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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: From brutally evicted by their Govt w/ bullets, teargas, & fire... to dancing through Lagos streets yesterday. THIS IS #RE…
  • RT @justempower: PRESS RELEASE: Court finds waterfront evictions unconstitutional; orders consultation & resettlement; restrains further ev…
  • This is Rose Molokoane, a #GlobalPovertyFighter from South Africa who went from a shack in Oukasie to speaking at t… https://t.co/s6Fngm70ow
  • RT @CityLeadersLab: Meet the #urbanexperts from our @naturesustainab panel on #science & #FutureOfCities from @SPARCIndia2 Sheela Patel. ht…
  • RT @justempower: We stand with #OtodoGbame & all the Lagos waterfronts as they celebrate today's victory. Evictions w/out resettlement held…
  • RT @justempower: Chanting "Agbajowo lafinsoya" (unity is our strength) -- the message of @NaijaFederation @sdinet that is helping get #Just…
  • Dispatches from #KnowYourCity TV film & photo workshops with youth from Accra & Lagos https://t.co/FuzqBHxJNU #GlobalPovertyFighters #GPF
  • RT @justempower: Lagos Urban Renewal Agency at our office w/ @FabienneHoelzel & @NaijaFederation reviewing designs for biofil toilets cc @s…
  • Report on the Special Housing Fund in #Nairobi, where Dorice Museti is SDI's #GlobalPovertyFighter |… https://t.co/Ba5AW7OVft
  • RT @justempower: MUST WATCH video from @ajplus on #OtodoGbame #SaveTheWaterfronts @NaijaFederation @bettyabah @OhTimehin @Jane_Samuels @Kad…
  • RT @bhbradlow: If ever a comeuppance for neoliberalism, it will come via housing struggles. Cities are the battleground. Grenfell an emblem…


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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