Launched in 2008, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) works to improve the living conditions in towns and cities and to contribute to Millennium Goal 7, Target 11, to improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020. Currently, there are 34 countries and 150 cities across the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) participating in the programme.
The programme's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of local, central, and regional institutions and key stakeholders in settlement and slum improvement through the use of good governance and management approaches, pilot projects, and contributing, where needed, to policy development and the implementation of institutional, legislative, financial, and normative and implementation frameworks.
To meet these challenges, the PSUP programme seeks to harmonize with local and national stakeholders on key slum upgrading projects through creating a network for regional slum upgrading challenges. For this purpose, regional training and policy seminars on the programme's concept, themes, and methods will be organized with all stakeholders involved. The programme also aims to support local and national authorities in identifying adequate funding to carry out specific activities.
The PSUP is being implemented through a tripartite partnership between the European Commission
, the ACP Group of States
, and UN-Habitat.