The Participatory Slum Upgrading and Prevention Programme (PSUP) will for the first time hold a networking event at the fifth session of the World Urban Forum. This will provide a platform for the programme and other interested countries to dialogue around the results, challenges and successes.
The networking event will be held in line with the theme of the World Urban Forum, ‘The right to the city: bridging the urban divide,’ which PSUP responds to particularly those related to shelter, governance, and participation and sustainable urbanization.
The purpose of the networking event is to create a dialogue around the challenges faced by different countries, to share experiences around the common and different challenges, to identify programme priorities, to evaluate programme results and offer possible responses to the challenges encountered half way through the PSUP.
In line with the theme of the World Urban Forum, PSUP responds to the challenges of rapid urbanization and global urban poverty by contributing directly to Goal 7, Target 11, to improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020. Through the implementation of slum-upgrading activities in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (which are amongst the poorest countries in the world with the highest urbanization rates) PSUP works with local and national stakeholders on key slum-upgrading projects and facilitates their interaction on regional slum-upgrading challenges.