Practices of women’s saving and lending groups: Bath University students exchange to Cape Town, South Africa

Nabaa Zaynah, Sophie Moody, Kate Hunt, Hien Le (Bath University Students) On the 5th of September, SA SDI Alliance facilitated an exchange between International Development with Economics students from the University of Bath and three Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) savings groups. The exchange took place with three different Federation savings groups based in Philippi […]

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Promoting cleaner cookstoves amongst the urban poor

Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC) For the past year the SA SDI Alliance embarked on a journey to promote clean cooking stoves using biomass fuels with the aim of improving access to clean, efficient, safe, and cost-effective energy technologies that address the wide-ranging manifestations of energy poverty amongst the urban poor. In this pursuit […]

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“We are poor, but not hopeless”: Youth mobilisation in Orange Farm, Johannesburg

Collaboration Saving Scheme (on behalf of FEDUP) One of the landmark projects of the collaboration youth saving scheme is the street naming project in Orange Farm, Johannesburg. We have taken upon ourselves to name streets in our community. The naming of streets project is a response to the difficult of navigating the settlement. This project is […]

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PRESS STATEMENT: Signing of a MoA with eThekwini Municipality

MEDIA RELEASE 4 September 2018 The South African Slum/Shack Dwellers International Alliance (SA SDI Alliance) enters into an agreement with Ethekwini Municipality The SA SDI Aliiance (an alliance of 2 social movements and 2 support NGOs, namely the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDUP), the Informal Settlement Network (ISN), the Community Organisation Resource […]

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Dream Deferred? Broken trust and the upgrading of Langrug informal settlement

By Kwanda Lande (on behalf of CORC) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the White Paper on Local Government. The theme of SoLG 2018, the state of local government – dream deferred?, highlights this critical juncture in the local governance arena. It foregrounds the fact that although achievements have been made in terms of […]

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The first step to uncovering… ‘Big Dreams’: Reflection on the Longlands process

Chadernnay Glenn (on behalf of CORC) Amidst the classic charm of the Cape Winelands District, buried deep within the peaceful serenity of Stellenbosch, lies the modest settlement of Longlands. This settlement was established in 2015 to provide safe, interim accommodation for residents living on a dumpsite in Devon Valley. Years later, the living conditions are no better […]

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Tinasonke means “All of Us”: A Journey to Housing in Ekhuruleni

By Jaclyn Williams (on behalf of CORC) In 2018, 48 Federation houses were erected in Tinasonke through the People’s Housing Process. Since 2015, however, the journey to the completion of these houses presented Federation members with many roadblocks. Federation members, in Tinasonke, utlilized community-driven strategies in order to make their dream of owning a home […]

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Everything Fell into Place: Generations of Saving and Community Participation in Ruo Emoh

The following narrative is part of a broader and in-depth documentation of the Ruo Emoh project. This documentation includes a video and booklet and is the result of collaborative efforts between the SA SDI Alliance, People’s Environmental Planning, UCT & University of Basel Master students (part of the City Research Studios hosted by African Centre […]

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Together We Can Achieve More: Solidarity as a Key to Community Building

The following narrative is part of a broader and in-depth documentation of the Ruo Emoh project. This documentation includes a video and booklet and is the result of collaborative efforts between the SA SDI Alliance, People’s Environmental Planning, UCT & University of Basel Master students (part of the City Research Studios hosted by African Centre […]

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