and frequent flooding.

Population: 164,425,491    Annual Growth: 1.43%

Capital: Dhaka

Urbanites: 28.1%

HDI Rank: 146 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 423 (88% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Bengla; English also used    Languages: 46 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians1,085,2080.663.1
Evangelicals633,4670.43.6
Muslim146,355,13089.01 

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Progress in the fight against poverty has been made. The thousands of NGOs operating contributed immeasurably to this. Bangladesh is now the furthest along of all South Asian nations toward meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015 (focused on poverty reduction, education, etc). Micro-credit has been the flagship strategy for this progress.

Challenge for Prayer

The cycle of poverty will perpetuate itself until fundamental changes occur. Pray for long-term, penetrating transformation in the following areas of desperate need:

a) The economy is sorely underdeveloped. Bangladesh has little infrastructure, very few natural resources, and therefore affords few ways of making an income. Most people work in agriculture or textiles for scandalously low wages. The majority of Bangladeshis live in gripping poverty, with a very small wealthy minority.

b) A solid social foundation for progress is lacking. Education levels are low (but improving), and overpopulation creates problems in a nation already wanting in land, resources and employment opportunities. Women have been the backbone of micro-credit success (80% of households participate in benefits from micro-credit), yet often suffer undignified and inequitable treatment.

c) A frightening vulnerability to changes in climate and economy. With such widespread poverty, a large proportion of income is spent on food. Significant rises in food prices have a devastating effect, but not as devastating as the effect of flooding from swollen rivers and monsoons. With alarming regularity, the nation is made to endure tragic loss of life and property.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Bangladesh.