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What difference does saving make to the urban and rural poor?

How can saving impact poor communities and influence inclusive development practice? On a recent visit to Manchester’s Global Development Institute FEDUP’s Patrick Matsemela responds to these questions by telling his story:   “When I say I was a robber, it was because I had nothing to do. When the Federation (FEDUP) started, I collected scrap metal from […]

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Reflections on re-blocking: Why community participation is key

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) In this blog, the SA SDI Alliance speaks with Nkokheli Ncambele—ISN Coordinator of the Western Cape—to learn about how the participation process functions on the ground during informal settlement upgrading, and in particular, reblocking initiatives . Reflecting upon the Alliance’s early experiences with re-blocking in Sheffield Road (2010-2011) and […]

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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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Alliance mobilises street dwellers & teaches students in Manchester, UK

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) From 8-12 March 2016, the South African SDI Alliance participated in a learning exchange in the United Kingdom with students at the University of Manchester and community organisations in the Greater Manchester area. Members of the of the South African SDI Alliance, community leaders Nkokheli Ncambele (ISN), Alina […]

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From Nairobi to Cape Town: Learning about Upgrading and Partnerships with Local Government

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) From Ghetto informal settlement in Nairobi, the Kenyan SDI Alliance together with an official from the nearby Kiambu County Government visited the South African SDI Alliance on a learning exchange in Cape Town from 22 – 25 February 2016. Community leaders and an official from Ekurhuleni Municipality, near […]

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Community Voices: “In Tambo Square, residents did not give up”

By Tambo Square community members (on behalf of ISN) This blog was written by the community of Tambo Square in Mfuleni, Cape Town, namely: Babalwa Sabe, Nomaphelo Voyi, Nosikolise Swaphi,Asanda Kumbaca,Nokubonga Stefans,Lindiswa Lufefe,Ntandazo Mtshonono, Yoliswa Tsono,Tabisa Matiwane,Stutu Yamani,Nolusindiso Zakaza,Nomaphelo Zakaza,Ayanda Langa,Vangeliswa Sobamba,Phindile Faro and Nkosikhona Bangiso. This is the third blog in the Alliance’s Community Voices series. […]

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From Joburg to Manila City: A Photo Story of Community Architects

By Jhono Bennett (on behalf of SA SDI Alliance) This story covers the 2015 exchange trip between South African delegates from the SDI Network and the CAN Network in the Philippines.   THE EXCHANGE In 2015, a small delegation from the South African Shack Dwellers International Alliance (SA SDI) attended the  3rd Regional Community Architecture […]

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