The South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centered development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. Click on the logos from each of the four primary partners in this alliance to learn more.
NGO that supports the social processes of community-based organizations that want to work for themselves, by facilitating engagements with formal actors like the State.
A women-led nationwide federation practicing daily savings, enumeration, pragmatic partnerships with the State, community-led housing development, land acquisition & informal settlement upgrading.
The Informal Settlement Network (I.S.N) is a bottom-up agglomeration of settlement-level and national-level organizations of the poor at the city-wide scale.  
A formal bridging finance institution, which provides loans for community-led initiations regarding house construction, land acquisition, and incremental informal settlement upgrading.

NEW PUBLICATION: A people’s led approach to informal settlement upgrading

It is with great pleasure that we share our most recent publication:   Exploring partnerships with local government: A people’s-led approach to informal settlement upgrading It comes at a time when South Africa is grappling with issues of land, redress and possible legislative amendments in the face of poverty, inequality and exclusion. The effects of these […]

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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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