South African Sdi Alliance

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The South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centered development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. This includes: 

  • Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC): NGO that supports social processes of community-based organisations that want to work for themselves, by facilitating engagements with formal actors like the State.
  • Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP): A women-led nationwide federation practicing daily savings, enumeration, pragmatic partnerships with the State, community-led housing development, land acquisition and informal settlement upgrading. 
  • Informal Settlement Network (ISN): The ISN is a bottom-up agglomeration of settlement-level and national-level organizations of the poor at the city-wide scale. 
  • uTshani Fund: A formal bridging finance institution which provides loans for community-led initiatives around house construciton, land acquisition and incremental informal settlement upgrading. 


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