PSUP has adopted a three phased approach.
Phase 1: Urban Profiling
During the implementation of phase one, cities conduct rapid, participatory, cross cutting, multi-sectoral and action oriented assessment of needs, with the aim of identifying challenges and response mechanisms. Some of the methods applied during the profiling include desk reviews, interviews with key actors and country-wide consultations. The main themes analyzed are urban governance, urban safety, shelter, land, gender, local economic development, basic urban services, disaster management, climate change, and environment.
Phase 2: Action Planning and Programme Document Formulation
During the second phase, which builds upon the results from the urban profiling, cities prioritize interventions at neighbourhood level as well as analyse planning and development frameworks for slum upgrading and prevention. In addition, networks for slum upgrading work are established, capacity building activities implemented and authorities supported to identify funding sources.
Phase 3: Project / Programme Implementation
During the third phase, municipal authorities, regional and central governments are supported to implement some of the tangible projects identified.