Germany consolidates through funding

11 Mar 2015 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – The German Government has committed 31 million Euros (approximately N.dollars 342 million) to the German-Namibia Special Initiative program (NGSIP) within the perspective of social consolidation.
The initiative, that started in 2006 and ends this year October, supports development activities at local and community levels in areas of Namibia where Germany acknowledges special historical and moral responsibility.
The programme aims to specifically improve the lives of communities that suffered during Germany’s colonial occupation of Namibia.
In an exclusive interview with Nampa last week, National Planning Commission Director General Tom Alweendo said only N.dollars 3,3 million Euros (approximately N.dollars 36,3 million) is left in the programme’s coffer, which needs to be spent before the program's closure.
Alweendo noted that many communities benefited from the programme, but said an assessment will be done to determine the exact progress made after the programme is completed.
“After the programme’s assessment, we will then determine whether the project managed to improve the social and economic living conditions of the affected communities,” he said.
He said that the programme funded projects 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.