Finnish Embassy avails over N$9 million to Nam organisations

29 Jul 2015 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) - The Embassy of Finland through its Fund for Local Cooperation on Tuesday availed over N.dollars 9 million to five Namibian projects.
The five organisations who received the funds are the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia (N.dollars 2,2 million); the Namibia National Association of the Deaf (N.dollars 1,9 million); Young Africa (approximately N.dollars 1,7 million); Future Farming Trust (N.dollars 2,1 million); and the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (N.dollars 1,3 million).
The fund is a development instrument administered by Finnish Embassies in Finland's partnership countries. It supports economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.
Speaking at the signing of the agreements, Finnish Ambassador Anne Saloranta said the fund is focusing on the strengthening of a democratic and accountable society; promotion of an inclusive green economy; as well as the promotion of cultural rights by preserving local cultural heritage and history.
Saloranta said Namibia is consistently ranked among the most democratic societies in Africa and is acknowledged and applauded for its achievements since Independence in 1990.
She said over the past 25 years, Namibia has undergone various stages of democratic transition and consolidation, adding that its key institutions have generally functioned well and maintained the rule of law.
“We in Finland commend Namibia for these achievements and we are proud of this cooperation,” said the Finnish diplomat.
She then encouraged Namibian development partners and members of the civil society at large to join the embassy in reflecting on the results of the development efforts critically and be accountable for the resources that are made available to facilitate these initiatives.