M&G, 23 November 2007.
In an initiative to help the urban poor improve their housing, water and sanitation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will provide US$10-million to Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) based in South Africa.
Chairperson of the South African Federation of the Urban Poor and an SDI board member, Rose Molokoane, has described the fund as a breakthrough for slum dwellers to achieve their dreams and the opportunity to do things themselves.
In a press statement, the foundation, which has already constructed over 13,000 housing units since 1995 and provided tenure security to an additional 20 000 families, argues that the grant would go directly to grassroots groups that gather under the umbrella of SDI. It says the grant will enable the groups to improve their living conditions and their capacity to negotiate with governments to secure rights to land.
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