Community advocacy and documentation
Settlement forums are a platform for exchanging ideas and participation amongst all stakeholders in the settlement; aimed at influencing policy and legal reforms for sustainable development thus achieving participatory governance, by guaranteeing communication flows between slum dwellers/ community and the different urban stakeholders. They are part of a network of Urban Forums organised at national, city and settlement level with the purpose of bringing together different actors and stakeholders at that given level to discuss solutions to different challenges being faced.
Settlement forums therefore play a crucial role in generating creative local solutions and partnerships between the local community members with the different stakeholders. This bridging the gap in the community by making planning more responsive to on ground realities and implementation a collective effort since they bring together communities at parish level to gather information and plan for their settlements as well as formulating proposals for development.