CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS - PSUP seeks for innovative business solutions to improve peoples’ lives in slums and informal settlements together with the local communities

We are launching a Call for Partnerships with companies for private sector innovations, for investment proposals and business cases for low-income urban communities.

In the context of this call, we look forward to receiving your proposals for innovations, solutions, products, methods or services from the private sector that can help to improve the living conditions of people in slums and informal settlements. This call is about a common goal: to create long-term global strategic, financing and project partnerships between UN-Habitat and the private sector. In this way we want to work with local communities to demonstrate the social and economic impact of business models.

Partner and Innovate! with PSUP for business cases in slums and informal settlements.

Submit your proposal until 1.1.2021

PARTICIPATORY SLUM UPGRADING PROGRAMME - Regional online workshop for Africa

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. Each session will be 3h30 long and will be held online. Sessions will be available in French and English.

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Please register here: Link to register to the workshop.
Find the Needs Assessment Survey here: questionnaire on capacity building needs assessment (to be filled prior to the workshop).

Find more on our E-learning website: Workshop materials available under the course "Regional Workshop for Africa 2020"

New Interactive Project Catalogue

The best COVID-19 responses for informal settlements and slums often come from their inhabitants themselves. People know their area and community structure best. People know what is needed and what can be put into practice quickly with manageable funds. PSUP has therefore joined forces with its partner countries and, in cooperation with the University Politecnico di Torino in Italy, compiled best-practice-solutions from different parts of the world in an Interactive Project Catalogue. The projects and activities presented in this map.
have already proven themselves in our partner countries. These experiences should now be useful to others in similar situations. The map divides all these activities into sectors such as affordable housing, clean water and sanitation, general health and livelihood, tenure security and protection of vulnerable groups. It provides suggestions for transferring case studies and actions to other countries.

The PSUP Interactive Project Catalogue is a call to participate! Share your best practice solutions and COVID-19 response projects for slums and informal settlements. In your experience, what has been done in your country, city, or community to flatten the COVID-19 curve in slums? What measures have you taken in informal settlements that could be replicated in other countries? Submit your suggestions and have your action included in the PSUP Project Catalogue. 

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UN-Habitat Urban October

Join us on our UN-Habitat Urban October Events. The month starts with the World Habitat Day on Monday 7th, October under the theme “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth“. This day provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on our common urban future and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (WUF 10), February 8th to 13th, 2020

PSUP invites all its partners to the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) on February 8th to 13th, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, organized by UN-Habitat and the Government of the United Arab Emirates under the theme “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation”.

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3rd International ACP/EC/UN-Habitat Tripartite Conference

from November 14th to 16th 2018 in Brussels

1 Billion people live in slums today – these are one in eight people worldwide! We take action to create a change. Ministers, Mayors, representatives of NGOs, of the private sector, from Universities and our financing partners from across the globe joint in a common dialog for the same vision: To better the lives of slum dwellers all over the world and halve their numbers by 2030. As a result of this international conference, we signed the Brussels Declaration and Action Framework.

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Esteemed visit from Pointe Noire

Mayor Jean François Kando and a government delegation from the Republic of Congo visited us in January 2019 at the Headquarters of UN-Habitat for several days. Together with the Congolese politicians, we discussed ways to implement country wide the PSUP Phase III, especially in the city of Pointe Noire. In a jointly signed Memorandum of Understanding, the government agreed to support PSUP projects with a substantial financial contribution.

"A contribution that we must make"

Mr Jean-François Kando, Mayor of Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, recently visited the UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss financial commitment for the PSUP. The municipality of Pointe-Noire plans to support the slum upgrading process in two city districts with 250 Million CFA Francs in 2019.

Kenya Slum Upgrading and Prevention Bill: Consultative Workshop at the Kenya Institute of Monetary Studies

Following the adoption of the 2016 Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy, the National Assembly, the Senate, and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works in Nairobi started the process of developing the Kenya Slum Upgrading and Prevention Bill, which when enacted by the Kenyan Parliament to law will guide slum upgrading and prevention activities as well as mandated responsible institutions. UN-Habitat was invited to be part of a steering committee for the preparation of this bill. The committee, chaired by the Directorate of Slum Upgrading, comprises different stakeholders from Government, NGOs, universities, and financing partners. The consultative workshop was held on 6th February 2019 at the Kenya Institute of Monetary Studies to seek inputs and feedback from wider stakeholders including the slum communities. They all enriched the draft bill, to facilitating development of an advanced version.