What we do

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

Our Theory of Change

SDI’s vision is for resilient and inclusive cities that improve the lives of the urban poor. Click image below to view it's full size.

Featured Stories of Change

Our Focus Areas

SDI seeks to transform slums into resilient neighbourhoods and inclusive cities by collectively driving a women-led, bottom-up change agenda for securing tenure, and increasing access to basic services, housing and livelihoods.

Meet our team

The SDI network is comprised of over 18 affiliates from cities across Africa, Asia & Latin America. Meet the men and women who make up SDI.

Get to know us

Our Governance

SDI is a community-led network. Based on this core principle, our governance structure is comprised of majority slum dwellers at the Council and Board level. Our Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa is responsible for implementing the activities of the network, as determined by the communities.