Achieving universal access to sanitation is going to take a lot. In the urban context, high residential densities and extremely low incomes add to the challenge. What is already evident is that new approaches will be required, and that partnership between organised communities and their local governments ... Read More
During a very successful learning exchange focused around settlement level data visualisation and mapping, community members from K2 and Green Park, two informal settlements in Cape Town, created digital maps of their neighbourhoods. This process is about gaining intimate knowledge and understanding of one’s settlement and being able to share this knowledge with authority. Read More
This year, SDI launched an initiative called, Know Your City in partnership with the Cities Alliance and United Cities and Local Governments Africa (UCLGA). The initiative has generated a lot of attention, particularly following its launch at the World Urban Forum in Colombia. But what does it ... Read More
SDI is pleased to announce the 2013 - 2014 SDI Annual Report. For SDI, the past year has been the culmination of a multi-year process to achieve citywide scale in all regions where we work. We are presenting this annual report under the theme Know Your City because it serves as a bridge from where we have been as a network, to where we are heading next. ... Read More
A citywide register of informal settlements is a comprehensive list of all informal settlements in a city detailing population, area and access to basic services. While the value of a citywide register of slum/informal settlements may be desired and appreciated, developing such a register is no easy feat. When communities ... Read More
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The Sierra Leone Federation of Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP S/L) and their support NGO are vital to supporting the government and other agencies to reduce and prevent the spread of the ebola outbreak, given their position and trust within slum communities across Freetown and other cities. Read More...
Jockin Arputham, president of SDI received a warm welcome from the South African Alliance in Cape Town. He spent the day with community leaders in Khayelitsha and with representatives of the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Province. Jockin spoke about the power of savings and the Indian Alliance’s partnership with the Municipality of Greater Mumbai. Read More...
For actors and institutions concerned with the economic and social well-being of humanity, urban development is increasingly recognized as the major lacuna of fighting poverty, managing climate change, and generating inclusive growth. Within our network, we are transitioning to a new scale of activities and beginning to get recognition in our cities, countries, and at the global level for what we do. Read More...
This short film, made by SciDev Net, explores the work of the Ugandan SDI Alliance in Kampala's slums. It shows how the Alliance is using SDI tools to ...
Slum Dwellers International serves as a platform where governments and slum dwellers engage as partners in urban development. Together, they can co-produce cities that include the poor.
Know Your City is a call to action for cities to know their people, know the poverty and plight of the poorest and work together to bring about ...
Key protocols for informal settlement upgrading, as seen in the work of national urban poor federations of Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI).
A brief profile of Dharavi, one of the largest informal settlements in the world, situated in the city of Mumbai, India.
After a fire in March 2009, the community of Joe Slovo rebuilt hundreds of shacks in their settlement, uniting residents and catalyzing a city-wide upgrading process.
Members of the Ghana Federation of the Urban Poor, supported by People's Dialogue Ghana, unite around savings and enumerations to engage local government and stave off evictions in ...
When thousands of people are displaced in Kibera, Nairobi, the local SDI affiliate draws on lessons from the Indian SDI Alliance in developing a response in partnership with ...
How can organised communities make meaningful contributions to the struggle for inclusive cities? Slum Dwellers International highlights key practices for slum dwellers to engage in this process.
The Zimbabwe Homeless People's Federation unites people to improve living conditions through community-driven savings schemes, enumerations, exchanges and training.
Facing threat of eviction, members of the SDI alliance in Tanzania saved money collectively and negotiated with government for land.
The Community Land Information Programme (CLIP) mobilises community around data collection and analysis, providing leverage in negotiating with government to improve living conditions.
The Homeless Peoples' Federation Philippines (HPFPI) uses savings and community-driven processes as tools to address challenges faced by the urban poor.
Sheela Patel, director of SPARC India, discusses the process of community-driven in situ slum upgrading in the city of Pune, in Maharashtra, India.
After a community-wide enumeration, backyard shack dwellers in Manenberg, Cape Town unite to form savings groups and mobilise for improved living conditions.
Community members in Jinja settlement initiate a community-wide enumeration, halting evictions and allowing the community to negotiate with local government for nearby land.
Garbage collectors (zabaleem) in Cairo, Egypt recycle and trade roughly 80% of collected waste. Recently, this decades-old resource recovery system has come under threat.
SDI Board Member and executive director of Kenyan support NGO Jane Weru speaks about her work in Kenya and recent award from The Rockefeller Foundation.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Slum Dwellers Federation. On the 12th of December the Federation will host a celebration, slum dwellers market, Urban Poor ...
Settlements Under Siege
“Getting to the toilet at night is very difficult,” says Doris, “We come to the bush, and it is very risky. If you do not come with two or three people, it is a rape case that will never be reported. As women we are in a very, very risky place...” Residents of Mukuru, a belt of slums home to ± 1 million people, have been under threat of eviction for years. Because the settlement sits on private land it is outside the orbit of government’s jurisdiction for infrastructure improvements, meaning quality of life is exceptionally hard. SDI traveled to Mukuru to speak to women there; to find out how they are taking the matter into their own hands. Read More
Federations at Work
Spotlight on Slum Upgrading
The community of Kinawataka, Kampala, took it upon themselves to upgrade living standards in their neighbourhood. They formed a federation, and enlisted members to work & save together towards common goals. After enumerating & mapping structures, surveying the slum's demographics, they had enough to make informed decisions. Federation leaders decided that it was imperative that a public sanitation facility be built to service the 900+ families living without sanitation. Read more about this process here! Read More
Spotlight on Community Planning
Community-driven settlement profiling, enumerations, & mapping are practices that SDI federations have developed over decades. They are valuable tools in negotiating for equitable resource flows from the public & private sector to urban poor communities. At a workshop in Nairobi, federations from Africa & Asia discussed the purposes, systems & impact of profiling. By creating a “slum dweller perspective” on city planning processes, federations are equipped with the necessary tools to become co-producers of the urban future. Read More