Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)

Slum UpgradingLaunched in 2008, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) is a joint effort of the  African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Commission (EC) and UN-Habitat. To date, the programme has reached out to 35 ACP countries and 160 cities, and has provided the necessary enabling framework for improving the lives of at least 2 million slum dwellers. The PSUP’s approach is grounded on its emphasis on integrating slum dwellers into the broader urban fabric and adopting a positive stance towards slum dwellers and in-situ slum upgrading, using city-wide participatory planning methods. ACP Member States have joined the programme with the aim of addressing the challenge slums and improving living standards of urban poor by adopting theintegrated strategies and systemic change fronted by the PSUP as well as benefit from inter-regional technical exchange achieved in each other’s efforts.

In practical terms, PSUP puts slums on the ‘urban’ maps and facilitates dialogue at local, national and regional levels that is necessary for ‘mind-set change’,that is a key driver to positivepolicy changes towards sustainable and inclusive urbanization. Initiation of urban strategic planning, increased budget allocations and formation multi-stakeholder partnerships for the sustainable improvement of slum dwellers’ living condition are some of positive results of this policy change the PSUP is promoting within the ACP.

PSUP thus:

-provides key tools to address the challenge of slums and prevent the proliferation of new ones,
-provides a positive practical experience of inclusive integrated slum upgrading through which all stakeholders learn key lessons and feel confident to adopt participatory planning in other upgrading and planning processes,
-institutionalizes partnerships and improved governance arrangements
-equips government with key financing mechanisms for slum upgrading including mechanisms to engage and empower slum dwellers themselves,
-delivers relevant, community led improved infrastructure to slum dwellers
-empowers key urban actors, especially slum dwellers themselves, to contribute to the incremental eradication of urban poverty at community, city-wide and national levels.

Purpose of Program

The PSUP Approach

PSUP Principles

PSUP Achievements

Why Should Countries Join PSUP

How to Join PSUP

Where PSUP is being implemented

The Programme has grown considerably since it was first launched in 2008. Beginning with only 12 countries, with the support of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat the PSUP has expanded to 35 countries, involving more than 150 cities.


Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Cote d'Ivoire
Congo Brazaville
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Purpose of program The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme is working with public authorities to assess the urban sector challenges and development needs in The Kingdom of Lesotho as they relate to challenge of slums.  Using a multi-sectorial analytical and participatory approach, the Programme seeks to contribute to more effective urban management and urban governance system capable of devising appropriate remedial and preventive policy responses to slums.
Implementation Phase: Phase I
Duration: November 2013 – December 2015
Value: US$120,000
Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftainship and Parliamentary Affairs
Profile cities/ location: Maseru Municipal Council, Mafeteng Urban Council and Maputsoe Urban Council
Purpose of program The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme aims at improving the lives of slum dwellers by addressing the five deprivations that characterize a slum  namely, inadequate water; sanitation; durability of housing, overcrowding and tenure insecurity. Interventions are underpinned by three cross-cutting and complementary approaches: gender approach, human rights based approach, and results-based management approach. Results will add value to the development of policy, institutional, legislative, financial, and normative and implementation frameworks. The neighbourhoods of Gamkalle and Sage were selected for the implementation of pilot projects.
Implementation Phase: Phase III
Duration: 2008 – December 2015
Value: US$900,000
Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat , City of Niamey and Ministry of Urban Development and Housing
Profile cities/ location: Neighbourhoods of Gamkalle and Sage, in the city of Niamey, Mirriah
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Purpose of program The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme is being implemented with a focus on improving living conditions in slums and addressing the existing gaps in the regulations and policies for the improvement of slums. The programme also aims at sensitizing communities on the importance of the living environment, particularly in the three cities of Lomé, Sokodé and Cinkassé.
Implementation Phase: Phase I
Duration: August 2014 – July 2015
Value: US$50,000
Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
Implementing Partners: UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Urban Planning and Housing
Profile cities/ location: Lomé, Sokodé and Cinkassé


Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Purpose of program The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme is contributing towards strengthened relationships between national and sub-national government. The Programme also supports the implementation of the Solomon Islands Urban Management Programme of Support (SUMP) that provides a framework to integrate and coordinate an increasing number of pro-urban management interventions at national, provincial and Honiara city-level. PSUP is being implemented with a focus on the development and adoption of inclusive policies and strategies for slum upgrading in line with the PSUP principles and contributing to the achievement of MDG 7 C and D. The Programme aims to strengthen community, city and national key stakeholders’ capacities in participatory slum upgrading.
Implementation Phase: Phase II
Duration: November 2013 – December 2015
Value: US$85,000
Donor: European Commission and, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
Implementing Partners: UN Habitat and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey
Profile cities/ location: Honiara City, Auki and Gizo
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Vanuatu (Pacific)

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The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) is an initiative of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat, funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN-Habitat.

The PSUP has set up the e-learning platform MyPSUP. MyPSUP is exclusively for PSUP country teams and the UN-HABITAT PSUP team.



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