Change starts with each individual. The name Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme already suggests how strongly the participatory approach shapes our work. People and their needs are our priority, and PSUP involves all stakeholders. Authorities, communities, private sector and a broad range of urban practitioners are all partners in the slum upgrading process.
We particularly encourage slum dwellers to participate in our project, since no one knows better than the people from the neighbourhoods what it is lacking. Our experience has shown that people in the slums are willing to accept responsibility if they feel they belong. PSUP involves them in the decision-making process and the design, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the upgrading initiatives.
Slum dwellers benefit from investments in their required technical training while contributing their knowledge, work and resources. In this way, not only is something structurally changing in the slum, but the mind-sets of its inhabitants also changes. In other words, PSUP is pushing a development process.
Encourage participation and involve all stakeholders - falls under these SDGs:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are starting to implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.