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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 ...


  • SDI Newsletter: February 2020 - https://t.co/8ghBZ3aacM https://t.co/C0QteL0Mj4
  • RT @s_colenbrander: Census staff do not even know that there were pavement dwellers to be counted. Surveyors do not realise that communitie…
  • RT @dee_are_dee: Rose Moloakane from @sdinet – data collected by grassroots groups has great value for tracking progress towards New Urban…
  • RT @engjoemulligan: “we are paying for being poor”... “if you want to build better cities build with people”... build with women” Nicera Wa…
  • RT @IIED: TODAY AT #WUF10: Grassroots-led upgrading at scale: innovations in partnerships & community media from Mukuru, Nairobi --> https:…
  • RT @greencities: "We don't dump things on government. We do our bit, you do your bit." - Sheela Patel @SDInet #WUF10
  • RT @viswanathkv: Jane Adu from Ghana @sdinet talks about experience of housing and migration. At the Women’s Round Table @WUF_10 #WUF10 htt…
  • RT @dee_are_dee: Innovative approaches to community upgrading in Mukuru, Kenya - putting people at the heart of development and climate res…
  • RT @UNHABITAT: Creating cities that everyone can be a part of was reinforced by many speakers at today's dialogue 1. @sdinet's Beth Chitekw…
  • RT @WRIRossCities: “How can I be illegal in my own city?” Rose Molokoane of @sdinet and FEDUP on bridging the gap between the formal and i…
  • RT @CitiesAlliance: "Slum dwellers are citizens with the same rights than any other resident of the city. Rather than looking at them as be…


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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