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Know Your City: community profiling of informal settlements

Anni Beukes

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Urban poor communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America affiliated to Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) have begun a global campaign to standardise and aggregate the data they collect at settlement level. This data on their everyday lives and living conditions is a means to communicate the scale and extent of informality and deprivation in the spaces they occupy in their cities. Government planning departments often use inadequate data, which does not reflect the reality on the ground and is not fit for purpose. By standardising community data collection processes and
management, SDI federations hope to scale up their leverage ability, and use this data to work with government staff to make real improvements to the areas where they live.

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