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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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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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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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When you get a front door, remember to leave it open

This blog  was first published by openDemocracy, on the 26 September 2017.  By SOPHIE KING  A Manchester-South Africa exchange reveals striking similarities in the dynamics of urban inequality. Members of Mums Mart, Lower Broughton Life and the South African Alliance in South Africa, July 2017. Copyright: Sophie King. All rights reserved “It’s all about trust” said Marie […]

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What difference does saving make to the urban and rural poor?

How can saving impact poor communities and influence inclusive development practice? On a recent visit to Manchester’s Global Development Institute FEDUP’s Patrick Matsemela responds to these questions by telling his story:   “When I say I was a robber, it was because I had nothing to do. When the Federation (FEDUP) started, I collected scrap metal from […]

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Reflections on re-blocking: Why community participation is key

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) In this blog, the SA SDI Alliance speaks with Nkokheli Ncambele—ISN Coordinator of the Western Cape—to learn about how the participation process functions on the ground during informal settlement upgrading, and in particular, reblocking initiatives . Reflecting upon the Alliance’s early experiences with re-blocking in Sheffield Road (2010-2011) and […]

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Seeing from the South: an international exchange with South African shelter activists

By Dan Silver, Diana Mitlin and Sophie King (crossposted from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester) “We are poor, but we are not hopeless. We know what we are doing”. This is Alinah Mofokeng, one of three activists from the South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack […]

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Alliance mobilises street dwellers & teaches students in Manchester, UK

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) From 8-12 March 2016, the South African SDI Alliance participated in a learning exchange in the United Kingdom with students at the University of Manchester and community organisations in the Greater Manchester area. Members of the of the South African SDI Alliance, community leaders Nkokheli Ncambele (ISN), Alina […]

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From Nairobi to Cape Town: Learning about Upgrading and Partnerships with Local Government

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) From Ghetto informal settlement in Nairobi, the Kenyan SDI Alliance together with an official from the nearby Kiambu County Government visited the South African SDI Alliance on a learning exchange in Cape Town from 22 – 25 February 2016. Community leaders and an official from Ekurhuleni Municipality, near […]

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