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Johannesburg, the Inner City Resource Centre, the legal advice for housing rights

Located in the Johannesburg Central Business District, the Inner City Resource Centre (ICRC) is a Non-Profit Organisation that operates in the field of humanitarianism, advocacy and development. Primarily, the ICRC assists under resourced residents of the inner-city of Johannesburg with issues regarding housing and human rights violations.

The ICRC emerged from the Inner City Forum (ICF) in 2005.The Inner city Forum was a community-initiated organisation formed in 2000 to oppose growing illegal evictions, electricity and water cuts off that were taking place in the Johannesburg inner city. The Inner City Resource Centre was then initiated to mobilize resources and set up a legal advice centre for the residents of the Johannesburg inner city. In 2006 the Inner City Form ceased to exist and its activities were taken over by the ICRC.

Since 2005, the ICRC is providing paralegal services to communities of the inner-city of Johannesburg on the ground level through workshops, study groups and meetings. The ICRC also conducts women’s projects during which women learned how to generate income from the talents they possess. The ICRC works in close partnership with Earthlife Africa, Planact, CALS, SERI and Hogan Lovells.

The ICRC’s mission, as envisaged for the implementation of its current project, consists of the realisation of its vision for the inner city of Johannesburg through making large-scale impact by engaging strategically  with community groups and partners to highlight human rights abuses in all forms; organising and mobilising communities; stimulating and initiating projects, all in furtherance of the making of an inclusive, integrated, safe and friendly inner city of Johannesburg environment in which the human rights of all, and in particular women, are achieved and sustained in practice.

In this perspective, the ICRC intends to contribute to the Agenda 2063 which sought the development of the continent starting from the grassroots level in the cities; develop or emancipate mentally the low class people to protect and sustain the environment. We believe that the development of a city, a country as a nation and consequently of the continent begins at the community level. 

Therefore, our expectations for the AFRICITIES Summit are resumed on the achievements of its goals set because they meet our vision of a well secure and inclusive continent where democracy encounters no discrimination. We expect delegates to agree to one mandate regarding the issues of housing in communities, to see that delegates agree on resolutions to be submitted as contribution to the coming World Urban Social Forum and Habitat III. We also expect to share our views and borrow the best practices from the views of others in order to ameliorate in future our conduct regarding similar issues. 

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