Accountable Democratic Action (ADA) through Social Cohesion

The USAID-funded ADA Program empowers and supports citizens living in informal settlements. DIG works with 30+ informal settlements across Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Kadoma, and Epworth). Collaborating with Dialogue on Shelter, a Slum Dwellers International affiliate, the ADA program team has successfully mobilized slum dwellers into 100+ solidarity groups. They are now more effectively engaging with government authorities and advocate to protect their rights. Local and national decision-makers’ increased accountability regarding constitutional provisions protects the urban poor’s rights to shelter and basic services.

With support from ADA, women-led solidarity groups are undertaking collective savings and lending.

The Program also helps informal settlers better protect their rights via legal advice, training, and formal legal representation. Finally, ADA provides psychosocial training and support services to program beneficiaries who have suffered from eviction-related trauma. (2018-2021)

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