One in eight people live in slums worldwide. This number is rising fast. If no action is taken, 3 billion people will live in slums by 2030.
PSUP works on the 2030 agenda to ensure access for all people to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, which is essential for a sustainable urbanisation.
We bring all stakeholders together. In a strong network, communities, financial partners and governments seek solutions to improve people’s lives in the slums.
Slum dwellers contribute to the economy of a city. The strengthening of the informal economy is a key source of employment and part of the PSUP mission.
March 11th 2021
Community Rehousing and Neighbourhood Upgrading Project in Unplanned Settlements in Kigali, Rwanda
This is a CALL FOR PROPOSALS to address organizations that are specialized to carry out participatory planning, community mobilization, and capacity building in community-based management, to support the City of Kigali in the project “Community Rehousing and Neighbourhood Upgrading Project in Unplanned Settlements”.
6th to 8th July 2021
We are pleased to announce that the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS-ACP), the European Commission (EC) and UN-Habitat are meeting again in their 4th Tripartite ACP/EC/UN-Habitat Conference to discuss results, progress and impacts on the commitments agreed in the last ACP/EC/UN-Habitat Declaration in Brussels in 2018.
February 24th 2021
We are launching a CALL FOR ACTION to support community-based waste management and the establishment of an enabling framework for a Public Private People Partnership (PPPP) in low-income areas and informal settlements in Kisumu, Kenya.
Countries worldwide involved into our program
Cities engaged in PSUP
Slum dwellers benefit
Men and woman improved their living conditions already
Twenty years ago, a young man in the slums of Yaoundé founded a local waste collection service. Supported by UN-Habitat, he effectually changed the mindset of many slum dwellers. Read our latest impact story about a unique initiative.
PSUP COVID-19 Response in Mtwapa, Kenya
At the onset of the Coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March 2021, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) and the community-based organization SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) launched an emergency response package in several informal settlements along the Kenyan Coast.
In a large-scale low-cost housing program, Guyana's government wants to tackle its country's housing crisis by upgrading its informal settlements and participatory resettlement of slum dwellers. The Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) of UN-Habitat is to support them in their efforts.
Their talents and ideas.
They contribute to a city wide upgrading
From randomly grown, densely populated settlements to neighbourhoods that meet planning guidelines and requirements: modest estates in which every inhabitant should have access to clean drinking water, a toilet, with adequate roads and safe living spaces
Which draw on the knowledge of stakeholders and communities are important tools to improve the upgrading process
Have a leading role in the success of slum upgrading. They can lay the foundations for development such as providing the enabling environment and implementing policies
Employment and local economic development need to go hand in hand with structural slum upgrading
“When we try to solve a problem in the slums, we tend to view the world from our perspective as technocrats, donors or politicians, our professional technical judgement of what is the priority of the slum dwellers, but sometimes their behaviour, the choices they make, what they concern about or not, is very different from ours. Why? Because poverty is hell! If we don’t understand what is the immediate burden of the slum dwellers, it will be difficult for us to design interventions that succeed. It is really important that we spend more time listening to the poor!”
Lead Specialist - Housing and Urban Development at Inter-American Development Bank
“Most people in our community were not able to change their situation themselves in the beginning: they lacked money and education. We needed the kick-start from outside to see the solutions to our problems. In the meantime, many people in our slum villages have understood this and are taking on more and more responsibility. In the end, our village should manage itself.”
PSUP Project Coordinator in Majengo, Mtwapa, Kenya
"We didn't choose to live in the slum! But we live there. It is our home. We have to make the best of it. And this is a challenge. We are often cut off from our governments, which treat us as if we were not citizens of a city. Something must happen at this point! But we cannot rely on governments alone. All those involved must participate so that something can be improved in the lives of us slum dwellers. So that means including us!”
Slum Dwellers International, Uganda
"Slum upgrading only works with the government. It has to be involved at both national and county level and at every stage of the project. It should assume responsibility in the interests of its citizens and participate financially and structurally"
Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, State Department of Housing and Urban Development in Kenya