Once we’ve been invited to partner with a community, the first thing we do is empower the people of the community to make informed decisions about their own development.
We facilitate the election and formation of a body of community leaders. Through leadership and skills development the leaders are equipped to lead their communities. Through a series of workshops, we help the people of the community to understand their own housing development project. We equip them with essential knowledge ranging from practical home partner information to the role of the stakeholders, to the costs, materials, regulations and basic architecture of their homes.
Changing things together
Our approach is about participation. We want the community to take ownership of their own project.
Now that they have the skills and the knowledge, we want people to become the source of their own development. But first we need a plan. So we help the community create surveys and conduct interviews collecting information on the skills, resources and current livelihoods in the community. Using this information, we help the leaders craft a plan for the development they want to see in their communities.
Meanwhile, we partner with people and organisations who can help provide the necessary resources. That’s where you come in. Alongside the community and those we’ve brought on board, we start building. Not just houses, but homes. Not just settlements, but communities. Together, we start changing our country into the nation we all hope we can be.
Spreading the message
With over 1,9 million informal dwellings, there is an immense need for housing in our country.
But it’s not just a need – it’s an opportunity. Many of us do not realise how powerful a healthy community and the provision of adequate shelter can be in breaking the chains of poverty. That’s where we come in, as a strong voice in housing and community development, we advocate on issues such as how to improve low cost housing, how best to get communities involved and how they may best manage their housing development in a future without government subsidies.
Habitat’s Advocacy Program focusing on two aspects; advocating for changes in systems and policies that influence people’s access to housing and enhancing community participation and empowerment in the delivery of housing and informal settlements upgrading.
Habitat SA’s Advocacy programme receives funding from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on identifying best practice for informal settlement upgrading.
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