Local governments partner with the urban poor

Today the world will come together to join the fight to end poverty. People living in poverty should be the primary partners of local governments in this fight. UCLG and SDI are committed to developing strong communities, supported by accountable and resourced institutions, to define priorities and work with local governments. This is the only way to fight poverty in a sustainable manner. 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 mean to Know Your City?   Read More

Reflections on the Southern African Hub Meeting

HUB meetings are gatherings that bring affiliates together to collectively set the agenda for the region. They are used as a mechanism to share collective learning, devise targeted support strategies (e.g. exchanges) for individual countries and concretize planning, on a regional scale, for the next period.  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 of the urban poor participate in the developing these registers, ... Read More

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Latest Blog Posts

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...

New Options Needed for Improved Access to Sanitation in African Cities

Thinking outside of existing paradigms holds the greatest promise for African federations anxious to address the need for universal access. Bold steps and new ideas should continue to be trialed and success measured not just in the ability to deliver functional facilities but also by introducing options that enable low-income households to access sanitation at a citywide scale.  Read More...

Regional Learning from the West Africa Hub Meeting in Sierra Leone

Most West African SDI affiliates formed in response to eviction threats. In recent months, evictions have been carried out in various West African cities. From 10-14 February, SDI delegates from West Africa met in Sierra Leone. This meeting focused both on deepening the SDI rituals crucial for federation development and on developing strategic responses to continual threats of eviction.  Read More...

Cities Alliance Voices Support for SDI Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

"SDI has played a critical and positive role in re-shaping the global debate around slums and slum-dwellers, demonstrating that they are not only an essential part of the solution, but also the originators of practical and innovative solutions. SDI forces governments...as well as multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations, to recognize slum dwellers as citizens, neighbours, and future Mayors."   Read More...

Federation Creates Industry & Employment in Jinja, Uganda

Major construction & youth unemployment make training young people in construction a promising venture for the largest poor people’s movement in Uganda, the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU). NSDFU and ACTogether Uganda are in early stages of constructing a production and training centre in Jinja where community members will be trained in the production of low-cost construction materials.  Read More...

Building Partnerships for Resilience & Sustainability from the Bottom Up

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...

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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