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 31st 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic will hit the world’s most vulnerable people the hardest including the one billion people living in informal settlements and slums worldwide. Please find the UN-Habitat Key Messages on this subject here.
November 17th, 24th and December 1st and 8th 2020
Join us for an Online Regional Workshop on participatory slum upgrading in Africa. Four sessions will bring together partners from several African countries and many other international stakeholders.
July 21st 2020
PSUP has joined forces with its partner countries and, in cooperation with the University Politecnico di Torino in Italy, compiled best-practice-COVID-19-solutions in slums from different parts of the world in an Interactive Project Catalogue
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.
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