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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 @justempower: TOMORROW our @meganschapman will join @leilanifarha and grassroots housing advocates from Kenya and Argentina to discuss l…
  • RT @DAG__activism: We are at the City of #CapeTown #Pickwick transitional #housing site visit, where the CoCT is doing a tour of the build…
  • RT @NaijaFederation: We are here at our stand in the Lagos Theatre Festival at Freedom Park, Still pushing forward our petition to #EndForc…
  • RT @DianaMitlin: Communities in Manchester drawing on long established @sdinet practices of community exchanges. Sorry I missed it! https:/…
  • Maria Theresa Carampatana of Homeless Ppl Federation of #Philippines describes a project converting biodegradable w… https://t.co/vJpDnjq168
  • RT @IIED: Dorice from @sdinet is delivering her pitch at #CBA13 about waste management project 'Trash to Cash' for slum dwellers in Mukuru,…
  • RT @NobukhosiN: @The_DHS @UrbanAfricaACC @sdinet @sdinet and FEDUP's Mam' Rose says we need to create a finance mechanism that organised co…
  • RT @IIED: And the winner of the #CBA13 Dragon's Den is Dorice from @sdinet! It's been a great session and congratulations to Dorice and all…
  • RT @IIED: And now the closing panel at #CBA13 with Malcolm Ridout from @DFID_UK, Sheela Patel of @sdinet & the Global Commission on Adaptat…
  • RT @Wanavijiji: 🙌🙌🙌🙌 Today, Muungano's Dorice Moseti—and her waste management idea for Mukuru settlement—was declared winner of the Dragon’…


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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