Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

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

How PSUP works

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The partners of PSUP

Slum upgrading country teams established in each participating country are the core of PSUP. The programme recognizes that in order to have a sustainable and long-lasting impact, slum upgrading must be locally-led and be institutionalized within countries. The ultimate goal is to develop the structure and planning processes necessary for countries to organize and implement slum upgrading independently and beyond the timeline and scope of PSUP.


Country teams are responsible for all aspects of PSUP within their country. They facilitate consultation, produce outputs and oversee implementation of slum upgrading activities. They also ensure coherence among national priorities, policies, and ongoing activities to avoid duplication.


During the first phase, each team consists of three experts – ideally from a national or local institution, university, or NGO – who cover the main themes. This is to ensure that lessons learned and skills benefit the urban communities. During the second phase, depending on the agreed priority interventions, six to ten similar experts are needed. During the third phase, the team is modified as necessary to undertake implementation of projects.


Country teams need the expertise, resources and knowledge of other major urban stakeholders to carry out their work. Government ministries and local authorities have a significant role in the PSUP process. They are at the forefront of consultations and workshops. They have an enabling role, as they are able to create conditions favourable to new urban development paradigms. Target groups are involved to contextualize planning and assist with implementation. The participation of academic institutions is important, as they are able to provide expertise in adapting the PSUP methodology to local conditions. In addition, they can often offer economic inputs to the local programme teams.


The work of country teams is supported by UN-Habitat, including a core team at headquarters in Nairobi. Focal points from regional and country offices assist with the everyday management and coordination. Regional workshops facilitated by UN-Habitat support country teams at key steps in PSUP.


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