Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme to be extended

11 Dec 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) – The German government has vowed to continue with the Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP), after it comes to an end next year.
This was revealed by the German Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hückmann at a media briefing on the achievement of the programme here on Tuesday.
Hückmann praised the programme as being a worthy initiative.
'I think it is a good programme and will continue. We will continue the programme until 2015, after which an assessment will be done to determine progress made. The Namibian government is in the driving-seat and we are in constant consultations with the NPC in what they need.
Germany would remain a reliable development partner for Namibia in the attainment of the overall achievement of Vision 2030 and the country’s National Development Plan objectives,” he stressed.
The challenge of the programme is however the implementation of some of its projects, as it needs the collaboration between public-private-partnerships, Hückmann said.
The implementation of the NGSIP is undertaken by the National Planning Commission (NPC) with the German Development Bank (KfW) financing the programme on behalf of the German government.
The NGSIP programme, valued at a cost of about N.dollars 800 million, started in 2006 with increased funding over the years.
The programme aims to improve the lives of communities that had suffered during Germany colonial occupation of Namibia. A rural development project, which led to the identification of more than 200 small and medium-scale projects, was created.
These projects are located in 24 constituencies in the Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions.
The programme includes borehole rehabilitation projects, building of cultural centres, and the distribution of goats to previously disadvantaged communities.
“There is constant negotiations between us and the Namibian government about the programme - where their needs are and implementation is done as they deem it fit,” he added.