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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: Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count — important new publication by @sdinet on local slum dweller-led action changing our c…
  • RT @justempower: “#WUF9 helped us to build connections with different government partners, including from the Nigerian government delegatio…
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  • RT @andynortondev: New publication on the #KnowYourCity initiative from Slum/Shack Dwellers International. Challenging assumptions and char…
  • RT @UBUtweets: Retweeted Mariangela Veronesi (@MariVeroUK): Inspiring story: Savita from Pune #MahilaMilan .@sdinet says... https://t.co/d…
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  • RT @MariVeroUK: It’s a wrap! What an amazing #WUF9 full of great synergies/learnings, lots of ppl working for #Rightothecity #righttohousin…
  • RT @CitiesAlliance: "To use global agreements to frame your local actions..., use your campaign to engage with local private sector.., and…
  • RT @NayokaMartinez: Glad that the partnerships we have with @sdinet @HuairouConnect @CitiesAlliance enable us to work directly with slum dw…
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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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