Gugulethu, Cape Town
In March 2010, the Barcelona Community Task Team, in collaboration with CORC and ISN, conducted a household enumeration in the community as a way of getting the actual data about the life of the people who stay on this rather inhospitable land strip. The main function of this enumeration initiative was to equip and strengthen the Community Task Team in their negotiations with the city government about service delivery (through pilot projects) and also to enhance more community participation in the newly introduced slum upgrading approach.
This community realised the need for some improvements in terms of water supply and shack improvement whilst waiting (with no clarity about a time frame and no certainty) for a better house from the government. As in two previous enumerations conducted under the Cape Town pilot scheme, the enumeration has been pivotal as it helped to bring on board all the active parties towards getting a collective way forward in community developmental issues. As a mobilisation effort, the exercise also facilitated the introduction of the concept of community (daily) savings.