This case study, available from www.homeless-international.org/bfg, explores several related issues in Zimbabwe, where a national movement of the urban poor has begun to address poverty and inadequate shelter through grassroots savings and credit programmes, linked into a national federation. These issues are:
1) To what extent are Zimbabwe's regulatory and financial systems compatible with the systems and practices of federations of the urban poor?
2) What is the scope, under current regulatory and financial systems, for an urban poor federation and its NGO partner to access commercial loan finance, particularly on international markets?
3) Are current institutional, financial and governance systems for urban infrastructure and shelter development in Zimbabwe compatible with the systems and practices of an urban poor federation?