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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: BREAKING: Without notice, Lagos State Task Force has started demolishing #EbuteIlaje waterfront, violating court order #Sa…
  • RT @ILMI_Namibia: Exchange between federation members, officials, and academics from Namibia, Kenya, Zambia and Uganda @sdinet https://t.co…
  • RT @uclg_org: Sheela Patel @sdinet we look at what changes institutions should undergo to produce 1conversation betw different stakeholders…
  • RT @urbancampaign: Impressions of the @HuairouConnect side event at the @UNHABITAT #GC26 with many #UrbanThinkers on the implementation of…
  • SDI's Rose Molokoane & Jockin Arputham met y'day @ Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director of @UNHABITAT at… https://t.co/pNH4ySmmBs
  • RT @urbancampaign: Rose Molokoane @sdinet at #GC26 we need to campaign for #TheCityWeNeed ensure #women and #grassroots are heard to implem…
  • RT @FightInequalit1: "Too many governments pick evictions not engagement. But unless you dump us in the sea we'll trouble you from elsewher…
  • RT @urbancampaign: @sdinet & #UrbanThinkers WUC Chair Rose Molokoane at the @UNHABITAT #gc26 partners dialogue on special theme - implement…
  • RT @joelbolnick: Rose Molokoane SA slum dweller, Chair of WUC with Parks Tau ex mayor of JHB and Pres. of UCLG. Just a photo op or potentia…
  • Rose Molokoane addresses Member States @UNHABITAT #GC26, emphasizing need for dialogue w #Nigeria Govt to stem tide… https://t.co/8ohGEFWg4p


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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