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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 @SASDIAlliance: We are pleased to share a story of social and physical impact of re-blocking: California informal settlement, Mfuleni (#…
  • Dorice Bosibori recounts how a wave of eviction threats inspired her to join @Wanavijiji where she learned how to u… https://t.co/EtYazJxZiB
  • MONDAY: @sdinet & @GetZilient host a live discussion on how slum dwellers are working w cities & int'l resilience… https://t.co/zm5jMNStVB
  • RT @GetZilient: Join @GetZilient for a live discussion to find out how slum communities are helping cities & resilience experts with urban…
  • RT @justempower: @joceemycin leads “data for policy advocacy” training 4 @naijafederation members. We’ve been profiling, let’s put our data…
  • RT @justempower: #Orisunmibare informal settlement convenes roundtable mtg w/ Lagos Urban Renewal Agency to discuss next steps in community…
  • MONDAY: @sdinet & @GetZilient host a live discussion on how slum dwellers are working w cities & int'l resilience e… https://t.co/aNuGKYalrn
  • RT @MukuruSPA: “We expect now the county government to come and see what we dream Mukuru will look like" Dorice Bosibori @Wanavijiji @Count…


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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