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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 @AnweshaTewary: “We are using Ecosan toilets to reduce water contamination during floods, kitchen gardens to ensure food and educating p…
  • Join @sdinet, @HuairouConnect @ #CBA15 P2P training session, 1pm CET today: #Climate 101: Climate information for c… https://t.co/cMXK1yX84f
  • RT @AfricanCities_: "Urban areas need COVID-19 recovery plans that can respond to the ongoing impacts of the virus, tackle the urban povert…
  • RT @AnweshaTewary: Participants’ responses to the top three needs of women in informal settlements at #CBA15 #Whatwomenwant session on June…
  • RT @IIED: NOW AT #CBA15: Locally Led Action Principles - How can we see them driving real impact? Hosted by IIED @HuairouConnect @sdinet…
  • “Grassroots women are the litmus test of all our global rhetoric. If it doesn’t touch them and change their lives,… https://t.co/WFHIskFs64
  • #CBA15: "What Women Want: How grassroots & urban poor women are impacting change" @sdinet & @HuairouConnect share c… https://t.co/vflc3gsCDT
  • RT @dgeorgina: Kicking off day 3 of #CBA15 hearing how grassroots and urban poor women are effectively innovating, engaging & advocating fo…
  • RT @dgeorgina: "What works for women works for the entire community" @sdinet's Sazini Ndlovu shines light on the importance of secure hou…
  • RT @dgeorgina: Shared motorbikes and cars are the most used transport options in informal settlements, putting women's life at risk. Sarah…


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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