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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: Ever inspiring Lagos Slumdweller Federation convenes bi-weekly mtg in 4 languages, 22 communities present. Powerful. https…
  • RT @lauramslima: Women at #africastrategyworkshop2016 Jane Adu @sdinet for capacity-building for women so they can have their voice https:…
  • RT @lauramslima: Women at #africastrategyworkshop2016 Hafsa Hassan @sdinet Ghana wishes more slum dwellers engage in decision-making https:…
  • Slum dwellers must drive inclusive urban transformation! #KnowYourCity #NewUrbanAgenda https://t.co/Dh3USxFupy
  • RT @thebeestang: Perspectives of slumdwellers &the politics of informality inthe globalsouth. With Sheela Patel representing @sdinet https:…
  • RT @talekvalvaag: - We are really fed up of being homeless, but we are not hopeless. Rose Molokoane on the need to be partners in #NewUrban…
  • RT @justempower: Darling wears shower cap as household #enumeration in Obidianso waterfront proceeds in the rain! @sdinet @Wanavijiji https…
  • RT @GUFPMilano: Another chance to talk about the #NewUrbanAgenda this Thursday at 6pm. Sheela Patel of @sdinet at The New School! https://t…
  • RT @justempower: Information is power! Port Harcourt waterfronts threatened w/ eviction carry out enumeration to plan 4 alternatives https:…
  • RT @LutwamaMedie: @CitiesAlliance @sdinet "we want to see fair distribution of urban resources to reach the slums" Sarah @ACTogether https:…
  • RT @Right2CityGP: The fight for the #Right2City continues! Sign our petition to show you #SupportRight2City: https://t.co/FZiiwALcdP https:…


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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