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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 ...


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  • RT @justempower: Today @NaijaFederation & @sdinet leader Bisola Akinmuyiwa (@bisola8899) presented the #KnowYourCity campaign and community…
  • RT @celine_dcruz: Participatory processes tend to leave the very poor behind. Need to be vigilant about lthis. Seems easier to work with th…
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  • WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT Community-Led Habitat Awards 2019 - https://t.co/PWdE8bQB87
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  • RT @justempower: Next up —> @Wanavijiji film on Kambi Moto Housing Project, to help us imagine what is possible in #Lagos waterfronts @sd…
  • RT @justempower: @NaijaFederation community film screening kicks off in #AgoEgunBariga — films by @sdinet @KnowYourCityTV media teams in #N…
  • Diversity in action - SDI Sect hosts India, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Sourh AFRICA affiliates data teams… https://t.co/4GNUaAKxtv
  • RT @justempower: TOMORROW our @meganschapman will join @leilanifarha and grassroots housing advocates from Kenya and Argentina to discuss l…
  • RT @DAG__activism: We are at the City of #CapeTown #Pickwick transitional #housing site visit, where the CoCT is doing a tour of the build…


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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