The National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU) is a member of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) network and currently boasts approximately 38,000 members in 15 urban centers across the country. Aside from Kampala, the Federation is active in fifteen secondary cities. The Federation consists of 477 community groups that save daily and meet at least once per week to discuss community issues and coordinate programs and projects to build upon their strengths and address their concerns. The savings schemes are networked at the regional and national level with their fellow savers. In addition, the groups are networked internationally with savers in over thirty countries.
In each city (or ‘region’ of the federation) savings groups are networked at the settlement and municipal/city level. Settlement and regional meeting take place monthly for planning and accounting purposes. This is essential for building an self governing urban poor organization. Regional representatives meet quartlery at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
The NSDFU is one of the 33 urban poor federations in the SDI network. Grounded in over 15 years of experience mobilizing communities, the tools or rituals of these federations allow organized communities of the urban poor to ensure participation in the democratic sphere is authentic, results-oriented, and inclusive of the most vulnerable.