In 2008—for the first time in history—more people were living in urban than in rural areas. Today, more than one billion people live in slums. Founded by a collective of slum dwellers and concerned professionals headed by Jockin Arputham, a community organizer in India, Slum Dwellers International works to have slums recognized as vibrant, resourceful, and dignified communities. SDI organizes slum dwellers to take control of their futures; improve their living conditions; and gain recognition as equal partners with governments and international organizations in the creation of inclusive cities. With programs in nearly 500 cities, including more than 15,000 slum dweller-managed savings groups reaching one million people; 20 agreements with national governments; and nearly 130,000 families who have secured land rights, SDI has been a driving force for change for slum dwellers around the world.
Jockin Arputham, Indian, born on 15.08.46 President, NSDF & SDI. He also helped found SDI through which federations of slum & shack dwellers in more than 20 countries support each other & learn from each other. Building people's organizations, promotion of participatory planning & implementation in urban slums,ensuring women's involvement in community participation, savings&credit, designing specific interventions in public sanitation & shelter, networking among slum-dwellers both nationally & internationally South Africa & 7 other countries in Asia and Africa). Has experience of working with the urban poor in 14 Indian cities & several cities abroad as well for more than 30 years.
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