Overview of Development Workshop Namibia

Thematic Scope Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) is currently implementing three main programmes: Land for Housing The lack of affordable land for housing is the main cause of Namibia’s housing crisis and the continuous rapid growth of informal settlements;Through this programme, DWN and the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) support local authorities in the planning, surveying and servicing of land with title;Seven extensions with more than 3,000 plots are currently under development and more than 200 beneficiaries have already received their...

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2020 REVIEW & OUTLOOK FOR 2021: The Provision of Low-cost Land for Housing

A partially constructed house made from grey bricks.

Concept The Programme for the Provision of Low-cost Land for Housing was initiated in 2019 by Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) and the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE), and is fully supported by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD). It is currently assisting 6 local authorities (see details below) in the provision of affordable land for housing, and during 2021 is expected to expand to 15-20 towns across the country. Approach The objective of the programme is to provide assistance...

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2020 REVIEW & OUTLOOK FOR 2021: Appropriate Low-cost Urban Sanitation

A yellow building next to a fenced area with a piles of refuse within it.

Urban Sanitation More than 50% of informal settlement residents in Namibia do not have access to toilets and defecate in river beds and other green spaces. More than 45 tonnes of faeces are so deposited openly every single day in Windhoek alone. This situation constitutes a health and environmental crisis of enormous scale. It deprives affected residents of human dignity, exposes women to sexual harassment and assault and puts children at high risk of illness. The lack of sanitation makes...

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Update for July 2020

Low-cost land for housing In Karibib, Nexus construction company has been granted the contract to service phase one of a total of 306 erven in the new neighbourhood being developed by the land programme. A DWN and Karibib Town Council (KTC) joint team also worked in the adjacent informal settlement, initiating its formalisation. Urban Dynamics produced a formalisation layout for this informal settlement, which was then pegged by Strydom & Associates land surveyors. The DWN & KTC joint team then...

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Progress update for June 2020

Low-cost land for housing While COVID-19 and low cost sanitation are immediate and urgent concerns, the existence (and rapid growth) of informal settlements underpins social and economic inequality, and is an underlying cause of the current health crisis. Consequently, the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) and DWN continue to prioritise our sustainable urban development programme to assist local authorities in the  provision of affordable land for housing in planned and minimally serviced neighbourhoods, as an alternative to unplanned informal settlements....

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Update 14th of May 2020

Covid-19 Emergency Response; Land, Sanitation and Kindergarten Programmes Covid-19 Emergency Response DWN is rolling out low cost handsfree sanitation stations known as tippy taps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To date 60 green-shirted volunteers have now installed more than 10,000 tippy taps in different towns, reaching more than 25,000 families or 75,000 residents. Lüderitz: With support the Debmarine- Namdeb Foundation and in collaboration with the Town Council, the programme started on 2 May and a total of 1,500 tippy...

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Development Workshop Namibia

Development Workshop Namibia   Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) is a recently 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 Canadian architect...

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