Shack / Slum Dwellers International

Shack / Slum Dwellers International , the name doesn’t sound very promising, but the ideas and actions happening sound very promising. is doing some interesting work in helping urban slum dwellers add value to their properties and neighborhoods.  “I dreamt of sleeping in a dry house.” is how one story starts for Katana Goretti, 35 in Kampala.

Like many efforts to make things better, victories occur quietly,impacting one life or family at a time.

If you are interested in a boots on the ground charity working to improve property rights and lives of the poor, then Slum dwellers international may be a good place to read and study about.

Their summary is here:


Founding Dates 1996: Slum Dwellers International (SDI) is registered in South Africa as a Non Profit Organisation in 2000 and in the Netherlands in 2008.

2008: Urban Poor Fund International (UPFI) registered in South Africa as an SDI subsidiary.
2008: Urban Poor Fund Netherlands (UPF Netherlands) registered in the Netherlands.


Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) is an alliance of country-level organisations (called ‘federations’) of the urban poor from 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It was launched in 1996 and became a formally registered entity in 1999. Several well-developed national federations of community-based organisations of slum and shack dwellers – particularly in India and South Africa – joined hands to found SDI.

Our mission is to link poor urban communities from cities across the South to transfer and adapt the successful mobilisation, advocacy, and problem solving strategies they develop in one location to other cities, countries and regions. Since SDI is focused on the local needs of slum dwellers, it has developed the traction to advance the common agenda of creating “pro-poor” cities that integrate rather than marginalse the interests of slumdwellers in approaches to urban development.


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