UNDP National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme
Supporting the empowerment of low-income households in informal urban settlements in Bangladesh
Rapid, uncontrolled urbanization over the past decades has resulted in large informal settlements (slums) around the major cities of Bangladesh. The settlements are formally illegal so the households are unregistered and “invisible” to the municipal authorities. They consequently struggle with deficient infrastructure and services, and have difficulty in exercising their rights such as property ownership, financial inclusion and access to education.
UNDP, in collaboration with the government of Bangladesh and municipal authorities, is registering, surveying and coordinating the delivery of new opportunities and empowerement to up to 6 million beneficiaries in 35 towns and cities across the country. The specific interventions include the set-up of locally-managed savings and credit schemes, the reconstruction of small-scale community infrastructure, capacity trainings for productive employment for poor girls and women, small-scale business grants and conditional stipends to foster female secondary school attendance and combat early marriage.
Field Buzz software is used throughout the programme to track the various activities on the ground, from registering the households and making them “visible” to authorities, then recording their participation in the various interventions, all the way to managing the delivery of the loans and grants and following up on the beneficiaries over time.