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Reblocking: A Partnership Guide

A handbook to support the reblocking of informal settlements through a multiple stakeholder effort

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Students of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

01 January 2012

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)


uKESA Librarian 2

Guide/ Handbook

South Africa

This Reblocking Partnership Guide (PDF, 2.46MB) provides initial guidance to any interested party in developing and implementing a reblocking project. It primarily focuses on partnerships between communities, Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), and Municipal governments to offer clear insights into the necessary steps and topics for discussion. Please note that this is not an all-encompassing document. It encourages users to view it as the initial step in the process. While it covers essential details for reblocking, it's important not to restrict discussions solely to the ideas presented here. Moreover, an Appendix with valuable documents for various stages of the reblocking project has been included.


Reblocking is a process developed by Shack Dwellers International (SDI) that is based primarily on the spatial reconfiguration of shacks in informal settlements (SDI 2012). Shacks are rearranged and reconstructed to maximize open space in the settlement. Shacks are also often built on raised platforms and the settlements are graded to prevent flooding. Reblocking is considered an in-situ process due to its minimal disruption of resident’s lives throughout the duration of the project. Reblocking is only made possible by the commitment and manual labour of community members where reblocking is occurring, a very bottom-up strategy.


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