Andy Bolnick
(KDHSL 1984) 

Andy Bolnick completed a degree in Political Science and Sociology from Wits University. She worked with social movements from the early 90’s and joined the Shack Dwellers International (SDI) Network in 1997 supporting saving schemes and micro-finance groups in informal settlements across South Africa. As a result of her exposure to the pressing needs of the poor she pioneered work on informal settlement upgrading long before Government recognized its importance viewing informality as part of the solution. In 2006 Andy set up her own initiative, Ikhayalami (‘My Home’) providing innovative shelter and infrastructural solutions to poor communities in informal settlements in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban pioneering this with working with communities to reconfigure settlement wide layouts. This initiative has influenced how the state, poor communities and other NGO’s implement informal settlement upgrading.

Andy has worked with shack dweller communities in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil and India.In 2011 she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship (a global organisation that identifies leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems) in recognition of the contribution she has made. She is a finalist in the Financial Times – Citi Ingenuity Award.