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 Access to services such as safe water and sidewalks in urban slums have improved the lives of millions across Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh


UPPR began its work in 2008 in coordination with its institutional partner, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Government of Bangladesh. In the 23 towns and cities in which UPPR works, it does so jointly with the Municipality or City Corporation. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) managed the implementation of the project, and UN-Habitat supported the component that works on improving the infrastructure and living conditions within the towns. Beyond the contributions of these actors, UKaid provided the majority of funding for the project.

Urban poverty in Bangladesh is commonly understood as a chronic, complex and problematic phenomenon related firstly, to a lack of skills and capacity for adaptation among a recently urbanized population, secondly, to the capacity and willingness of towns and cities to provide space for housing as well as public services appropriate to ever expanding number of urban citizens.

By developing the capacity of three million urban poor to plan and manage their own development, UPPR has worked to enable the poorest within the nation’s urban slums to break out of the cycle of poverty. UPPR aimed to reduce income and human poverty through the following four areas:

1. Urban poor communities were mobilized to form representative and inclusive groups and prepare community action plans;

2. Poor urban communities were supported to have healthy and secure living environments;

3. Urban poor and extremely poor people acquired the resources, knowledge and skills to increase their income and assets; and

4. Pro-poor urban policies and partnerships were supported at the national and local level.

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