Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

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

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Cities in developing countries are facing enormous challenges. Rapid urban growth has resulted in a significant increase in slums and one out of every three urbanites now lives in a slum. UN-HABITAT’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) will improve the lives of slum dwellers in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. This Programme is fundamental to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


"to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015"  


"achieving significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020" 


UN-HABITAT is working with the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat through the PSUP to mobilize partners and resources to reduce urban poverty.

PSUP Successes

Currently 63 cities in 34 countries are using the PSUP to address urban poverty in a participatory and holistic manner. Eventually the PSUP will be implemented in 79 ACP countries. Below are some of the successes to date:

  • R.D. Congo leveraged $250,000 in slum upgrading investment from Kinshasa Province
  • Ghana identified and mapped every slum in Accra
  • Fiji completed urban profiles for Suva, Nadi and Lautoka
  • Kenya is providing secure land tenure to 6,500 households in Mtwapa
  • Cameroun is building 500 water and electricity points in Nkolbikok slum
  • Mozambique is building two public sanitation facilities that generate energy from biogas

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Recently, world leaders gathered in New York to commit to the new sustainable development goals. For the first time, a specifically urban goal is among the 17 goals to be achieved by 2030. This goal is to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. It reflects growing recognition that human development dep... Read more

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Phase 1 Urban Profiling

The urban profile is a city-wide overview and needs assessment.

Phase 2 Action planning and programme document formulation

Cities prioritize interventions on the neighbourhood level and develop one or more pilot slum upgrading projects.

Phase 3 Project implementation

Pilot projects developed in phase 2 are implemented.

Phase 4 Scaling up

The best projects from phase 3 are replicated and scaled up nationally.