A brief introduction to partnership-based upgrading

30 Nov 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatThere is not and will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to upgrading informal settlements. Every settlement has its own technical issues such as land ownership, land...

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18 families move into houses in San Isidro, Philippines

24 Nov 2010

                        Cross-posted from the Homeless Visayas blog of the Filipino SDI allianceFollowing the turn-over ceremony in CLIFF- San Isidro,...

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Philippines

Southern African Hub learns about GIS Mapping

24 Nov 2010

By George Masimba, People's Dialogue on Shelter, Zimbabwe Enumerations have been evolving within SDI and largely this has been made possible through peer-based learning in the form of exchanges visits...

Slum dwellers take the lead in building partnerships

19 Nov 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariat“If we think we can build houses for the poor without the poor, we will never make it,” said Jerry Ekandjo, Namibian Minister of Regional and...

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Malawi

Harare mayor joins hands with Zimbabwe federa ...

20 Oct 2010

Pictured above: Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda begins work in Mbare at a ceremony with the...

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Zimbabwe

"Strong and full of energy": an update from the Filipino exchange to Sierra ...

06 Oct 2010

Pictured above: Sonia Fadrigo (center) talks with members of the Sierra Leone Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor in Kroo Bay, Freetown.Editor's note: From 22 to 26 September, the...

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Sierra Leone

Gov't reports on the federation: Kariba, Zimbabwe

18 Jan 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatThe Zimbabwean Homeless People's Federation, along with support NGO Dialogue on Shelter, met last month with Kariba council officials. This was not unusual in and of...

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Zimbabwe

In the news

14 Jan 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatBeyond the tragic earthquake in Haiti, we are taking note of a couple of other items of news affecting our partners in various parts of the...

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Zimbabwe

Earthquake in Haiti

14 Jan 2010

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our partners and everyone else in Haiti. We will be sharing more information as we receive it.Below is a message from Ana Paula...

SDI Bulletin: The cruel contest between community organization and state cor ...

06 Jan 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariat; photos by Irene Karanja, Pamoja TrustBy early December, ordinary people living on the riparian reserve in Deep Sea informal settlement had organized themselves to move...

Government as "outsourcer", government as "facilitator"

06 Jan 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatDavid A. Smith of the Affordable Housing Institute has a great post about a Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) - led enumeration in Durban last...

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South Africa

Zimbabwe fed builds on housing convention gains

04 Jan 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatThe Zimbabwean Homeless People's Federation put on a real show at October's National Housing Convention in Victoria Falls with an eye-catching double-storey housing model, and song...

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Zimbabwe