Sanitation Partnerships

Slum dwellers and government officials from Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi met in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe for the annual Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) meeting to explore options to deliver affordable sanitation to the poorest urban citizens. The sheer scale of sanitation demands a “toolkit” of options that are collectively affordable, replicable, and built using partnerships with local authorities. Read More

SDI Receives the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

SDI is increasingly receiving international attention and recognition. The recent Nobel Peace Prize nomination bares testament to this. The Nobel committee nominated Jockin Arputham and SDI for the social progress in improving conditions in cities across the developing world and facilitating dialogue between the urban poor and government authorities. SDI is one of seven innovative organizations receiving the 2014 Skoll ... Read More

Citywide Sanitation Projects in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Tanzania Report on Successes of First Year

SHARE partners have recently published four policy briefs documenting the first year of the SHARE-funded Citywide Sanitation Project in Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Kitwe, and Chinhoyi. In practice this involves creating a scalable, bottom-up model for the development and realisation of pro-poor citywide sanitation, in which the residents of informal settlements engage with their local authority to identify new ways forward.  ... Read More

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

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

RT @SASDIAlliance: [Blog] Read about #Durban & #PortElizabeth community leaders on #sanitation exchange in #CapeTown. @sdinet http://t.co/Y…
[Read] SDI Kenyan affiliate pilots new toilets for schools in Nairobi's slums. http://t.co/uamMkxGutS | @Wanavijiji #watsan #sanitation
Through SDI's Urban Poor Fund International, the #UrbanPoor decide and co-manage their own improvement programs. http://t.co/iMQaF0npTS
RT @GTF2016: Local&Regional Govs celebrate #UrbanSDG #Goal11: Make cities&human settlements inclusive,safe,resilient &sustainable http://t…
RT @SASDIAlliance: A 3 day exchange on Community Construction Management Teams begins in Makhaza, Khayelitsha today #communityplanning http…

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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