Plotting a Better Life in Uganda's Slums

In this video, the Ugandan SDI Alliance explains how SDI is advancing the right to the city through practical action on the ground. Click here to watch the video.      Read More

Achieving Universal Sanitation in Blantyre, Malawi

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

Putting K2 and Green Park on the Map

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

What does it mean to Know Your City?

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 Annual Report 2013-2014

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

Developing a Citywide Slum Register

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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Latest Blog Posts

Community Data for Change

At CCODE/FRUP, we believe that change occurs when people collectively know and understand their problems, because this is how they get to the right solutions that directly address their challenges. We want to empower organisations of the poor with skills and knowledge to generate data about their communities so that they can advocate for change.  Read More...

Without Power: Mumbai's Pavement Dwellers

Despite living without electricity, Mumbai's pavement dwellers pay a high price for energy. SPARC's new Energy Justice Program seeks to better understand and address the urban poor's energy needs.  Read More...

Ebola Response from the Sierra Leone Alliance

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...

SDI President Jockin Arputham Visits South African SDI Alliance

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...

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Latest Video

Settlements Under Siege

In a Risky Place: Women & Sanitation in Nairobi's Slums “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

Improving Sanitation in Kinawataka Market, Uganda 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

Activating Social & Political Change through Community-Driven Slum Profiling 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