Our Programmes

ICRC’s work is organized through four working desks

  • Outreach and community education
  • Women’s Empowerment Desk
  • Litigation and Legal AdviceDesk
  • State of the Buildings Desk
Outreach, community education and mass mobilization.

Through the Outreach desk, ICRC coordinates its engagements with affiliated community organizations. The work of the desk ranges from:organizing regular meetings between ICRC team and ten democratically organised committee members to consult and take collective decisions regarding burning issues facing the communities. Facilitating education programs such as workshops and activist capacity building on key capabilities such as Grassroots democracy building, legal rights and advocacy training as well as topics on local government legislation, policies and processes and their role in improving their living condition through meaningful use of participation spaces. Conduct, in conjunction with buildings’ committees, participatory research with residents living in abandoned buildings to support a better-informed information base regarding poor people in the inner city, and develop more usable knowledge to promote, strengthen advocacy and engagement by communities. ICRC and its partners (SERI, Planact, CALS) with the City. Supporting the organising of Mass meetings involving residents, the ICRC team, as well as democratically organised committee members, to agree on concrete measures to improve living conditions.

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Aims

1. Organize committees in buildings to run meetings, unite residents to promote their issues and ability to influence decision-making and stimulate timely and effective implementation of developed plans and actions;

2. Coordinate, facilitate and train committee members to be empowered and skilled for participation and representation of their communities with legal/advocacy organizations and in meetings with the city;

3. Empower more women, through focused trainings/meetings to overcome fear, denial and stigma and start fighting against women’s abuse and xenophobia, and to actively participate in actions concerning their own issues and along with their communities

4. Mobilize leaders/communities for united participation in mass marches and meetings to politicize inclusivity in the city as a critical issue;

5. Regular participation in meetings organised by the city of Johannesburg or by councillors;

Various building visits, site inspections, meetings and workshops held with various communities at the places of their residence.

Having listened attentively to the reports and noticing a general demoralization of our affiliated community working committees. The ICRC has resolved to extend a leadership building and proactive outreach and educational campaign focusing on the work we are currently doing through a network of affiliated buildings and settlements spread across the Greater Johannesburg municipality. We have opted to call the campaign the We Won’t Move! Campaign. In reference to the historical struggles against forced removals and eviction, also because this slogan is sprayed on many of the buildings under threat of eviction in Johannesburg today, 2020. The ICRC seeks to intensify the struggle against evictions in the Inner-city of Johannesburg and to ensure full participation of our communities in nurturing an inclusive, safe and dignified urban existence.

Facilitating regular (5 meetings August- November) ICRC Steering Committee meetings with elected representatives of buildings, settlements and community groups working with ICRC.

Since the lifting of Lockdown restrictions on gatherings and movement in July 2020, the ICRC facilitated regular Steering Committee (SC) meetings on 07 October 2020, with elected representatives to discuss experiences of Lockdown and to plan a way forward in terms of the ICRC workshop on building inclusive, safe and dignified homes in the city, involving residents from the various communities in the Johannesburg inner-city. The ICRC staff was able to table the We Won’t Move Campaign for discussion and elaboration. The first SC meeting laid out a roadmap to achieving the campaign objectives. Subsequent meetings provided an opportunity to report on community reception and to further tailor the campaign to meet felt community needs.

Facilitating regular (5 meetings August- November) ICRC Steering Committee meetings with elected representatives of buildings, settlements and community groups working with ICRC.

Since the lifting of Lockdown restrictions on gatherings and movement in July 2020, the ICRC facilitated regular Steering Committee (SC) meetings on 07 October 2020, with elected representatives to discuss experiences of Lockdown and to plan a way forward in terms of the ICRC workshop on building inclusive, safe and dignified homes in the city, involving residents from the various communities in the Johannesburg inner-city. The ICRC staff was able to table the We Won’t Move Campaign for discussion and elaboration. The first SC meeting laid out a roadmap to achieving the campaign objectives. Subsequent meetings provided an opportunity to report on community reception and to further tailor the campaign to meet felt community needs.

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Women’s Empowerment Desk

One of the core commitments of ICRC is to make interventions that promote the rights of women and supports women’s’ leadership at all levels of society, particularly in community organisations. In pursuit of this objective, during the month of March 2011 the ICRC launched Rivoningo Women’s Forum (“The Light”). Rivoningo symbolizes a platform where women from different countries living in the inner city of Johannesburg get together, share their stories and get assistance for the difficulties they are facing in terms of violation of women’s rights. Since 2013 RWF is conducting a sewing project, the project teaches women how to sew wonder bags and bead work etc. Our ultimate aim is to run a well-resourced centre for women, including migrants and insecure tenants in the inner city of Johannesburg (CBD) as a focal point of activity that mobilises and strengthens women’s initiatives and those of the affected.

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Litigation and Legal Advice Desk

The ICRC litigation and legal advice desk which provides paralegal assistance to the inner city communities. It assists in disputes between landlord tenants. The desk’s key function is to use the application of the law as a tool for advocacy and lobbying authorities to provide access to social services, economic opportunities and affordable housing. The desk is the first point of contact between affected communities and based on the merits of the legal matter, refer community members to partner organisations which offer pro bono legal representation for communities who are under threat of evictions.

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State of the Buildings Desk

Bad buildings must decrease in number and the problem of overcrowded must find lasting resolution; where most of residents choose accommodation in newly affordable facilities organized by the city.

Aims

Data collection and participatory research – The ICRC database of buildings and

communities is updated and analysed and serves as an instrument to strengthen advocacy and engagement with the city.

Participatory building renovations workshop process covering planning, design and execution..

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Proposed solutions

Identify at least five bad buildings in which a participatory research is conducted about affordability of housing in the inner-city from residents’ perspective. Compile information collected and group it into categories and present it to stakeholders for process. Conduct regular participatory meetings with partners / fixing roles to be played by each and maintaining the inclusive consultation process. Liaise regularly with stakeholders to discuss issues such as control adoption of documents on housing; control of rent.