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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 ...


  • RT @FLON_Namibia: The High Level Roundtable concluded with a shared consensus that the upgrading of informal settlements is possible throug…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: "Poor people are not asking for freebies, but for basic housing services which they can afford," Dr Chitekwe-Biti, Co-Dir…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: Mr Heinrich Amushila, Co-Director, Namibia Housing Action Group, shared a presentation on the example set in upgrading in…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: By presenting images of her house, Ms Elizabeth Amakali addressed the issue on land size allocation, proving that it is p…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: Ms Rose Molokoane, SDI Chairperson, shared best practices of the People's Housing Process in SA, which has through contin…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: "A city can't function without those living in the informal settlements, as they are integral to the functioning of our c…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: Dr Beth Chitekwe-Biti, Co-Director SDI Secretariat, shared the Slum Upgrading Proposal used in Zimbabwe with Government p…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: "Needs of individuals in the informal settlement are not the same as urban needs. Mukuru does not have formal roads as th…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: Key learnings from the Mukuru, Kenya case study presented by Ms Jane Weru, Executive Director, Akiba Mashinani Trust, Ken…
  • RT @FLON_Namibia: Ms Weru further emphasised the importance of developing solutions which are community and end-user focused and concluded…
  • Live from the Cabinet Meeting Room in Windhoek: Namibia President @hagegeingob opening today's @sdinet seminar on i… https://t.co/T4QGtE08Rj


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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