Case Studies for Collaborative Urban Transformation


It has been recognized that transforming fast growing cities of the global south into globally attractive hubs of the world economy is an ambitious goal, this cannot be reached without incorporating the urban poor as leaders in housing and urban development processes. 

A substantial portion of the urban population living under extremely poor conditions are not served, and remain poorly represented in the decision-making process. There is a need for more collaborative governance however examples of co-production are still rare.

The Boda Boda Thieves


The Boda Boda Thieves was produced in partnership with the Know Your City campaign.
The film is a coming of age drama shot in neo-realist style shot in the ghettoes and back streets of Kampala Uganda. 15 year old Abel is entrusted with the responsibility of manning his families only asset, a “boda boda” motorcycle taxi. Instead of working hard as expected Abel takes the easy option of crime, using the motorbike as get-away for snatch and rub robberies. It all falls apart when he losses the bike.

Patrick Magebhula Hunsley Memorial Mural


Patrick Magebhula Hunsley, founding member and stalwart of the South African Alliance and Shack Dwellers International (SDI) died on the 4th August 2014.

“Our lives are very short so we cannot afford to close them to others… We need to open the doors to our hearts, minds and communities, by doing this we will learn from each other, they will learn from our heart failures, We will live through their heartbeats, how will they know if we don’t let them in?”
Patrick Hunsley, excerpt from the poem “Let’s let them into our lives”.

KYC Pocket Film School


KNOW YOUR CITY.TV is a virtual studio, a hub for collaboration around media and film projects related to the urban and cities theme .

No One Left Behind


No One Left Behind is a short film produced by IDS and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) which profiles the voices of the most marginalised urban residents narrating what a fruitful, violence-free life in the city means to them.  The film was made by slum dwellers themselves as part of SDI's Know Your City TV initiative.