Dialogue on Shelter for the Homeless in Zimbabwe Trust
Welcome to Dialogue on Shelter
Dialogue on Shelter is registered as a trust and acts as the technical partner supporting the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation and the alliance of the two organizations work in partnership to address issues of low-income housing in particular and poverty in general. Dialogue on Shelter provides technical support in the form of capacity-building, training and facilitating interface between communities and government, private sector and academic institutions. This support is mainly geared towards enabling the poor to access resources and address systems and practices that hinder affordable housing and infrastructural services.
Citywide slum profiling - beyond documenting challenges
In 2013, the Alliance of Dialogue on Shelter under the Citywide Slum Profiling embarked on a process of documenting urban informality in the Bulawayo city. The four partners involved were the Bulawayo chapter of uMfelandawonye (Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation, Dialogue on Shelter, National University of Science and Technology (FOBE) and the Bulawayo City Council. Two MOUs were signed with both BCC and NUST and these outlined the areas of collaboration. As a result of these partnerships, 8 low-income neighbourhoods were profiled and mapped bringing out not only the deficits in urban services but also the huge opportunities upon which follow-up interventions could be anchored on. The Iminyela & Mabuthweni sanitation initiative that followed the profiles is a classic example.