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Jockin Arputham

Jockin Arputham has thirty years' experience in housing, sanitation and urban poverty issues. In 1974, he was the Founder and President of The National Slum Dwellers Federation. In 1996, he was the Founder of Slum or Shack Dwellers International. Jockin is a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2000) and the L├ęgion d'Honneur (2004).

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Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)
Non-profit Social Enterprise
Cities and Urbanization
South Africa
Areas of Impact
Africa, South Asia, India

Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

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 agreed that a global platform could help their local initiatives develop alternatives to evictions while also impacting on the global agenda for urban development. Its mission is to link urban poor communities from cities across the South that have developed successful mobilization, advocacy and problem solving strategies.


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