"Governments survive on the Urban Poor majority"

25 Mar 2010

By Louise Cobbett, SDI secretariatOn the final day of discussions at the World Urban Forum, SDI hosted its second networking session entitled People's Organization and the Struggle for the Inclusive...

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Zimbabwe

Mukuru and Huruma: A study in contrasts

25 Mar 2010

pictured above: Mukuru residents examine the new eviction order from Kenya Railways Corporation.By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatAs I have already discussed earlier this week, enumerations create enough anxiety due to...

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Kenya

IBSA and Enumerations: WUF Day 2

24 Mar 2010

By Louise Cobbett, SDI secretariatThe second day opened with the same unforgiving humidity that Rio is famous for. Let there be no confusion – it is very, very hot here,...

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South Africa

Contestations along the Nairobi railway lines

23 Mar 2010

pictured above: Muli Munguti sells his wares in an area dominated by business stalls along the railway lines in Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi.By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatThe railway relocation...

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Kenya

SDI Makes a Splash at World Urban Forum

23 Mar 2010

By Louise Cobbett, SDI Secretariat  Slum Dwellers International is, by far, the largest delegation at the fifth World Urban Forum, which is being held in the city of Rio de Janeiro,...

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Action on the ground: Day 1 at the WUF

22 Mar 2010

By Louise Cobbett and Jack Makau, SDI secretariatThe first day of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began with SDI making a grand – and visual –...

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South Africa

Counting Kibera: the challenge of engagement

19 Mar 2010

By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatThe Kenyan federation, Mungano wa wanavijiji, kicked off an enumeration of the railway line slum of Kibera in Nairobi this week. The survey process there is...

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Kenya

Stops and Starts in Kibera

18 Mar 2010

By Jack Makau, SDI Secretariat   Introduction This paper describes the typical Slum Dwellers International enumeration. SDI works specifically in slum and shack settlements, which are very dense, unplanned and where you...

Slum mapping: threat or opportunity?

12 Mar 2010

pictured above: Bhubaneswar staff learn to identify and map settlements using Google Maps.By Alyssa Battistoni, SPARCResidents of India’s slums have long faced the threat of eviction from or destruction of...

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SDI Bulletin: Beyond a legal framework for "meaningful engagement" in South ...

11 Mar 2010

pictured above: FEDUP's Alfred Gabuza (far right) speaks at a meeting of the Informal Settlement Network in Roodeplaat, South Africa, on 20 February 2010.By Benjamin Bradlow, SDI secretariatAdapted from remarks...

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South Africa