Detailed Informal Settlement Upgrading training modules

Detailed Informal Settlement Upgrading training modules

Dear colleagues


We’d like to share the following link to a very detailed 13-module informal settlement upgrading training which we at CUBES (Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies at Wits University) were involved in preparing for the National Upgrading Support Pogramme (NUSP) in South Africa. We were part of a wider team of South African specialists, and colleagues at CUBES were also involved in the piloting and refining of the training material. The training modules are available on the NUSP website.


We believe this is a very unique training resource, tailored to the South African context but definitely relevant globally in the efforts to promote in situ upgrading of informal settlements wherever possible. It sets out deliberately to change mindsets and provide capacity by locating upgrading within constitutional, legislative and policy mandates, national imperatives, funding mechanisms, social support mechanisms and the longer term process that starts long before a project in conceived and continues beyond. It should be of use for academic courses as much as for NGOs and social movements. We trust you would assist in disseminating this openly available resource widely.


Many thanks, greetings from Johannesburg



Marie Huchzermeyer,

Professor, School of Architecture and Planning

Director: Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES)

John Moffat Building, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, Tel +27-11-7177688 / +27 83 424 2457