Rose Molokoaneis a coordinator of the South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP), and a coordinator of SDI. She is a resident and member of the Oukasie savings scheme in a slum settlement outside Pretoria, South Africa.
A veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, she is one of the most internationally recognized grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues. FEDUP has helped more than 150,000 squatters, the vast majority of whom are women, to pool their savings. This has won them sufficient standing to negotiate with government for a progressive housing policy that has already produced 15,000 new homes and secured more than 1,000 hectares of government land for development.
Molokoane has initiated federations of savings schemes throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2005 for her struggle to bring land and homes to the poor.
Benjamin Bradlow is the Research and Documentation Officer for the secretariat of Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) in Cape Town, South Africa. He has also worked as a journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Philadelphia, United States, with a particular interest in urban community development and governance.
Selected publications: “Self-enumeration settles tracks vs traders conflict in Kenya,” published in 30 April 2010 issue of Mail & Guardian newspaper; “Focus on rethinking scale: Want to Go Big? Go Small,” published in June 2010 issue of Alliance Magazin; “Pro-Poor Slum Upgrading Policy and Practice in Sierra Leone,” published in November 2010 by YCare International; “Out of the Garden of Eden: Beyond the Rights-Based Agenda in the Urban Sector,” accepted for publication in the January 2011 issue of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, and “Housing, Institutions, Money: The failure and promise of human settlements policy and practice in South Africa” (Bradlow, Bolnick, and Shearing), accepted for publication in April 2011 issue of Environment & Urbanization.
Respondent:Ankit Dhakal, Nepal Constituent Assembly
Ankit Dhakal is one of Nepal's most prominent Constitution Law experts, currently involve in research related to the democratic transformation of Nepal and the draft of a Nepalese Constitution. He has acted as advisor of other prominent leaders in Nepal as Mr. Bimalendra Nidhi (a well known leader of the democratic movement of Nepal, currently elected to the Constituent Assembly)
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