Germany invests in Namibia despite reparation tensions

By Magreth Nunuhe

Windhoek – The German government has committed around N$2 billion (130.5 million Euro) to the government of Namibia for bilateral technical and financial cooperation for projects and programmes started in 2016 to 2017. 

The National Planning Commission (NPC) together with the German Embassy in Namibia made this announcement on September 22, and disclosed that 100 million Euros would be devoted to financial cooperation projects and programmes, while 30.5 million Euros would be dedicated to technical cooperation projects.

The German government had also committed 3 million Euros for technical cooperation in 2016 and a further 28.5 million made from financial commitments in 2009, 2012 and 2013 that will now be reprogrammed to support other projects.

“Cooperation between the two governments focuses on three focal areas, which are management of natural resources, sustainable economic development and transport/logistics. This did not however disregard areas that are mutually agreed, which fall outside our cooperation,” the NPC said in a statement.

The supported programmes or projects under sustainable development include promotion of vocational education and training, promotion of business advisory and transformational services and support to management of state-owned enterprises (SMEs).

Under transport and logistics, the German government will support the National Development Plan 5 (NDP5) in road maintenance and rehabilitation.

In the area of sustainable use and management of natural resources, the European country will support Namibia in community conservation, park management, communal land development, wildlife protection management, bush control and biomass utilisation.

Outside the cooperation areas, Germany will also support Namibia in securing water supply system for Windhoek and other initiatives such as in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and funding of studies and experts.

The German government, which is by far Namibia’s largest donor in development aid, has also spent close to N$350 million on communities that suffered under German colonial rule since the Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) commenced in 2008.

The two countries’ relationship dates back to the 1800s when the German Empire colonised and occupied Namibia in the 19th century.

This is according to the latest statistics availed on the ‘Namibian-German Special Initiative for community-driven development in specific regions’ website..

The lion’s share of NGSIP funding with an allocation of N$117 million went to the Kunene Region in the north-western part of Namibia, that was used for building new school hostels, renovating and building new schools, digging new boreholes, internet cafés, rehabilitating festival centres, building a campsite and a quarantine camp and buying livestock, among others.

Omaheke Region in the eastern part of the country, received the second largest funding– close to N$79 million, which was used to rehabilitate and dig new boreholes, build classrooms and youth centres, construct dry latrines, build a water pipeline, install garden projects and also received livestock. 

The third largest beneficiary was Otjozondjupa Region in the northern part of Namibia, which got about N$59 million and utilised on water rehabilitation, digging new boreholes and rehabilitating boreholes; buying livestock, building an earth dam, constructing new schools and hostels and installing a water pipeline.

The Erongo Region in the western part of Namibia was awarded about N$43 million mainly to drill new boreholes and rehabilitation, buying livestock and constructing an SME site.

The Hardap and //Karas Regions received N$16 million and N$34 million, respectively, which was used for rehabilitating boreholes, buying livestock, digging new boreholes, building sport facilities, a craft centre, classrooms and a heritage site.

The German-Namibia Special Initiative came to an end in August this year.

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