Marginalised groups tormented by poverty: Report

09 Oct 2015 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - Despite various initiatives to reverse and undo the acute circumstances in which the San, OvaTue, OvaTjimba and OvaZemba find themselves, these marginalised groups remain tormented by poverty.
The initiatives which include education scholarships; literacy pilot projects; early childhood development centres; resettlement programmes; aquaculture projects; projects for women; and feeding programmes, among others, are not fully implemented.
These remarks are contained in a report draft on ‘Mainstreaming Marginalised Communities in Namibia’ launched at a workshop on the ‘Strategy to Sustainably Mainstream Marginalised Communities’ in the capital on 08 October.
The draft was compiled by the Office of the President and Ministry in charge of National Planning, and the National Planning Commission (NPC) in September 2015.
The document delivered by Tom Alweendo, Minister in the Presidency and NPC Director-General, at the workshop revealed that intervention programmes meant to uplift the marginalised communities adopted back in 2005, thought the San Development Programme (SDP) is not implemented in a way that culminate into sustainable activities by these communities.
“Instead, they may even have resulted in further alienation and disenfranchisement of these communities.”
Among the reasons that resulted in the lack of progress in the integration and mainstreaming of the marginalised communities is their nomadic lifestyle, according to the draft report.
“You might have a facility, but because people move around back and forth the facilities are not fully utilised”, the report read.
An analysis of 2011 census data reveals critical challenges related to the situation of the San in Namibia.
The data shows that 55.4 per cent of the San population has not attended formal education at all and are thus unable to read and write.
To address the various problems outlined, the strategies have specific roles to play in the implementation of resource mobilisation, monitoring and evaluating framework and response, and advocating and dissemination communication.
The strategies recognise the unique challenges that face the members of the marginalised communities, and the Ministry in the Presidency for Marginalised Communities has the overall responsibility to ensure implementation and coordination of activities to achieve the objectives of these strategies.