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  The Global Action Plan consolidates a collective partnership vision of creating Cities for All. It informs a political process for broader engagement and stronger commitments to slum and informal settlements’ transformation, for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Global Action Plan

From Recovery to Resilience: this piece highlights how federations of the urban poor across the world have been supporting their communities and working with local governments and stakeholders to implement effective, scalable solutions to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in informal settlements. Through a partnership supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Cities Alliance, and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) were able to channel much-needed resources to organised communities of the urban poor in 17 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to facilitate these processes. The examples included in this publication highlight how urban poor federations have the information, knowledge, and skills to work with government and other stakeholders to implement effective, scalable solutions to chronic and acute urban challenges. Click here to view the publication. 


In the last two decades, organisations of the urban poor in many countries in the global south have built their collective capacity to lead and improve the quality of their life in cities. Community leaders continue to build capability to adapt and respond to existing challenges like evictions and confront new ones like climate disasters and the covid pandemic. Mapping the adaptive capacities of local communities by the local leaders themselves can be a game changer to rebuild the leadership and organisations from within. In this paper, community leaders map their very own capacities in six SDI country federations in Africa. By focusing on the practice of community saving they show how their individual and collective capacities in one context can be used for the benefit of communities in similar context elsewhere. This practice of ‘mapping local capacities’ motivates local leaders to do what they already do better and makes the case for why there is a need for increased investment for building leadership within informal communities.


2019-2020 Annual Report from SDI's Namibia Alliance, comprised of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) and Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG).

The annual report highlights that private sector, government and local authorities are increasingly supporting the community-driven process of NHAG/SDFN to tackle the obstacles of informal settlements. The report shows an increased interest of Local Authorities to collaborate with communities organized by SDFN. The increasing emphasis on ‘peoples housing solutions’ in Namibia has led to the growth, acknowledgment of local initiatives and innovations led by NHAG/SDFN. We thank all stakeholders for your kind contribution to improving living conditions of low-income communities.