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Co(mmunity)-finance facilities as a tool for local democratic space

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) With the 2016 municipal elections around the corner, the relationship between elected representatives and local citizenries could not be more topical. For some, the relationship is a largely passive space, which has lead to mistrust between different groups. For others it is a space that requires the building […]

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Scaling Up Informal Settlement Upgrading: The CODI Model Thailand

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) While the value of in-situ informal settlement upgrading is increasingly recognised by national and global actors, its implementation as a co-productive approach rooted in meaningful community participation is inadequate. An exception, however, is the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI), a finance facility of the Thai government that has […]

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Urban Sector NGOs comment on Human Settlements Draft White Paper

By Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) The National Department of Human Settlements is currently in the process of developing a new White Paper on Human Settlements. This process offers a unique opportunity to address […]

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What is Area-Based Upgrading? A look at UT Wetland Area, Khayelitsha

By Yolande Hendler & Moegsien Hendricks (on behalf of CORC) Over the last ten years South Africa’s human settlement’s sector has seen significant shifts in government approach and policy toward rapid urbanisation and the resulting proliferation of informal settlements. Initially informal settlement policy concentrated on clearing housing backlogs through government subsidised houses in the Reconstruction […]

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Launch of Upgrading at Flamingo Crescent with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Authored by CORC “People said Flamingo Crescent [Upgrading] will never happen. But today is here and this is the proof that it has happened – one cannot do it alone we need to work as a collective!” Melanie Manuel, Informal Settlement Network (ISN) Co-ordinator Last week’s upgrading launch at Flamingo Crescent informal settlement celebrated the […]

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Sharing experiences on building City Funds

By Walter Fieuw (on behalf of CORC) African cities are characterised by informality, as the rapid urbanisation from rural areas are transforming cities. Within informal settlements, residents are investing incrementally in their households, despite the lack of tenure security in many cases. A large gap exists between household investment and government spending on infrastructure and […]

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South Africa SDI visits CODI, Thailand

By Walter Fieuw (on behalf of CORC and uTshani Fund) and Melanie Manuel (ISN and FEDUP) Between 9 – 13 June, the South African SDI Alliance visited a public organisation in the Thai government called the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI) under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. The purpose of the […]

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