NIUA has prepared for eleven city-wide poverty reduction strategies for eleven Indian Cities, in association with by various partner agencies under the guidance of UNDP and MoHUPA. The UPRSs focus on improving the living conditions of the urban poor and advancing their quality of life. Emphasis was also laid on providing a broader spectrum of livelihood options for the poor.
The focus of the UPRS was on promoting the following: sub-sectoral strategies aimed at leveraging resources for addressing the needs of the urban poor, participation of the urban poor in the UPRS, pro-poor institutional reforms. The city based initiatives focused on participation and consensus building at the local level formulated and implemented within the framework of national/state development policies and programs especially those dealing with economic and social development and with a pro-poor orientation such as Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Master plans, City Development Plans (CDPs). The lessons learnt during the implementation of the GOI-UNDP project are most relevant to the National Capacity Building for Urban Poverty Alleviation (UPA).