Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)
Launched 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.
-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.
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.
|The PSUP has set up the e-learning platform MyPSUP. MyPSUP is exclusively for PSUP country teams and the UN-HABITAT PSUP team.|