Culture, Informality, Heritage, and Cities: A View From Below

26 Jun 2012

By Sheela Patel, SDI Secretariat / SPARC Culture is Produced by the People Cities are now at the cross roads of making choices in relation with what attributes they concede...

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The Brazilian Urban Context and SDI

25 Jun 2012

By Anacláudia Rossbach, Interacao, Brazil  SDI started its activities in Brazil through the local NGO Interação simultaneously with the beginning of what can be proved to be the most significant transformation...

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Memoirs of a South African Slum Dweller: Chapters I - III

15 Jun 2012

**Cross-posted from The Age of Zinc** Chapter 1 When I arrived at P in 1982 I found myself amongst some of the very poor in our communities. I was lying...

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South Africa

SDI/Makerere University Planning Studio Pushes Ahead

14 Jun 2012

By Skye Dobson, SDI Secretariat The SDI/Makerere University Urban Studio is entering its final stage and things are moving along very well. A smaller selection of Makerere Students are working...

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Financing Sanitation Solutions in Uganda

12 Jun 2012

By Noah Schermbrucker, SDI Secretariat  The relationship between development donor and recipient is by its very nature a tenuous and unsustainable one. The vagaries of donor funding are subject to...

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Living on the Edge: Kenya's Mathare Valley Disaster

07 Jun 2012

**Cross-posted from Living the City blog** By Baraka Mwau, Muungano Support Trust, Kenya On the dawn of Wednesday 4 April, Mathare valley residents in Nairobi woke up to yet another...

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Why Enumeration Counts: Documenting by the Undocumented

06 Jun 2012

Women and men from Pupo community, southern Thailand arrange squares, representing house plots, on paper to visualise how they could group dwellings together. Credit: Chawanad Luansang. **Cross-posted from IIED Blog** ...

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