Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC)
Established in 2002, the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) supports community-based initiatives that are aimed at building pro-poor and inclusive cities. CORC provides support to networks of informal settlements that are mobilized around specific issues such as land, evictions, basic services and citizenship, and women’s collectives that are mobilized through savings. CORC’s interventions enable communities to learn from each other and create solidarity in order to broker deals with formal institutions – especially government. CORC is a South African Slum Dwellers International Alliance (SA SDI) partner. Currently one of the SA SDI Alliance’s strongest engagement tools with local government is that of community-collected data. Over the past decade CORC has worked with alliance partners the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDUP) and the Informal Settlement Network (ISN), to sharpen deeply participatory community-driven data collection methodologies focused on informal settlement profiling, enumeration and GIS mapping. These methodologies serve as a mobilizing and community-organizing tool and strengthen CORC’s capacity to advocate and negotiate for improved living conditions in informal settlements across South African cities.
Formed as a voluntary association of professionals in 1985, Planact has evolved into a well-established non-government development organisation. Planact works with poor communities and informal settlement residents in a number of metropolitan and local municipalities across Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces. On request from organized communities, Planact supports the development and strengthening of community-based organizations and provides capacity building, social facilitation, research, and advocacy support to promote participatory governance, integrated human settlements, and community economic development. Planact works extensively with communities on issues of access to basic services such as water, sanitation, and electricity but also supports communities to engage more meaningfully with processes and issues related to informal settlement upgrading and housing provision.