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.

Restarting and Regaining Momentum: The Persistence of the Ruo Emoh Community

By Mariel Zimmermann and Jaclyn Williams (on behalf of CORC) Looking back at the two decade history of the Ruo Emoh housing project, we outline the primary political and social challenges the community faced and how they overcame these obstacles together. The main takeaways from the success of the Ruo Emoh housing project allow us […]

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How Empties Changed Ma Agnes and her Son’s Life

By Anthony Molyneaux (On behalf of Time Select. Original link here.) The SA SDI Alliance supports innovative income generation livelihood schemes like waste picking.  The Solid Waste Network (SWN) is an Informal Settlement Network (ISN) initiative in Cape Town that provides access to markets for informal waste pickers. Savings activities are integral to capacity building […]

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