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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

Sharing insights

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: @sdinet West Africa Storytelling for Change Summit kicks off in Lagos! Media-makers from urban poor Federations in Benin,…
  • RT @justempower: The Nigerian @sdinet alliance hopes to learn from the Namibian example to see how to strengthen security of tenure for the…
  • RT @enyo_okoko: community effort to see upgrade in there community, dwellers of Ibitem polo community PH came togethe to join resources and…
  • RT @KnowYourCityTV: This is a business mostly dominated by the Hausas (Hailing from the Northern part of Nigeria). It has been running in N…
  • See this Instagram photo by @knowyourcity.tv https://t.co/clbNgzfBDg
  • RT @justempower: The foundation of @NaijaFederation is community savings groups like this one in #Igbologun — @EOsobe visits to check their…
  • RT @mukuruYI: "Crime si kama stage ya adolescent ati ni lazima upitie" Shaddy from Kibera. This is the best advice ever from a fellow youth…
  • @elisa_jkt @Right2CityGP @urbaMonde @LandAllianceInc @CoopHousingIntl @GroundedNetwork @fundasalsv @WorldHabitat… https://t.co/i3AjCJzSed
  • RT @justempower: Community planning “notice boards” go up in #AgoEgunBariga Lagos — creating spaces for sharing information, building momen…
  • RT @NaijaFederation: The Nigerian slums/informal settlement federation organise a training on Solar/Streetlights Training for everyone. Due…
  • RT @justempower: @NaijaFederation convenes training on basic #solar installation in Lagos — from rooftop household systems to solar streetl…


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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