The trip started in Keetmanshoop, one of Namibia's many small towns, where Rosalind Hendricks, a regional federation leader from the area, showcased the federation's self-build housing and community centre - two projects whose funding was made possible by contributions from federation savings.
The next stop was Windhoek for the Namibia SDI Alliance's annual National Forum: an opportunity for savings groups from across the country to gather and review successes and challenges, hear updates on the status of housing, profiling, and upgrading projects, and discuss issues they are facing at the local, regional, and national levels.
The last stop was Gobabis, a town about 200 kilometres east of Windhoek, where the Federation has spearheaded a large-scale informal settlement upgrading project in partnership with Gobabis local government. Together, the federation and the city have upgraded over 2000 homes across three informal settlements - 30% of the town - making this one of SDI's most exemplary precedent-setting upgrading projects.
During an open-air Federation meeting in Gobabis' Freedom Square settlement, Federation members described the community layout plan that emerged from community action planning, beginning with enumeration, leading to re-blocking, and then to service provision. In the photos below, community members showcase a map illustrating the community’s own cluster level re-blocking layout plan and a services map designed jointly by the community and local authority.