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The rapid growth of African cities is crucially linked with a steep rise in the demand by poor households for access to the social and economic opportunities concentrated in key urban centers. However, the form and function of informally-built communities, increasingly home to Africa’s urban poor, present major challenges for the development and management of urban Africa, while also posing serious risks to the health and well-being of residents.

Ikhayalami is a Nonprofit Organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. These are designed, where appropriate, to be imbedded into a community-driven process and scaled up with the support of the State. Ikhayalami was established in 2006 as a response to conventional approaches in dealing with informality, which are unsustainable and painstakingly slow in meeting the immediate needs of the vast majority of South Africa’s urban poor. Our work is premised on the realization that informality is part of the modern urban fabric, will remain a reality for the foreseeable future, holds within ingenious adaptations and is part of the solution.

Ikhayalami’s areas of focus include: research and development, upgrading of shelters, infrastructural development, community facilities, blocking-out (reconfiguring settlement wide layouts), disaster response and sales to the public to reach more people and lead to sustainability.

By working to provide Africa’s urban poor with better access to quality building materials, physical infrastructure, and planning and construction support, Ikhayalami is focused on building a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable future for African cities.  Ikhayalami recognizes that community processes coupled with technical support and material innovations we are able to provide play an important role in building community organizations, drawing the poor into policy formulation, and transforming our cities for the better.  








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