Women Transforming the Slums of their Cities

Hard Data & Rich Stories: Community Driven Data on Slums

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Quick Facts

26,4% of the settlements surveyed have no clinic or hospital.

The issue most often listed as a top priority in the settlements surveyed is water & sanitation.

Latest Stories

Producing and Aggregating Local Knowledge

20 Mar 2018

By Luis M.A. Bettencourt, Anni Beukes, and José Lobo The power of the S ...

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Women Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

19 Mar 2018

By Skye Dobson, SDI As the Black Panther movie continues to smash box ...

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South Africa

Essential Partnerships: Local Governments and Organized Communities

12 Mar 2018

By Joel Bolnick, William Cobbett, and Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi The root ...

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Flawed Assumptions

05 Mar 2018

By Robert M. Buckley, Achilles Kallergis, and David Satterthwaite For ...

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"SDI empowers women to speak about their needs."

- Khadija Kingi, Homeless, People's Federation of Tanzania

"SDI – a group of countries working together. If we were just one country, we would not achieve that."

- Sazini Sdlovu, Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation

"Data collection assists in ensuring that the data will reflect the situation on the ground and will also assist government and community members in planning for better services and upgrading."

- Mama Edith Mbanga, Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia

"We have decision making powers now. This is true in Uganda and also across the network."

- Hassan Kiberu, National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda

"Before I joined the federation, I was just a normal woman sitting around. Now men ask me for help!"

- Victoria Kossam, Homeless People’s Federation of Malawi

"I am poor, but rich in mind."

- Alexander Mbarimuuo, Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia

"Joining the federation was like starting life."

- Patrick Matsemela, Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor, South Africa