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Hi Kate,

thank you very much for the encouragement. We have posted our reviewed and revised comments and project plan in the Improve phase as images.

We answered all the reviewers comments by going back to our data and identifying one key issue around which we could federate around in both cities through using planning and our data processes and system to create concrete mechanisms of trust, collaboration, conflict resolution as not only a base for human development, but also as a potential path for peace and prosperity.

There is one question we do hope became clear through our presentation, but in case it did not, here goes:

Q: How have you identified that three community meetings during the mapping process will be adequate for five neighborhoods, and the authentic inclusion of diverse community members?

A: Mapping and data collection meetings are only the beginning of the process:
There is a general, comprehensive approach to create collective efficacy in each community
- savings groups which meet at least once a week
- the long term iterative processes are led and ‘curated’ by the savings groups
- the process is build on our SDI incremental settlement upgrading framework
- we use in-country and international learning exchanges between our federations to share learnings and build soft-skills.

We recognize that there may also have been some confusion in the number of settlements. There are 3 settlements in total. Two in Monrovia and one in Freetown.

The 3 settlements is Freetown (Crab Town, Kolleh Town and Gray Bush) have since last year decided to amalgamate (CKG) as a heuristic to strengthen their capacity for engagement and create more voice. This in itself presents an opportunity to develop communities capacities to think beyond the immediate boundaries of their own homes and settlements and practice their negotiation skills at the local level.

Within Monrovia, given the context and the age of the federation, they are still cautious in engaging with organizations beyond the SDI network of federations and partners.

In Sierra Leone the federation is already engaged with other civil society actors in this space. Here their reply:
"We are working in collaboration with other community development partners. We already have the Pull Slum Pan Pipul (PSPP) Consortium that constitute of six organisations working in similar settlements, including the Freetown City Council (FCC), Njala University, University College London through the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, all are key partners to this process. The data generated will be shared with these partners to support the process."

We believe strengthening the relationships within this partnership will be of great benefit for the federation and also a great opportunity for learning for the federation in Liberia on how to balance and capitalize on engagements with organisations beyond our own network.

Thanks to all the reviewers for their comments which have guided us to think more concretely about what we hope to achieve and set clear and measurable targets for ourselves.

Thank you too for your support and we hope very much to continue on this journey with you all.

Best wishes
Anni & Team

Hi Elly,

thanks so much for your encouragement.

Best wishes

Hi Ryan,
thanks for your interest! Checked out your project and we will inbox you to continue the conversation.

Best wishes