What we do

The core practices – also called “rituals” – of the ISN and FEDUP are largely informed by grassroots initiatives emanating from an international collective of experience. Championed by urban poor communities across the vast network of Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI), these rituals have become powerful negotiation tools for communities engaging all tiers of government with regard to housing development, informal settlement upgrading, securing land tenure and advancing alternatives to evictions and demolitions. Local and international experience have shown how the creative utilisation of these rituals lead to capacity building, realising an asset-based approach to urban development, and deepens democratic and meaningful engagement. Physical upgrading and institutional partnership therefore materialises citizenship.




Community Planning



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