Urban Livelihoods in Cape Town

30 Dec 2014

Nandipha & Noziphiwo team up to expand the community garden at the Masiphumelele Soup Kitchen.  -- Introduction A national industry which offers public-sector employment to 50,000 economically disadvantaged beneficiaries should...

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South Africa

A Month with Father Jorge: Reflections on South Africa, Zambia, and Namibia

23 Dec 2014

**Cross-posted from the South African SDI Alliance blog** By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of SA SDI Alliance) Father Jorge is one of the longest-standing friends and a much-valued mentor not...

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Community Data for Change ...

10 Dec 2014

Written by: Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE) and Federation for the Rural and Urban...

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Without Power: Mumbai's Pavement Dwellers

04 Dec 2014

With no electricity, kids study under a street light at night.  **Cross-posted from the SPARC/MM/NSDF blog** If you can read this, you’re not affected. For most urban dwellers electricity is...

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Ebola Response from the Sierra Leone Alliance

14 Nov 2014

By Samuel Sesay, CODOHSAPA The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most severe outbreak of the disease in history and has now resulted in over 4,960 deaths and...

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Sierra Leone

Putting K2 and Green Park on the Map: Thoughts on Mapping and the Know Your ...

10 Nov 2014

By Julia Stricker, SDI Secretariat  During a very successful learning exchange focused around settlement level data visualisation and mapping, community members from K2 and Green Park, two informal settlements in...

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South Africa

Zimbabwe and South Africa Support Botswana Fe ...

06 Nov 2014

By Kwanele Sibanda, CORC, South Africa INRODUCTION BACKGROUND OF BOTSWANA The Republic of Botswana is...

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South Africa Supports Swaziland to Engage Government around Upgrading Policy

04 Nov 2014

Last week, a delegation from South Africa travelled to Swaziland to support communities in their work with government around a national upgrading policy currently under review. Read the full report...

Innovative Communal Sanitation Models for the Urban Poor: Lessons from Uganda

27 Oct 2014

This paper describes the construction and management processes related to two toilet blocks in Uganda, one in Jinja and one in Kampala. Designs, financial models and insights into the process...

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Achieving Universal Sanitation: Sharing the Experience of the SDI Affiliate ...

23 Oct 2014

By Diana Mitlin, IIED and Mercy Kamwanja, CCODE (Malawi)   Achieving universal access to sanitation is going to take a lot. In the urban context, high residential densities and extremely...

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Community Savings: a basic building block in the work of urban poor federations

21 Oct 2014

This paper describes the community savings groups that are the foundation of many federations of slum/shack dwellers/homeless people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It reports on discussions with federation...

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Academic Partnerships to Co-Produce Knowledge

20 Oct 2014

SDI affiliates continued to work closely with academic institutions to co-produce knowledge through undertaking collective planning studios. SDI’s position is that these types of engagements expose students and academics to informal...

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