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.

Seeing from the South: an international exchange with South African shelter activists

By Dan Silver, Diana Mitlin and Sophie King (crossposted from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester) “We are poor, but we are not hopeless. We know what we are doing”. This is Alinah Mofokeng, one of three activists from the South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack […]

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Learning Space: Lessons from the ISN on building a strong social movement

by Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) In 2016, the SA SDI Alliance began a new series of participatory learning spaces intended for FEDUP and ISN community leaders and CORC staff to collaboratively strengthen understandings of government structures, processes, laws, and principles. These sessions serve to equip professionals and community leaders alike with information […]

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