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Uttaran: Integrated Approach to Transfering Khas Land, Skills and Assets

Uttaran’s project has been implemented in two phases. The first phase directly supported 12,000 beneficiary households (BHHs) for 3 years. Upon completion of the first phase in early 2012, Uttaran is currently directly supporting an additional new batch of 15,000 BHHs for another 3 years. Phase 1 BHHs will continue to be monitored and supported by Uttaran on a needs-basis, and all eligible households from Phase 1 and Phase 2 will benefit from the Nutrition Component addition.

Phase 1
Start Date: 1 April 2009
End Date: 31 March 2012

Phase 2
Start Date: 1 April 2012
End Date: 31 December 2015

Project Area
8 Upazilas of Satkhira and Khulna district
See the project areas on Google Maps

12,000 Beneficiary Households (BHH) Phase 1
15,000 Beneficiary Households (BHH) Phase 2

Total = 27,000 BHHs

Years to Graduate
3 years

Budget & Cost per BHH (for Phase 2)
Total budget is BDT 295,565,990
cost per BHH is BDT 19,704
of which direct delivery cost per BHH is BDT 12,380

Total nutrition Budget is BDT 58,258,430
cost per BHH is BDT 2,158
of which direct cost per BHH is BDT 1,950

Key Aspects

  • The Tala model is followed for khas land distribution among extreme poor landless people;
  • The model involves Government institutions to effectively transfer khas land to the extreme
  • poor;
  • The Upazila administration, Union Parishads (UP) and Uttaran will jointly prepare an operation manual for the selection of the landless;
  • Landless people will be invited to apply for khas land using the prescribed application form through a massive publicity campaign;
  • Selection is made through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and priority ranking;
  • Land distribution is made among the eligible applicants jointly by Upazila and land administration, UPs, Land/Water Committees and Uttaran in an open and transparent manner;
  • Recipient land owners will be provided with economic support to make the land and water bodies productive;
  • Adopting a multi-dimensional and partnership approach in implementing the project to provide other support such as WatSan, legal aid and coping mechanisms for the adverse effects of climate change;
  • Female-headed households are given priority, but in the case of male-headed households, both husband and wife will be registered as owners of the land;
  • The project is implemented with the help of four partners and some other stakeholders through a number of interactive training sessions;
  • Out of 12,000 BHH, Uttaran will work with 9,000 BHH directly and 4 partner organisations will work with rest 3,000 BHH.


  • Khas land recovered and distributed resulting in the implementation of Government policies;
  • Reduced corrupt practices related to khas land distribution process;
  • Increased income levels among the landless through capital support and diversified livelihood capacity.

See the works of SHIREE funded project of Uttaran on flickr

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