Global Urban Poverty

A critical challenge

Over the past decades hundreds of millions of people have moved to cities in hope of a better future. Yet, every single day, over 100,000 of them end up in an urban slum. By now, 1.3 billion people live in urban poor communities. In 2050 close to 40% of the world's population will live in a slum. 

The Mosaic Model

OUR change model

The Mosaic Model: Addressing urban poverty holistically

Many nonprofit organizations focus on meeting a single need like creating jobs or building schools. We believe that the only way to end urban poverty is to focus on five key areas that address the causes of this poverty.   

  • Holistic: Locally-led Development
  • Fostering Hope: Strengthen Faith Communities 
  • Rebuilding Relationships: Peace Building
  • Justice Oriented: Drive Systemic Change
  • Scalable Solutions: Reproduce and Multiply 

How We do it

Our change model in practice

While a good theory of change is necessary, putting it into practice is what makes all the difference. Learn about how we implement our change model and what types of interventions we use to catalyze lasting transformation.

Measurable Impact

mobilizing local resources

Our work produces tangible, measurable life change in the urban poor communities we're involved in. We measure "transformation" as the growing presence of ten signs of transformation that visibly affect the circumstances of individuals, communities, systems and local cultures. 


Areas of Impact

Mexico city, mexico

We're currently working in several municipalities on the eastern side of Mexico City, an area that has been deemed among the most violent and poverty-stricken regions of the country. 

What Does It Actually Look Like?

10 years of transformation

Check out our video to learn about the last decade of learning and transformational change.