Basic Services and Infrastructure

While we have made tremendous progress in increasing access to basic services and infrastructure in the last decade, we need to redouble our efforts. Some of the people we serve, still lack services like potable water, energy, improved sanitation, markets, schools, drainage and waste management facilities in their communities among others. Besides that, most of them live in poor housing- that leaks when it rains; lacks proper ventilation, is poorly designed and sometimes inaccessible. Access to land for housing is also a challenge due to dysfunctional land markets that only work for the middle class and the rich.

Our goal is to “increase community access to basic services such as water, sanitation, housing, roads, markets, land, and secure tenure”.

We will use the following strategies to achieve our goal: ! Streamline a rights-based approach on access to basic services and infrastructure ! Partner with financial institutions and other stakeholders to support sustainable approaches to improved access to water and sanitation, access to land and other basic services ! Train more women in construction and management of infrastructure projects ! Deepen poor people’s participation in policy formulation and implementation ! Increase access to information on land and property rights among the poor and low income people ! Promote incremental tenure and regularization of informal settlements ! Deploy innovative methods to community infrastructure financing such as community funds

Our Targets

  • By 2019, 80 % of the communities we are working with should have potable water and sustainable sanitation
  • By 2019, 80 % of the communities we work with should have well planned settlements with better prospects for orderly development and slum prevention
  • By 2019, at least 8, informal settlements regularized and their people have secure tenure
  • By 2019, at least 60 % of infrastructure projects are funded jointly by community self-generated resources and other stakeholders
  • By 2019, at least 200 women trained as community contractors are successfully managing infrastructure projects
  • By 2019, at 50 % of households have improved access to decent housing (mainly those with predominantly poor or without housing) and 1,000 households have accessed land through innovative methods
  • By 2019, at least 50 % of the adult population in the communities we are working is aware of national and local land, housing and infrastructure related policies and bylaws and able to use such instruments to attain their needs

Key Activities

  • Project design studios
  • Setting up and lobbying for financing mechanisms (Community funds and local authority slum upgrading funds)
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Water connections, construction of sanitation units and waste management
  • House modelling and constructions
  • Construction and infrastructure management and monitoring trainings
  • Trainings and mentoring for women community contractors
  • Setting up and operationalization of infrastructure services commit


More people with improved access to basic services and infrastructure and living in secure and safe neighbourhoods.