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Lessons from the Global South for community-led housing

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This penultimate session in the Housing Futures series is not to be missed for activists, urban development professionals and practitioners looking for a fresh lens through which to view the complex challenge of meeting a diversity of housing needs while ensuring housing policy and practice is shaped by communities themselves – including those living on low incomes. For the last 20 years, Diana has worked closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International, a trans-national network of homeless and landless people’s federations and support NGOs; and with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a network of civil society groups focusing on urban poverty and exclusion. These collaborations have enabled her to learn from a range of models and approaches led by grassroots organisations in addressing housing injustice across cities of the Global South. In addition to leading the GDI, Diana Mitlin is also Principle Researcher for IIED and spent several years working as an Economist for the UK Government. With professional experience in the UK civil service, civil society, and academia, Diana has a cross-cutting perspective on the challenges of inclusive service delivery for diverse needs and particularly for low-income groups. Diana has been playing a listening role throughout the Housing Futures series. At this event, she will engage critically with the challenges, complexities, and possibilities that we have been discussing throughout the year from the perspective of experiences of community-led housing and government-civil society collaborations in cities across the Global South.

An emergent finding in the Housing Futures research process to date is that the phrase “community-led” is interpreted in many different ways and there is a lack of capacity and experience not just at community level but also at professional levels in terms of really understanding what a genuinely community-led process looks and feels like and how to facilitate or support such processes. Together with Diana, activists from the Kenyan Slum Dwellers Federation will provide participants with a new perspective on these questions and illuminate the ways in which micro-level community-led processes have the potential to transform the range of options available at city and national levels. Muungano Wa Wanavijiji ('united slum dwellers' in Kiswahili) is a network of around 100,000 people in nearly 1000 groups, community-based organisations, organised groups, informal markets, squatters, and urban poor people from across Kenya. Together they seek to improve slums, and integrate them into the city fabric, working with partners in academia, government, and civil society, and working to influence national policy for urban development. Muungano believe that slum communities should be at the centre of city and national development. They are affiliated with SDI, the biggest grassroots movement in the world.

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