UPPR is one of the largest urban development programmes in the world, which has helped over three million people improve their livelihoods and living conditions in just seven years in Banglade
The “Urban Poverty Reduction in Bangladesh: The UPPR Experience – Documentation of UPPR Leaning and Good Practices’ Study was launched at the Regional Exchange on Urban Poverty Reduction in Bangladesh workshop on 20 March 2016 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka.
The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project –UPPR – started in March 2008 and completed in August 2015 and was the single largest urban poverty reduction programme in Bangladesh. It supported the improvement of living conditions and livelihoods of 3 million poor and extreme poor, especially women and girls, in 23 towns and cities in Bangladesh. Funds were provided by UKaid, UNDP, the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and the beneficiary communities.
The ‘Documentation of UPPR Learning and Good Practices’ was commissioned by UNDP/ UPPR Project to document and disseminate key successes and lessons of the project and to support the sustainability of the achievements by Local Governments Institutions and communities.
This Study is the result from an intense set of complementary activities that were implemented over the research period: extensive literature review; interviews of 21 key institutional informants mirroring the multiplicity of actors involved and; interviews of 100 community leaders and members from each of the 23 cities.
From the lessons learned from the various activities and interviews, 11 practices are selected to illustrate the diversity and wealth of the UPPR project. In addition to practices, the study also demonstrates how UPPR has been quite innovative in introducing various specific planning tools, working methods and governance mechanisms that have been significant contributions to the successes of the project.
The study concludes that the tools and practices developed during UPPR are assets for all those striving for reducing urban poverty.
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