Active engagement in decentralisation for CSOs

16 Nov 2017 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – The European Union (EU) held a press conference here on Thursday to give an update on the project, ‘Action for becoming a credible Civil Society Organisation in Namibia’ which was launched on 19 August this year.
The project is aimed at empowering civil society organisations (CSOs) and increasing capacity and efficiency in areas of government decentralisation; enhancement of constituent engagement and public participation in local and regional democracy, in accordance with the Namibian Constitution.
The project was initiated and jointly funded by the EU and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation.
An amount of N.dollars 13 million was invested into the project and was implemented in partnership with the Namibia Institute of Democracy (NID) and the Institute of Management and Leadership Training (IMLT).
The project, which has thus far been implemented in Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Hardap and Omaheke, directly benefits 10 CSOs in each of these regions and has developed training modules in fields relating to organisational, operational, and administrative skills for the CSOs to operate better.
Project manager, Dennis Zaire said the initiative has so far yielded good results and has overseen 15 successful training workshops in the five involved regions, adding that more CSOs are now registered.
Delivering the keynote address, Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi highlighted the importance of CSOs, saying the facilitation of these organisations has a meaningful input to the democratic process of the country and helps promote good governance, transparency and accountability.
He also commended the project for the progress made to date.
“It is my sincere hope that we can utilise this groundwork done so far to deepen Parliament’s engagement with CSOs in the country,” Katjavivi said.
The project duration is 36 months and will run until April 2019.