Lessons from Namibia: A week with one of SDI’s oldest Federations

by James Tayler

Learning from the Namibia SDI Alliance

This month, SDI co-founder Joel Bolnick spent ten days with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and its support NGO the Namibia Housing Action Group during his overland trip across Africa. These two organisations comprise the Namibia SDI Alliance, one of the oldest and most mature affiliates in the SDI network. There is much to be learned from the Namibia SDI Alliance as they continue to influence urban development policy and practice in through innovative, community-driven practices and a commitment to pro-poor, participatory, bottom-up processes. Click above to follow in Joel’s footsteps from self-build projects in Keetmanshoop to the federation’s National Forum in Windhoek to the precedent setting Freedom Square upgrading project in Gobabis.