In February, youth from South Africa, Kenya, India and Uganda came together in Cape Town. Exchanges such as these inspire changes in individuals and communities that we cannot possibly predict, reaffirming SDI's approach to learning: Bring people together, let them create new knowledge, develop their own insights, reaffirm their own value, develop new strategies, and figure out how to implement. Read More
In December an SDI Core Team meeting, comprising of key federation leaders, took place in India. An agreement emerged to establish an Executive Committee drawing from the existing Core Team. The terms of reference of the Executive Committee will be ratified at the next SDI Board and Council meeting. This newsflash reports on key updates and discussions that took place. Read More
In 2014, the Mombasa county government began development of a Strategic Integrated Urban Develop Plan. Recognising the Kenay SDI Alliance's unique skill set of mapping urban settlements and infrastructure, the County Government requested their support to develop the city spatial analysis. A significant impact of this partnership has been the recognition of slums as part of the city’s fabric and, therefore, part of future development ... Read More
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When young Abel is first entrusted with the family boda boda it isn’t too long before things go wrong. We follow Abel on his quest through the city and in the process gain an insider’s view of urban Africa, its underworld and the generation gap between urban migrants and their first generation children. Read More...
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...
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...
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...
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).
In 2014, SDI won the Skoll Foundation's Award for Social Entrepreneurship. This short film was produced by Skoll to highlight SDI's work.
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