The Luanda Urban Poverty Programme

The LUPP work to meet poverty reduction strategy goal of halving poverty levels by 2015
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This paper discusses:

  • The work of the Luanda Urban Poverty Programme (LUPP) in Angola;
  • The sectors in which they were involved;
  • Their places of work.

The paper summarizes some of activities that LUPP is involved in:

  • LUPP was the first program to develop and test microfinance models in Angola;
  • It has supported the creation of an independent business development service that is now 100% sustainable;
  • As an approach to reduce poverty within the extremely poor, LUPP has piloted consumer cooperatives, aimed at reducing the cost of six basic products;
  • It has established and tested approaches to, and methodologies for, water and latrine supply, as well as solid waste disposal, with a focus on the hard to access peri-urban areas;
  • In urban governance, it has made significant advances in developing approaches and methodologies for citizen/municipal engagement and dialogue.

Finally, the paper concludes with some of the key achievements of LUPP:

  • Gained the credibility of government partners;
  • Played a role in putting urban poverty high on the public policy agenda:
    • government partners at all levels are now raising urban poverty in open forums;
    • policy makers and practitioners are listening;
    • doors of government are opening at various levels for information, demonstration and lesson learning from the LUPP models and approaches.
  • Opened spaces for state/ citizen engagement, and provided exposure at different levels to participatory approaches to development;
  • Provided practical solutions for poverty reduction and is having a real impact at the household and community level;
  • Empowers ordinary people.

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By Ashton, K.