Through the use of the Open Reblock platform, urban slum communities can create maps of their own neighborhoods, many of which are being mapped for the very first time. These maps provide an address for families that, in most cases, have never had one and pave the way for cities to reblock (or rearrange) the slums with minimal disruption—adding the streets that form a crucial foundation for extending basic and emergency services into these chronically underserved areas. This particular reblocking project is focused on urban slums in South Africa. With Amplify, SFI codesigned the training tools and programs to map the social and physical conditions of the urban slum community, and identify key windows for resilience opportunities. Leveraging SDI’s long history of community mobilization
in Cape Town’s townships, they seek to make the process of reblocking more adaptive and participatory—engaging residents of the communities in the process of planning their own neighborhoods.