About Us

Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) is a registered Namibian NGO with a focus on sustainable urban development, informal settlements and the disadvantaged communities that reside in them. DWN is part of a world-wide network of Development Workshop (DW) organisations with centres in Canada, Angola and France, and offices in Vietnam and Burkino Faso. It is funded by non-governmental organisations, private citizens, and national and international development organisations.

DW was founded in 1975 by three architectural students in the UK with the objective to improve the livelihoods of poor and disadvantaged communities, with a specific focus on human settlements. Over the last 45 years, DW has implemented many award winning and successful programs in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

DW Namibia was established in 2016. Registered at the Master of the High Court as a not-for-profit charity trust, DWN is a financially and operationally independent institution. It is led by a board of trustees that currently includes: Chris Brown (chairperson), Lavinia Shikongo, Allan Cain, Ted Rudd, Cherly Emvula, John Mendelsohn, Emely Tjombumbi, and Herman Strydom. DWN’s accounts are audited annually and can be provided upon request.

Meet the Team:

Beat Weber – Executive Director

Programme: Land & Housing

Location: Windhoek

Erastus Kashupuulwa – Assistant Programme Manager

Programme: Land & Housing

Location: Windhoek

Ester Veiko – Assistant Programme Manager

Programme: Land & Housing

Location: Windhoek

Stephanie French – Programme Manager

Programme: Sanitation

Location: Windhoek 

Hilma Weber – Programme Manager

Programme: ECD

Location: Windhoek

Annika Slabbert – Assistant Programme Manager

Programme: ECD

Location: Windhoek

Vanessa Ucka – ECD Expert

Programme: ECD

Location: Windhoek

Adam Ndahalele -Project Officer

Programme: ECD

Location: Windhoek

Hanni Katjimune – GIS Officer

Programme: GIS

Location: Windhoek

 

Ngonyothi Kafula – Project Coordinator

Programme: Sanitation

Location: Windhoek

Samantha Kuvare – Project Coordinator

Programme: ECD

Location: Windhoek 

Julia Thomas – Finance Officer

Programme: Finance

Location: Windhoek

Sheya Gotlieb – Programme Coordinator

Programme: Sanitation

Location: Windhoek

Rimothy Mbeha – Area Coordinator

Programme: Land & Housing, Sanitation, ECD

Location: Zambezi Region

Ajida Samasiku – Project Officer

Programme: Land & Housing, Sanitation, ECD

Location: Zambezi Region

Rebeka Jason

Rebeka Jason – Project Coordinator 

Programme: Sanitation

Location: Oshakati

Ambrose Wohler -Area Coordinator

Location: Erongo Region 

Gotlieb Namupala – Area Coordinator

Location:Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati Regions

Sam Mengela – Project Coordinator

Programme: Sanitation, Land & Housing

Town: Oniipa

Peter Shikalepo – Area Coordinator

Location: Karas Region

Sakaria Namhindo – Area Coordinator

Location: Otjozondiupa Region

Otja Semba – Area Coordinator

Location: Kunene Region