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.

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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