Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

A UN-HABITAT programme in cooperation with the European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat. Read more

Namibia Phase 2

Namibia joined the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) in 2012. Before doing so, Namibia was one of the countries that implemented the PSUP approach independently. By 2012, the country had a population of 2.28 million inhabitants. The proportion of the urban population living in slum areas was 33 percent (751,000) in 2007.


Namibia’s population growth is now steadily slowing down, from a rate of 9 percent over the decade to 2010 to an expected 5.7 percent by 2050. However, urbanization rates are predicted to continue rising during the current 2010–2020 decade to 6.4 percent. About 90 percent of the rural population had access to an improved water source in 2010.


Namibia features relatively low slum concentrations, similar to those in the middle-income countries of Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Municipalities make bulk purchases of water and electricity from public utilities for distribution to households. However, lack of sanitation and durable housing are responsible for high rates of diarrhoeal diseases among children, with a prevalence of 17.6 percent in Namibia’s slum areas, compared with 11.6 percent among children from non-slum households.


Profiled cities

To be announced soon


Current status

Phase 1: Urban profiling – forthcoming

Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – forthcoming

Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming