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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 ...


  • RT @justempower: #TarkwaBay evictees in another island host community on Thursday, while @NigerianNavy continues to hound & harass the few…
  • RT @NaijaFederation: Evictees from Tarkwa Bay now sleeps in the open in neighborhood communities. @justempower @sdinet #savetakwabaydwel…
  • RT @DianaMitlin: Sheela Patel, chair of ⁦@sdinet⁩ Board, discusses power of aggregation to Pruce change in lives of individuals and their c…
  • JOINT PRESS STATEMENT: #Nigeria Navy, acting on "orders from above," forcibly evicts thousands from #OkunAyo and… https://t.co/n3TOWbL3jm
  • RT @justempower: Lives scattered as #TarkwaBay community in #Lagos as @NigerianNavy chases thousands out with less than 1 hours’ notice, bo…
  • RT @justempower: Today we stand with @NaijaFederation to condemn the recent spate of #ForcedEvictions across #Lagos State — #SecondBadagry,…
  • RT @justempower: Voices of evicted Nigerian youth from #TarkwaBay today as they are chased out of their homes by @NigerianNavy — what kind…
  • RT @NaijaFederation: HAPPENING NOW: Otodogbame community evictees supported with other evictees from across Lagos waterfronts march to the…
  • RT @justempower: ALSO ONGOING: #TarkwaBay becomes the 24th island community in #Lagos to be evicted by @NigerianNavy since Christmas Eve. R…
  • RT @iihsin: In Module 9 of #SustainableCities, learn more about urban innovation and the role of community based organisations from Sheela…
  • RT @JeremyDavisIIED: Panel reflections on #DCDays19 #COP25, facilitated by @meganrowling. @ICCCAD @SaleemulHuq @sdinet's Bisola Akinmuyiwa…


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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