As some of you may know, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take up work at the Secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), “a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, launched in 1996 when “federations” of the urban poor in countries such as India and South Africa agreed that a global platform could help their local initiatives develop alternatives to evictions while also impacting on the global agenda for urban development,” (SDI website). Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the work is right up my international urban planning alley, and it has been very exciting to be surrounded by people doing and breathing the work I have been writing and thinking about for so long.
Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Windhoek, Namibia for a meeting with members of urban poor federations and their supporting NGO’s from across southern Africa. It was inspiring and I learned a lot about how the work of SDI actually happens on the ground. I am currently working on an article for the SDI blog, and will surely cross-post it on here once it’s complete. But for now, I will leave you with a few photos from our visit to the Barcelona community in the settlement of Katakura just outside of Windhoek.