SDI is a global network of slum dwellers driving a collective, bottom-up change agenda for inclusive and resilient cities.

What we do

Local voices share stories of resilience and change from slums around the world.

Stories of change

Bringing slum dwellers' rich lived experience and knowledge into research, policy, and development work.

Knowledge hub

Explore our data collected in over 5,000 slums in more than 18 countries across the global south.

Data portal

Explore our network

Learn about the long and rich history of our social movement in each of the countries in the SDI network.

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Explore our data portal

Dive into our Know Your City (KYC) portal, home to community-collected slum data from over 5,000 slums in more than18 countries across the global south.

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Explore our knowledge hub

Explore our growing collection of research and evidence reports that bring decades of slum dweller experience and knowledge into advocacy, policy and development work.

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Know Your City TV (KYC.TV) mobilises young people in slums to make media that makes change. We believe in the power of art, story and creativity for social impact. Explore our work here.

A Tribute to Jockin Arputham, late president of SDI
KYCTV 31 Oct
Exploring models for delivering universal basic solar energy services in informal settlements
KYCTV 25 Oct
Know Your City Campaign Launches in Dakar
KYCTV 28 Jun
Indian SDI Alliance Solar Energy Installation in Mumbai
KYCTV 17 Apr
“What you see is qualified leadership.”
KYCTV 20 Mar
Ghana Federation Tests SENSEMAKER Tool for Slum Data Collection
KYCTV 21 Sep