The Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee is UPPRs highest governing body. Chaired by the Secretary of the Local Government Division (LGD) from the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, the Committee consists of representatives from the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), the UK Government, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and elected members of the Pourashavas and City Corporations.
The Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress against expected results, to ensure coordination with other projects and to provide policy guidance. The Committee reviews and approves UPPRs progress reports and annual work plans.
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is a public sector organization under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives. LGED works in a diverse range of programs such as construction of roads and bridges, social mobilization, empowerment and environmental protection. The objectives of LGED’s development activities are to improve the socio-economic conditions of Bangladesh and to promote labor-based technologies in order to create job opportunities at the local level. Furthermore, LGED maximizes the usage of local materials in construction and maintenance in order to achieve optimum quality in a cost-efficient manner. LGED hosts and executes UPPR at the national level and is a member of the project’s Steering Committee. For more information, please visit: www.lged.gov.bd
The UK government’s active work to end extreme poverty is led by its Department for International Development (DFID). DFID works in 28 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East focusing on various areas such as education, health, governance, climate and environment, water and sanitation. The UK government is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the effective and transparent implementation of UK aid. It supports many organisations that work to fight poverty. The UK government works closely with the government of Bangladesh and its development partners in order to ensure strong delivery of aid for the poor. As such, the UK is the main donor of UPPR and a strategic partner, guiding and ensuring achievement of UPPR’s long-term objectives and desired changes in the lives of the urban poor in Bangladesh. For more information, please visit: www.gov.uk/world/bangladesh
UNDP is a knowledge-based development organization that supports national objectives and internationally agreed goals (including the Millennium Development Goals). Over the past decades, UNDP has worked with the government and other bodies to produce transformational results in areas of poverty reduction, democratic governance and environmental protection as well as disaster management and climate change. UNDP’s work in poverty reduction emphasizes the importance of inclusive economic growth. Whether by mobilizing urban poor communities to access public services or building the savings and skills of impoverished rural women, UNDP seeks to ensure that the poor are not a burden on Bangladesh’s growth, but are a central and contributing element in it. In addition to working in close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP manages the implementation of UPPR with support from UN-HABITAT and may other partners. UNDP works together with the Bangladesh Government to create an enabling policy-environment that responds to the needs of the poor urban communities. For more information, please visit: www.undp.org
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. Mandated by the UN General Assembly, UN-HABITAT aims to develop cities and towns that are not only environmentally and socially sustainable, but also capable of maintaining safe shelter for all. UN-HABITAT works with different towns and communities across the globe to promote better livelihood and living conditions, as well as to implement feasible and long-term solutions. UN-HABITAT provides technical support to UPPR on implementing the Settlement Improvement Fund to improve the living conditions of households in the 24 Pourashavas and city corporations where UPPR operates. In addition, UN-HABITAT provides the necessary technical advice on land tenure and housing as well as the support to communities to manage community banking (savings and credit groups). For more information, please visit: www.unhabitat.org