The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) project was originally planned to end by 31 August 2014. However, the project was extended up to 31 March 2015 with a focus on ensuring sustainability of the project’s results by further strengthening the community structures set up under the project auspices and building capacity of local government authorities to manage urban poverty reduction initiatives.
In 2014, the Government of Bangladesh initiated the planning of a national urban poverty reduction programme, targeting 9 million urban poor, to be implemented from 2015 to 2021. DFID, UNDP and the World Bank have expressed interest to provide financial support to this programme. The new programme is intended to build on the experience gained during UPPR imple-mentation, among others. In this context, the extension will allow UPPR and partners to identify approaches for future up-scaling of urban interventions in areas such as tenure and housing; employment generation in cooperation with the private sec-tor; and, local level pro-poor planning.
In late 2014, DFID, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and the Government of Bangladesh have decided to further extend UPPR until 31 Au-gust 2015. Aside from continuing to work on the strengthening of community structures such as the savings and credit groups and Community Housing Development Funds, the extension will allow the project to undertake additional analysis and evalua-tion of its experience that can be effectively disseminated and inform the national urban program. The additional months con-stitute a transition period to a possible future urban programme.