This publication, produced by the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, discusses community exchanges between poor people. Horizontal exchanges provide people the space and support to explore and refine their knowledge, builds capacities to deal with the root issues of poverty and homelessness, and to work out their own means to participate in decision-making which affects their lives. Exchange builds networks and working alliances with sufficient scale and clout to strengthen representation of the poor in development debates and to expand the role the poor can play in bringing about equity and social justice. Solutions that are worked out locally potentially become the building blocks for scaling up. The report extracts some of the fundamental ideas about community exchanges, which are then examined in further detail and illustrated with anecdotes. Ideas, tips and lessons learned abound!