YOUTH: Young. Organised. United. Talented. Hardworking.

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

Action Items from the SDI Core Team

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

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

Deepening Citywide Participation in Mombasa, Kenya

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

[News] Coproduce upgrading solutions w #urban poor as alt to forced evictions, states #Egypt new urban policy #WCDRR http://t.co/jAfMeuxKQL
[Blog] SDI affiliate in #Monrovia undertakes #ebola emergency response programme in partnership w #Liberia govt http://t.co/bHWdaJMjNc
[News] Rose Molokoane appointed to #SouthAfrica Social Housing Regulatory Authority http://t.co/ZTWSX322re @SASDIAlliance
SDI at Second Session of Preparatory Committee for Habitat III - http://t.co/vZDw2Hu8Eo
Announcing the SDI Annual Report 2014-15 | Know Your Federation - Know Your City - Improve Your City - http://t.co/mkgirjtm1g

Latest Blog Posts

The Boda Boda Thieves

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...

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...

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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