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Sharing Knowledge from the Bottom-Up: SDI visits Cape Town Learning Center

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) Horizontal learning exchanges form a significant pillar of bottom-up knowledge sharing and a mobilisation tool used by informal settlement dwellers across the Shack/ Slum Dwellers International network. Exchanges are a development tool, which “help people deal with the root issues of poverty and homelessness and work out their […]

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SA Alliance in Botswana: Building a strong urban poor Federation

By Kwanele Sibanda (on behalf of CORC) For the Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) network, horizontal exchanges between savings groups and communities present an opportunity for bottom-up learning and mutual support. While each SDI affiliate shares the same tools and practices for community organisation and people-centred development, the use of these tools is shaped […]

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Alliance and Community Architects Network plan inclusive cities in Philippines

By Andiswa Meke (on behalf of CORC) From 16-23 June 2015, the SA SDI Alliance joined community designers and architects for the third regional workshop of the Community Architects Network (CAN) in Metro Manila, Philippines. The Alliance team consisted of 3 FEDUP and ISN community members who are involved in managing community construction as well […]

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Minister Sisulu appoints Rose Molokoane to Council of Social Housing Regulatory Authority

The South African SDI Alliance, together with SDI, is excited to announce that last week national minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu appointed Rose Molokoane to the Council of the South African Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA). Molokoane is founding member and national co-ordinator of the SA Alliance, the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor […]

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FEDUP’s Women-Driven Data Capturing

By Anni Beukes (cross-posted from SDI Secretariat) Last week, the South African SDI Alliance’s Data Capturing Team reported back to the South African Federation’s (FEDUP) community leaders in Cape Town on their work over the past eight months. This team have not only assisted in co-designing and beta testing of some of the key features […]

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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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Urban Livelihoods in Cape Town

By Ariana K. MacPherson (cross posted from SDI blog) A different approach to livelihoods  A national industry which offers public-sector employment to 50,000 economically disadvantaged beneficiaries should have a profound impact on the livelihoods of poor informal settlement dwellers. The Department of Environmental Affairs Working for Water Program (WfW) is therefore a primary target for […]

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Savings Symposium: Strong Savings Make Us Alive

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) From 23-29 November 2014 the SA SDI Alliance and SDI affiliates from Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe gathered for a weeklong savings symposium in Cape Town to strengthen the Alliance’s savings practices. The group of 80 community and youth leaders discussed the power of savings for organising communities, leveraging […]

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