Journal article

The Scalability of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International Methodology: Context and Constraint in Cape Town

Richard Tomlinson

Development Policy Review | WILEY | Published : 2017


Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) was created by the Indian Alliance and South African partners. SDI has affiliates in 33 countries and is probably the world's largest network of community peer-to-peer knowledge exchange in the area of slum/informal settlement upgrading. Common to the Indian Alliance's ‘Federation Model’ and the SDI methodology are a commitment to community organization and community-led upgrading that is undertaken in partnership with local government. In a context where it is projected that there will be two billion slum dwellers by 2030, the ambition is to enable tens of millions of households to obtain upgraded housing and services. This article questions the scala..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported with sabbatical funding by the University of Melbourne. The comments on drafts by Mojgan Taheri-Tafti, Kim Dovey, Joel Bolnick, Benjamin Bradlow, Aditya Kumar, Walter Fieuw and Louis van der Walt helped to correct two errors, suggested where greater clarity was needed and introduced lively debate regarding my interpretation of policies.