Slums are often perceived as the undesired side effect of all too rapid urbanization. However, they can also be seen as catalysts for sustainable urban development instead. Because slums are in development, they can develop immediately in a sustainable and inclusive way, using the newest insights and technologies. In slum settlements around the world initiatives pop up, for example in the fields of solar energy, waste processing and recycling. Slums can thus become an example for the city of the future. We discuss the mutual benefit for slum dwellers and social entrepreneurs to collaborate towards sustainable change.
To unlock the catalytic potential, social enterprises can play a role and contribute by investing in these neighborhoods. Social entrepreneurs may want to do something, but do not know what, or how to achieve this. The visiting experts of Slum Dwellers International offer important insights. They know what is necessary, what is possible, and have access to such neighborhoods. In the meeting we want to show Dutch entrepreneurs and start-ups how they can contribute to this sustainable development and invite them to get started.
About Slum Dwellers International
Slum Dwellers International is a network of community-based organisations of the urban poor in 33 countries and 479 cities and towns across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In each country where SDI has a presence, affiliate organisations come together at the community, city and national level to form federations of the urban poor.