Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu together with the Slum Dwellers International (SDI) yesterday launched the Digital Impact Tour Africa in Langa, Cape Town.
The objective of the Digital Impact Tour which has been undertaken in several cities around the world like Brussels, London and New York is to explore the implications of the digital age for global civil society and apply the knowledge to use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively.
The process involves a community- driven data collection in collaborative planning in which the poor are partners in the urban planning and upgrading.
“We want to promote the culture of communities being involved in the planning and development of their settlements, and starting with the data collection owned and provided by the communities themselves, is a step in the right direction”, said Minister Sisulu.
“We will use our partnership with (SDI) to provide necessary resources for the collection of data in communities to ensure correct and effective services. I would also like to further invite the SDI to participate in the upcoming African Ministers of Housing Conference, as this is the kind of information we need to plan better”, added Minister Sisulu.
The event, attended by about 150 people representing slum dweller social movements, civil society, funders, academics, city, provincial and national government, and the private sector explored the possibilities and responsibilities for using digital data to inform inclusive urban development policy and practice.
Rose Molokoane , coordinator of SDI network, said the communities must be organised in order to attract adequate partners, like government and private sector.