Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction

What is the project about?

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

The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPR), funded by UKAID, 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. In particular, UPPR looks to create space for extreme poor women and empower them to make these decisions. Activities include improving the physical conditions of settlements, improving socio-economic opportunities and the development of savings and credit groups. UPPR also works to create a pro-poor policy environment, particularly through the Bangladesh Urban Forum.

What have we accomplished so far?

life in an urban
Frequent evictions mean the poor have to dip into their savings over and over into their savings to buy household assets. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh
  • More than 800,000 households have joined roughly 2,500 community development committees, mostly led by women. 166,000 households are now accessing improved water sources while 143,000 households have new toilets. Over 90% of households report being satisfied with these improvements.
  • More than 88,000 extremely poor women have been supported to set up their own businesses through small enterprise grants. Furthermore, 376,000 households now participate in savings and credit groups with over USD 5 million of savings and USD 3.7 million worth of loans at the end of 2012.
  • UPPR was instrumental in establishing the Bangladesh Urban Forum. This is the only forum where urban sector stakeholders can share their views and shape pro-poor urban policies in Bangladesh.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
Department for International Development of the United Kingdom
$ 9,776,119.40
DFID $ 16,215,518.80
DFID $ 16,654,155.91
DFID $ 14,224,174.12
DFID $ 7,883,486.65
DFID $ 3,676,470.59
DFID $ 3,092,783.51

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2012 $ 21,023,949.59
2011 $ 19,035,938.63
2010 $ 11,667,499.60
Project Overview
Project start date
01 November 2007
Estimated end date
31 March 2015
Geographic coverage
24 towns across Bangladesh
Focus Area
Poverty Reduction
Goal 7, Target 11: a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020
Programme Officer
Ashekur Rahman
UNDP Project Manager
Per Bertilsson
Key partners
BRAC, Care, Coca-Cola, UNICEF, and World Vision.