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  • Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction

    The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPR) works with communities in poor urban settlements across Bangladesh to improve livelihoods and living conditions. Working in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and UN Habitat, UNDP believes that these communities are best placed to identify their main priorities.

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  • On Help, Advocacy and Power Imbalances
    Mar 30, 2015

    ‘So did you help the people there?’ It is a question that many people in The Netherlands asked me whenever I told them about my research project in Korail slum. Although this well-intended inquiry about the impact of my fieldwork seemed harmless enough, the question started to get on my nerves after a while. Partly because the honest and unequivocal answer was ‘No’. No, I did not help the people ‘there’.

  • Targeting and Fine-tuning Change
    Mar 19, 2015

    How to find a middle ground between destructive cynicism and shallow feel-good philanthropism? It is a question I grappled with ever since I started a degree in development studies. My choice for this subject was driven by a deep-rooted indignation over the grave inequalities that so perversely divide the world we live in. On the one hand I desperately wanted to believe that good intentions mattered and that, unitedly, we could bridge the cracks of injustice.

  • In a Country Well Governed…
    Mar 11, 2015

    The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said: “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of!” Clearly, there is an unmistakable relationship between governance and poverty. For, the act of governing ultimately relates to the distribution of wealth and opportunities.

  • Stuck in Slums: (Im)mobility and Poverty
    Feb 23, 2015

    I saw the wall grow a few inches taller every day. Construction workers with their lungis pulled up over their knees dutifully added layer upon layer of bricks. The erection of the wall was meant to separate the main road from the adjacent slum settlement, Korail, where I was doing my research.

  • Shaping the City: The Role of Urban Policy
    Feb 15, 2015

    Urbanization sometimes seems to be an almost mystic force that shapes, disrupts and ultimately derails our cities according to its own obscure logic. In the face of accelerating urban growth the city makes and remakes itself without taking much account of its inhabitants, planners or rulers.

  • Poverty, Work and the Private Sector
    Feb 2, 2015

    When thinking and talking about poverty reduction, the potential role of the private sector is not exactly the first thing that springs to mind. Probably because reducing poverty is still very much seen as an act of charity, deriving from the ostensibly noble desire to ‘help’ rather than the wish to produce economic gain.

  • Unsettling the Digital Divide
    Jan 25, 2015

    If you would ask me today what poverty is, you would probably get an answer shrouded in ambiguity. However, as a child I would have been able to answer in a fairly straightforward manner. For, like most children growing up in the West, I had been taught to think of poverty in clear-cut material terms.

  • Slums: Failing or Flourishing Communities?
    Jan 20, 2015

    Poverty is often said to destroy communities and the ties of mutual trust that hold them together, thereby isolating and estranging people from one another. Isolation, however, is not exactly what characterizes the average slum settlement.

  • Shades, Shapes and Sizes of Women’s Empowerment
    Jan 12, 2015

    In her latest book(1), the Indian activist Anrudhati Roy advocates for going beyond externalities such as ‘burkas’ and ‘botox’ when talking about feminism and women’s empowerment. Gender inequality is not about how women look or what clothes they wear, but about women being coerced – or subtly pressured - into looking, moving or behaving a certain way.

  • The 'Urban' in Urban Poverty
    Jan 8, 2015

    I have always enjoyed cities; the bigger the better. I like to listen to the murmur of the streets; to trace the twists and turns of narrow pathways; to immerse myself in the bustling crowds of people; and, above all, to learn from the great human diversity that the city harbours. Hence, I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with the sociologist Richard Sennett who wrote that the jungle of the city, in all its vastness, has a positive human value.

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  • Revisiting Multidimensional Poverty in UPPR Towns
    Feb 19, 2015

    UPPR’s design is based on the understanding that poverty is more than lacking sufficient income. Poverty can also be reflected in a lack of access to basic services, education, or living conditions. For that reason, to measure progress in reducing poverty UPPR used in 2013 the multidimensional poverty index (MPI).

  • Re-measuring Women's Empowerment in Urban Poor Settlements
    Feb 17, 2015

    In 2013 UPPR undertook a study to measure the empowerment of women involved in community structures set up with the support of the project. The study was based upon a participatory methodology whereby women explained what empowerment meant to them and identified which aspects were most important.

  • Understanding the impact of our grants
    Sep 25, 2014

    UPPR has in its project life disbursed over seven thousand grants under its Socio-Economic Fund (SEF). Urban poor households have received these for education support, small-business development and apprenticeships. Understanding the impact that these grants have had on people is a priority for UPPR. In 2014, UPPR undertook a short term outcome study of both its block grants and apprenticeship grants.

  • Bangladesh & Sri-Lanka: Peer Learning on Community Housing
    Nov 1, 2014

    In June 2014, UPPR facilitated a visit by local government representatives of Bangladesh and leaders of community groups working with UPPR to Sri Lanka.

  • Testing our tubewells water quality
    Sep 10, 2014

    In 2014, UPPR commissioned the NGO Forum for Public Health to conduct a water quality testing study of 1,248 randomly selected tubewells installed by the communities in 21 towns with UPPR's financing.

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