KambiThe Global Land Tool Network and the Participatory Slum upgrading Program (PSUP) will, beginning August 28, hold a three-day workshop in Nairobi on new opportunities for slum upgrading and governance improvement through a Participatory and Inclusive Land Readjustment (PILaR) tool.

PILaR refers to one of the new initiatives of UN-Habitat which aims to promote the supply of serviced urban land through a negotiated process. It is also a tool that can help bring about sustainable densities (densification), the redevelopment of dilapidated neighborhoods in addition to the upgrading of slums. As such, PILaR then becomes an "effective method of urbanization, re-urbanisation and slum upgrading that also ensures the fair redistribution of land value changes among landholders," says Paola Siclari who is involved in the project.

At the workshop, UN-Habitat will demonstrate some globally tested methodologies and tools that can be applied and share experiences drawn from adjustment initiatives applied in high informal contexts in South East Asia. Additionally, a field visit to Kambi Moto slum in Nairobi has been scheduled in the workshop programme.

Conclusions of the meeting will be channeled to elaborate the slum module of the PILaR methodology and a field guide that GLTN and PSUP look to produce.

Representatives from Kenya, Ghana, Antigua, Fiji, Trinidad, Uganda, Namibia, Rwanda, Philippines and Egypt are expected to attend the meeting that will take place at the UN Complex in Nairobi.

To learn more on what Participatory Slum Upgrading means, watch this video. More on PILaR here.

Photo caption: An image of Kambi Moto Slum in Huruma, Nairobi.