EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Chairman of Brikama Area Council, Sheriffo Sonko has presented Gambia’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) activity report during a panel discussion at the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Mr Sonko told the gathering that Gambia has an Urban Population of 61.3% with urbanization rate of 4.07%, saying Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) was launched in 2008 and has three phases. “Implementation of phase one, which focused on Urban profiling started in 2010 in three Municipalities of Banjul, Kanifing and Brikama.”
Held on the theme: Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation, the 10th World Urban Forum is organized and convened by UN-Habitat and has become the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization with over 18, 000 participants from over 168 countries.
The Chairman of Gambia’s rapidly urbanizing Local Government Area told the gathering that participatory assessment methods were used and main themes include urban governance, urban safety, shelter, land, gender, local economic development, basic urban services, disaster management, environment and climate change.
Mr Sonko outlined the numerous success stories of PSUP and highlighted the Water extension project in the Community of Ebo Town in the Kanifing Municipality. This project, he added has increased access to water and reduce incidences of water borne diseases.