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Urban Poor Fund International

The Urban Poor Fund International is a subsidiary of Shack / Slum Dwellers International that provides capital to member national urban poor funds. The Fund is established on the proposition that the poor are central actors in urban development and poverty eradication and are best able to decide and co-manage their own urban improvement programs. Giving the poor direct control of capital enables them to negotiate with formal bodies such as government and banks.

Key Focus Areas

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Focus Area Overview

Where we work

Focus Area Content

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Water & Sanitation

The provision of adequate sanitation ...

Public Amenities

Defined as resources or facilities ...

Other Infrastructure

In order to better plan ...

Housing

As a fundamental right, adequate ...

Livelihoods

In addition to the development ...

Land & Tenure Security

Lack of secure land tenure ...


  • Listen to Jane Weru and Ezekiel Rema, our colleagues in #Kenya and many others. This podcast is about complex land… https://t.co/ld7QnKpyMl
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: This morning, FLON will deliver the keynote address at the closing session of the week-long meeting organised by @sdinet…
  • RT @GlobalDevInst: Join us for our conference on Scaling up participatory development in towns and cities of the global South with Vanessa…
  • Check out this trailer from @NaijaFederation media team's feature-length film Legends of the Vagabond Queen.… https://t.co/rye9lI0bXa
  • RT @hohmann_rene: Thanks to @sdinet and its Kenya Team for the visit to Kibera and the new tenements in Nairobi. Impressive testimony for a…
  • RT @justempower: Yesterday @NaijaFederation launched 4 new savings groups to demonstrate to #Senegalese & #Beninios Federations how we save…
  • RT @sdinet: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | 2019 Community-Led Habitat Awards for Africa, an initiative #CoHabitat Network. Share your story to be p…
  • RT @justempower: @NaijaFederation conducting household enumeration in #AgoEgunBariga together with Senegalese and Benin Federations on @sdi…
  • RT @justempower: #MukuruSPA participatory urban planning process discussed in #Arobadade community during Senegal-Benin-Nigeria #KnowYourCi…
  • RT @justempower: #KnowYourCity learning exchange kicks off in Lagos w/ Federations from #Senegal, #Benin, & #Nigeria discussing 1) why we c…
  • Community-Led Habitat Awards 2019 - https://t.co/zWvVzSAsOy


Featured Projects

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Construction of a community hall with water tanks and running water, in George Compound, Lusaka. 

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Incremental housing construction in settlements across Namibia.

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Upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in settlements in Dar es Salaam.

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Construction of ecosan toilets in houses in Lilongwe.

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