Jockin Arputham is from the Indian slums. He came up with an idea to organize those marginalized communities to improve conditions for themselves. It's like a Slum Dwellers union. Now they are in over 30 countries. Here's how it looks in Kenya.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) is a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It was 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 influencing the global agenda for urban development.
In each country where federations operate, they mobilize around core SDI practices and principles to build a voice and collective capacity in urban poor communities. This is SDI’s Know Your Community work.
Organized federations throughout the SDI network profile, map, and enumerate their settlements to gather invaluable planning data and catalyze community action and partnerships. SDI’s Know Your City website combines hard data and rich stories from urban poor communities in 224 cities across the Global South.
Federations use their data and collective capacity to co-produce solutions for slum upgrading. These projects make up the third category of SDI’s work – Improve Your City.
Director: Gabriel Diamond
Editor: Matthew Beighley
Sound Recordist: Simon Nwydwa
Executive Producer: Phil Collis