by James Tayler

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariat

Hello and welcome to SDI’s brand new blog! Shack / Slum Dwellers International (some people say “Shack,” others say “Slum”) is an alliance that has brought together organized poor communities and federations in 30 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as associated professionals.

Our hope is that this blog can serve as a way to keep anyone interested in the work that our federations do — as well as urban poverty in general — up-to-date on the latest SDI goings-on. Moreover, this blog can serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas, news, and strategies, as part of the bigger community online of people working on and discussing the issues SDI affiliates deal with on a daily basis.

Please do not hesitate to comment on anything you see or think about it, share anything from this blog with others. Organizing communities is a piecemeal, difficult process, requiring lots of innovations and improvements every step of the way. This blog will probably go through its own changes and difficulties and we’ll need your help and suggestions to move along that path.