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Sonko, the chairman of Brikama Area Council on Monday 10 February 2020
presented the PSUP (Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme) activity report of
The Gambia during a panel discussion at 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates.
The theme of the World Urban Forum 2020 was: ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.’
The chairman of The Gambia’s most rapidly urbanizing local government area told the august gathering that the country has an Urban Population of 61.3% and with urbanization rate of 4.07%.
Mr. Sonko disclosed that the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) was launched in 2008 and has three phases. He reported that the implementation of phase one which focuses on Urban profiling started in 2010 in three municipalities, Banjul, Kanifing and Brikama.
The BAC chairman noted 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.
The BAC boss 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 reduced incidences of water borne diseases.
He stated that the community of Tobacco Road in Banjul has benefited from a solar street lighting project, road construction and a Youth Centre of Excellence in the community of Tobacco road in Banjul while the community of Jambarr Sanneh under the jurisdiction of Brikama Area Council has benefited from the construction of a 1km drainage system and a tractor for refuse collection.
Despite the success stories, Chairman Sonko lamented inadequate policy frameworks for urban planning and development and inadequate human and financial resources as key challenges that affected the smooth implementation process of the PSUP in The Gambia.
The 10th World Urban Forum is organised and convened by UN-Habitat and has become the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization with over 18000 participants from over 168 countries.