The 2014-20 indicative programme (€690 million) focuses on 3 sectors:
- food & nutrition security
- education & skills
From 2016, EU aid will align with
- Bangladesh's 7th Five Year Plan 2016-20
- the EU+ joint programming process, together with interested EU+ countries.
In 2014-20 Bangladesh will also receive an estimated €104 million under the Asia Multiannual Indicative Programme to support:
- Alignment and mutual recognition of products standards between the EU and Bangladesh, including environmental, social and ethical standards under the Sustainability Compact.
- Development of a green economy, by formulating and implementing a sustainable consumption and production policy.
- Infrastructure development including climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, sustainable energy and financing for small firms (through the Asia Investment Facility, providing grants to complement loans from other European financial institutions).
- Assistance to Rohingya refugees in the Cox’s Bazar camps.
- Higher education, through ERASMUS+.
In 2020 Bangladesh will receive an estimated under the European Instrument on Democracy & Human Rights for the following goals:
- pursue common agendas for human rights and democratic reform
- build consensus on disputed or controversial areas of policy
- enhance political representation and participation
- enhance the inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society
- increase safety structures for human rights defenders
- counter the worrying trend of shrinking space for civil society
- support activities to promote the issues covered by EU human rights guidelines and the EUs Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
- enhance the rule of law and good governance.
In 2014-20 Bangladesh will receive 15 million under the Civil Society Organisation-Local Authority programme
- increase these bodies' involvement in Bangladeshi policy-making - empowering citizens by voicing and structuring their collective demands.
- support sustainable urban development
- helping civil society bodies and local authorities voice their concerns in regional and international fora, especially the EU's post-2015 Development Agenda.
- developing European citizens' awareness of and active engagement with attempts to improve life in Bangladesh