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.
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.