Finland funds development projects

12 May 2017 06:50am
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) - The Finnish Embassy on Thursday announced the funding of three local projects with N.dollars 4.3 million for them to promote a green economy and strengthen Namibia as a democratic and accountable society.
The Namibia Media Trust (NMT) was granted N.dollars 1.4 million for the ‘Action Now’ Access to Information project that aims to build the capacity of civil society and for it to advocate the importance of access to information.
At the signing ceremony, the Ambassador of Finland to Namibia Anne Saloranta highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Access to Information Bill that is expected to be enacted in September.
“Promoting freedom of information is high up among Finland’s core values,” said Saloranta.
Executive Chairperson of NMT, Gwen Lister said the Bill will push access to information and hopefully create a well-informed society.
An agreement of N.dollars 1.45 million was signed with Omba Arts Trust for their Sustaining Livelihoods for Marginalised Craft Producers project.
It operates in different parts of Namibia, teaching and equipping communities with the skills and knowledge to produce handicrafts, with strong emphasis on gender.
About 95 per cent of the beneficiaries are women and 60 per cent of San origin.
“The project also increases the market for the produced products and Finland is one of our market as well,” said Karin le Roux from the Omba Arts Trust.
The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) Trust was granted N.dollars 1.5 million for the second phase of its San Matter project that will build on the previous phase of addressing matters causing the increased school dropout of San children.
OYO has worked with 20 schools in the Ohangwena and Omaheke regions.