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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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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 ...


  • RT @sdinet: Jockin’s words will inspire us to action for years to come. #UrbanPovertyFighter https://t.co/sJbUbxEB4P
  • RT @sdinet: Jockin Arputham: The People’s President. #UrbanPovertyFighter https://t.co/uHWxo7WIM2
  • RT @sdinet: Jockin's work lives on. https://t.co/wecY4ifPld
  • RT @sdinet: "Words could not express the pain & sorrow of his tragic death, urging that his legacy be upheld in #SouthAfrica & around the w…
  • "Words could not express the pain & sorrow of his tragic death, urging that his legacy be upheld in #SouthAfrica &… https://t.co/qXcj2EP1wu
  • RT @joinsolidground: We are thankful for the partnership and leadership of Jockin Arputham of @sdinet. He was truly inspirational and his e…
  • RT @MaimunahSharif: On behalf of the entire @UNHABITAT family, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends & col…
  • RT @GlobalTaskforce: The Global Taskforce is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the great visionary Jockin Arputham, president of @…
  • Jockin's work lives on. https://t.co/wecY4ifPld
  • RT @Wanavijiji: Muungano federation celebrating Jockin this morning, and "the Jockinism in us all". @sdinet #UrbanPovertyFighter (s) https:…
  • Jockin Arputham: The People’s President. #UrbanPovertyFighter https://t.co/uHWxo7WIM2


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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