The South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centered development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. Click on the logos from each of the four primary partners in this alliance to learn more.
NGO that supports the social processes of community-based organizations that want to work for themselves, by facilitating engagements with formal actors like the State.
A women-led nationwide federation practicing daily savings, enumeration, pragmatic partnerships with the State, community-led housing development, land acquisition & informal settlement upgrading.
The Informal Settlement Network (I.S.N) is a bottom-up agglomeration of settlement-level and national-level organizations of the poor at the city-wide scale.  
A formal bridging finance institution, which provides loans for community-led initiations regarding house construction, land acquisition, and incremental informal settlement upgrading.

Together We Can Achieve More: Solidarity as a Key to Community Building

The following narrative is part of a broader and in-depth documentation of the Ruo Emoh project. This documentation includes a video and booklet and is the result of collaborative efforts between the SA SDI Alliance, People’s Environmental Planning, UCT & University of Basel Master students (part of the City Research Studios hosted by African Centre […]

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Restarting and Regaining Momentum: The Persistence of the Ruo Emoh Community

By Mariel Zimmermann and Jaclyn Williams (on behalf of CORC) Looking back at the two decade history of the Ruo Emoh housing project, we outline the primary political and social challenges the community faced and how they overcame these obstacles together. The main takeaways from the success of the Ruo Emoh housing project allow us […]

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