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A petition requesting the government of Kenya to stop the forced evictions against the urban poor and to resettle them within the framework of the government's Agenda 4 Program.

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This booklet shares the story of Ruo Emoh (Our Home, spelt backwards) - a housing project through which 49 families have moved into homes on a well-located piece of infill land in Colorado Park in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Community organising and planning for Ruo Emoh started in 1997 and continued over twenty years. Administrative and political regulations and obstacles, as well as neighbouring ratepayers’ interventions, repeatedly delayed the project. Nevertheless, the community’s persistence eventually paid off. The housing project was completed and Ruo Emoh’s 49 families moved into their new homes on December 22nd, 2017.

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The community profiling process in photographs. Feb - March 2018.

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SDI is excited to announce that in 2018 we will support organized urban poor communities in Latin America looking to use community-led profiling, enumeration, and mapping to catalyze dialogue with government or other authorities to improve the lives of the poor. Small support grants for this work will be available to organization who show that organized urban poor communities are working toward outcome level changes in their settlement or city. To apply, please complete the application concept note and submit to info-lac@sdinet.org before midnight on March 31, 2018.


SDI se complace en anunciar que durante 2018 apoyará a comunidades organizadas de pobres urbanos en América Latina para que emprendan proyectos de perfilamiento, catastro y mapeo que fortalezcan el diálogo con gobiernos y otras autoridades con el propósito de mejorar las condiciones de vida de los más pobres. Para ello KYC apoyará con una pequeña subvención financiera a organizaciones de base empeñadas en mejorar su asentamiento, barrio o ciudad. Para participar en la preselección, por favor completen el documento de concepto y envíenlo a info-lac@sdinet.org   antes de medianoche del 31 de marzo de 2018.

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This landmark publication showcases the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City campaign to understanding and taking action to reduce urban poverty and exclusion. Anchored by SDI’s community-led informal settlement profiling, enumeration and mapping, the KYC campaign supports partnerships between local and city governments and organized slum communities. The campaign was established as a joint program between SDI affiliated federations and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) and has become a powerful force for for community organization, participatory local governance, partnership building, and collective action to implement global commitments to “leave no one behind.” This publication brings together institutions at the forefront of emergent solutions that hold great promise for enhancing inclusiveness and resilience at scale. It details the work of organized communities of the urban poor to collect systematic data on conditions in their settlements and fill critical gaps in knowledge. It presents examples of enlightened local governments seeking to change the status quo through collaborative and inclusive city planning and management, it captures the essential partnerships of public, private and community actors working to make fundamental change.

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The 2017 SDI Annual Report centers on the issue of resilience. Emerging from the field of ecology, the term describes the capacity of a system to maintain or recover from disruption or disturbance. Cities are also complex systems and a resilience framework addresses the interconnectedness of formal and informal city futures. Moreover, it enables a nuanced reflection on the nature of shocks and chronic stressors – recognizing that the latter are particularly acute in slum dweller communities and that this critically undermines the entire city’s economic, social, political, and environmental resilience. As with personal resilience, city resilience demands awareness, acknowledgment of reality, and a capacity to move beyond reactivity to responses that are proactive, thoughtful and beneficial for the whole. The most enlightened individuals and cities will be those that understand their responsibility to the most vulnerable and to the planet. Our 2017 Annual Report showcases some of SDI’s achievements over the past year on the road to resilience.

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This is a snapshot of the over 50 events SDI is participating in at the upcoming World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Check our Facebook page for full the daily schedule and event highlights!

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Access to clean, reliable, safe, and affordable sources of energy is identified by SDG-7 as a key driver of development. During the past four years, SDI has sought to deliver scalable models for safe, affordable, and reliable renewable energy access. This work has been incorporated into the SDI network’s strategy for creating inclusive and resilient cities where the lives of the urban poor are substantively improved. SDI’s EJP has been fully integrated into SDI’s strategic plans and Theory of Change, along each of the three change pathways: settlement, city, and global.

This report provides an overview of the progress of the last 4 years of SDI’s EJP and its evolving strategy going forward. Firstly, the report sets the scene regarding the intentions of the programme at its inception, which broadly entailed integrating energy service provision into SDI’s agenda for incremental settlement upgrading and wider strategies for change. From there the report looks at the linkages between SDI’s energy work and the SDI Theory of Change. It then proceeds to outline progress made during the programme to date. Finally the report touches on emerging strategies, which will take the programme forward.

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This exchange, part of the Francistown Know Your City Programme, took place in May 2017 and involved participants from SDI affiliates in Zimbabwe, South Africa & Namibia.

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