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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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Letter from the SDI Board and Management Committee to Governor Akinwunmi Abole of Lagos State, Nigeria, in response to the eviction of 4,700 people in Otodo Gbame community, Lagos. 22 March 2017; 22 March 2017.

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Naples, Italy | September 2012

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In April 2015 the SDI Council of Federations (Council) gathered in Nairobi, Kenya. These two bodies make up the core of SDI’s governance system and are the key decision makers of the SDI network. The Council of Federations, made up of representatives from the network’s mature affiliates, met for a day and a half. This allowed time for each Regional Hub and the Secretariat to present on key issues that have arisen in the past six months, and for the network to reflect on each of these in order to propose recommendations to the SDI Board.

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