Every year SDI (Slum Dwellers International) organizes its own conference in a different major urban centre. This gives SDI the chance to talk to entrepreneurs, politicians and professionals, on their own terms rather than as guests at someone else’s party, where the urban poor are so often regarded as ornamental, forced to speak on topics form other people’s agendas. Instead, as hosts and experts of their own event, SDI’s leaders can present themselves and their message for what it is: an integral and indispensable part of the solution to our global problems.
Every street matters
Leave no one behind. That is the core of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: a clean, safe and just world for everyone. The same idea is central to SDI. SDI has been working on slum and urban development throughout the world since the ‘90s. Every street matters and everyone is part of the solution: that is the key to success.
Every day thousands of SDI members map the streets of their slums, going from door to door to collect information about the residents. This information gives them power to negotiate with local authorities to gain access to basic services and land rights and to prevent and develop alternatives to evictions.
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