Decalogue for Participatory Slum Upgrading
A Roadmap for Latin America and the Caribbean

Decalogue for Participatory Slum Upgrading

A Roadmap for Latin America and the Caribbean

 

The vulnerability of slum dwellers affects us all. The spread of COVID-19 illustrates this in an unprecedented manner. In an interconnected world, solidarity is an urgent necessity rather than a luxury good. Therefore, it is our joint responsibility to act and fight essential slum upgrading that improves the well-being of its inhabitants, realizes their rights, enhances political participation, and respects the environment.

Today, one billion people – equalling nearly 15% of the global population – live in informal settlements and slums, and it is predicted that this number will triple by 2030.  In Latin America, 21% of the urban population resides in so-called substandard housing. These numbers prove especially significant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as the urban poor are disproportionately at risk of infection due to high density and precarious housing situations.

We have joined forces with an alliance of civil society organizations, social movements, universities, research centers, international and regional organizations, and networks to launch the Decalogue for Participatory Slum upgrading in Latin America and the Caribbean to highlight ten concrete steps towards a truly integral slum upgrading process. This alliance was created within the framework of the Synergies for Solidarity initiative to collectively imagine a more just post-pandemic future, building a global network of collaboration and empathy.

While it is crucial to respond to immediate needs, integral slum upgrading programmes need to contribute to a long-term post-pandemic recovery to ensure that efforts are not in vain. It is clear that actors on local, national, and global levels can draw on knowledge and tools generated by decades of exchange and best practices that to do this. However, only by working together will we pave the way for these tools to be used effectively and to make a difference in people's lives. We invite local authorities and other stakeholders to join this discussion and learning process to support a truly sustainable and integral approach to slum upgrading while still recognizing that no countries and slums are the same or have the same needs. 

Join us in collectively re-imagining our communities and moving towards cities and human settlements that foster political and social inclusion, equitable economic growth, and environmental justice!

Slum upgrading remains the most financially and socially appropriate approach to addressing the challenge of existing slums.
UN Habitat

The Decalogue consists of ten dimensions that illustrate the steps towards comprehensive and participatory Slum upgrading

 

These ten dimensions are essential to long-term strategies that promote the improvement of living conditions based on human rights, sustainability, and fairness. This vision for cities also tackles social and economic inequalities and promoted respect for the diversity of populations and involves stakeholders from different sectors of society to advance a holistic understanding of the Right to the City.

Join us in collectively re-imagining our communities and moving towards cities and human settlements that foster political and social inclusion, equitable economic growth, and environmental justice!
Cities Alliance
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Looking for more information?

 

We invite you to explore the different dimensions further through the sources provided below.

 

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Read here how Cities Alliance defines Slum upgrading.

 

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The Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) explains the social functions of the city.

 

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UN Habitat and COHRE among others explain in detail how access to water and sanitation facilities as a human right can be improved.

 

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How can participatory planning and tenure security be enhanced? Two experts shed light on key topics of innovative territorial planning.

 

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To support SDG 11 promoting inclusive and safe cities, all inhabitants of urban settlements need to be acknowledged and included in political decision-making.

 

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WIEGO is envisioning an increased participation of informal female labour. UN Habitat elaborates on a policy on gender equality and empowerment in urban space.

 

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Explore how Slum upgrading can be financed by empowering slum dwellers through credit groups.

 

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Knowledge is power: The campaign Know Your City  by SDI, UCLG and Cities Alliance supports communities in informal settlements to collect data on their environment.

 

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Understand how storytelling fosters human-centred approaches to urban development and intiates social change.

 

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Learn from the joint report of C40 and Cities Alliance how climate resilience and Slum upgrading intersect.

Unplanned and informal settlements are celebrated as vibrant mixed-use areas and recognized as a legitimate part of the city through policies and mapping that confirm the rights of all.
Habitat III conference