Know Your City: Community-Collected Data at WUF7

There has been a lot of talk at World Urban Forum about data as a tool in the creation of inclusive cities. The Know Your City campaign is a critical component in the push for urban data. When the urban poor collect data about their communities they can be key players in the creation of inclusive urban development strategies. Read More

SDI Launches Know Your City at World Urban Forum 7

SDI's World Urban Forum activities will launch the Know Your City Campaign - a global campaign for gathering citywide data on slums as the basis for inclusive partnerships betwen the urban poor and local governments. Every household, every neighborhood and every informal settlement has to be counted. The campaign will be officially launched at the SDI networking event on Tuesday 8 April.  Read More

City Finance That Works For and With The Poor

Flows of finance and the systems that perpetuate resource distribution are inherently weighted against inclusion of the poor.Community-based urban poor federation members and support professionals from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Bolivia came together in late 2013 to discuss citywide models for urban finance.  Read More

Sharing Data: Getting to 'Know Your City'

Data collected by organised communities of the urban poor is a powerful tool in their negotiation with city officials and donors. The profiling process creates a layer of information on the locality of poorly served communities that can be used to generate a city planning and service delivery strategy that addresses poverty more effectively than the conventional administrative format. Read More

Communities Collect Data to Break City’s Impasse

Initial findings of the Kampala Federation's citywide profile are unprecedented, suggesting extreme levels of inequality & exclusion across the city. Nearly 70% of slum settlements have faced eviction threat, with 1.5 million slum residents currently facing high threat of eviction. This kind of data changes the city's engagement with urban poor communities, informing creative implementation strategies for city development.    Read More

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Know Your City: Reflections from the Kampala Learning Centre

At the end of 2013, the Uganda Alliance identified and profiled 62 slums across Kampala, gathering data on land tenure, services, housing, and livelihoods etc in each one. This is the first time citywide slum profiling has been conducted in Kampala and the opportunity for ACTogether and the federation to engage in the formulation and implementation of city plans is significant.  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...

We Count: Settlement Profiling in Nairobi, Kenya

Informal settlements remain excluded in the citywide planning agenda. The result is that high costs are used to justify why cities fail to install water, sewerage & drainage facilities or plan land use for slum areas. To address this, the Kenyan federation of slum dwellers generates accurate data on informal settlements to influence planning & decision making processes & build inclusive cities. 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