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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City Finance That Works For and With The Poor

20 Jan 2014

By Mara Forbes, Ariana MacPherson, and Noah Schermbrucker, SDI Secretariat Flows of finance and the systems that perpetuate resource distribution are inherently weighted against inclusion of the poor. The inequality...

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Community Savings for Urban Change: Building a Women's Leadership for Slum U ...

19 Sep 2013

Savings groups form the basis of collective action in urban poor communities. The establishment of community savings is a core ritual of the urban poor federation building process, and the...

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10 Years of Okwegatta: A Milestone in Uganda

14 Jan 2013

By Skye Dobson, SDI Secretariat (Uganda) On 12/12/12 the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU) celebrated its 10th Anniversary. From a few savings groups in Kisenyi, the federation has...

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On the Pavements of Mumbai: Finding Hope & Making Change

26 Nov 2012

Pavement dwellings & daily life in Byculla. By SDI & SPARC  In the past month a major event has come to pass for the women who began this worldwide movement...

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Leadership in Philippines' Urban Areas

23 Nov 2012

By Celine d'Cruz, SDI  Celine d’Cruz describes how strong leadership from the Philippines Homeless People’s Federation is helping the urban poor cope with climatic disasters Main points The author describes...

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UN Habitat & Norwegian Government Visit Mukuru Sinai, Kenya

16 Nov 2012

L-R: Joan Clos (ED UN Habitat), Heikki Holmas (Min. Int'l Dev't, Gov't of Norway), and Robert (Muungano leader) tour the Mukuru Green Fields project. **Cross-posted from the Muungano Support Trust...

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Announcing the SDI 2011/12 Annual Report

17 Oct 2012

SDI is happy to annouce our 2011/12 Annual Report, a reflection of where SDI has grown to over the past 25 years. This includes a discussion of SDI's practices for...

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In Tanzania, Reaching the Wider Community Through Improved Sanitation

12 Oct 2012

By the Tanzanian Urban Poor Federation with the support of the Center for Community Initiatives (CCI) Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania with an estimated population of...

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Talkative Mama

09 Apr 2012

  By Skye Dobson, SDI Secretariat "The challenge of a radical democratic practice was both a personal and an organizational one. Group relations had to be reorganized, but individuals had...

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Innovations in Affordable Housing: Amui Dzor Housing Project

02 Apr 2012

  By Skye Dobson, SDI Secretariat  As the world becomes increasingly urban, so too does the challenge for adequate and affordable housing.  No where are affordable housing challenges greater than...

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FEDUP celebrates two decades with a house opening in Orange Farm

30 Mar 2012

Photo: Gauteng Province Department Local Government and Housing **Cross-posted from the CORC Blog** By FEDUP & uTshani Fund  The Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) and the uTshani Fund are...

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