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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 ...


  • Yirah Conteh, a federation leader from @codohsapa / #SierraLeone Federation of the Urban & Rural Poor (FEDURP), spe… https://t.co/9QnY9W8qjW
  • RT @IIED: ICYMI: Frontline funds: investing in grassroots-led responses to climate change --> https://t.co/SkKMMW22cI At #LCAW2021 on 30 J…
  • RT @IIED: Sarah Nandudu is national coordinator of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, part of @sdinet. Frontline funds empowe…
  • RT @AnweshaTewary: Sarah Nandudu @sdinet emphasises the strategic investments made through Urban Poor Funds by organised grassroots groups…
  • RT @AnweshaTewary: Sheela Patel @sdinet at #LCAW2021 “Social movements absorb risk, produce peer learning, dialogue and scale solutions by…
  • RT @WSUPUK: "The benefits of a coordinated and localised approach to slum upgrading reaches across the SDGs, responding to, and reflecting,…
  • RT @TerwilligerCtr: "During the pandemic, community support and organizing was critical" says @sdinet's Smruti Jukur Johari. Neighbors help…
  • RT @CitiesAlliance: The @CitiesAlliance / @sdinet global #COVID19 response in #InformalSettlements shows the importance of harnessing the…
  • RT @SPARCIndia2: Mahila Milan leader Bano aapa from Surat distributing Sewing Machines to women whose families' are struggling to earn thei…
  • RT @dana_r_thomson: Community-generated #data by @sdinet is valuable for community mobilisation, advocacy, and upgrading. It is also useful…
  • RT @grp_resilience: #ICYMI, a recent webinar hosted by #RaceToResilience explored how to transform livelihoods with #resilient housing. Th…


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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