A view from below: what Shack Dwellers International (SDI) has learnt from its Urban Poor Fund International (UPFI)

Cities remain hostile environments for the urban poor. The poor are seen as second-tier citizens blocked by a ‘ceiling’ of what they can access educationally, financially and in terms of home improvements. This ‘ceiling’ is created by the institutional structure of cities that include planning regulations, resource flows, financial lending restrictions and political decision-making mechanisms. Based on the experiences of the Urban Poor Fund International (UPFI), this article will explore the range of slum upgrading possibilities that Shack Dwellers International (SDI) affiliates in different countries have undertaken. The Indian and South African cases discussed highlight housing and infrastructure-financing models that are sustainable, pro-poor and not completely dependent on donor grant capital. The examples analysed are drawn from SDI’s internal documentation, reporting and materials. The article begins with a brief introduction to SDI and its work around incremental housing improvement; followed by an oversight of the UPFI, stressing key conceptual points before exploring practical examples.

Source: International Journal of Sustainable Development via Taylor & Francis

Photo Credit: Shack Dwellers International


Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher International Journal of Sustainable Development (Taylor and Francis)
Year 2015
Author(s) Noah Scermbrucker, Sheela Patel, Nico Keijzer
ISSN 1946-3146
DOI 10.1080/19463138.2015.1046075
Read older posts from this section

Leave a Reply