What we do

!NEW FACT SHEET!  Land delivery programme 

As an NGO that specializes on urban development, DWN draws on significant institutional capacity and knowledge acquired over 40 years of experience and strengthened by its integration into regional and international networks. In Namibia, DWN’s main objective is therefore to contribute to debate, knowledge and practice of sustainable urban development, urban poverty reduction, planning, tenure and housing. The main areas of current interventions are:

1. Programme for the delivery of low cost urban land for housing

In 2017, DW Namibia, in partnership with the Namibian Chamber of Environment, initiated a programme to deliver affordable land to the urban poor. Four projects are now (Nov.18) underway in Oshakati, Okahao, Karibib and Tsandi, while interventions are discussed with several other local authorities. The model is to partner with a municipality which provides land. DW Namibia then plans, surveys and installs minimal services (e.g. water points and on-site sanitation). Titled, minimally serviced plots are then sold for on a cost-recover basis for around USD 800-1400 to low-income Namibians. This allows the original funding to then be deployed again, making the system financially sustainable. The programme is fully supported by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD)

Download the programme fact sheet here.

2. Provision of appropriate low cost sanitation

DW Namibia is currently implementing research and is testing different approaches for appropriate low cost sanitation solutions. Financial and technical support is provided by the Namibian Chamber of Environment and the Global Environment Fund’s Small Grant Programme. Namibian and international approaches are assessed on their viability for the Namibian context. The most promising approaches are further developed, constructed and modelled in the context of the above mentioned land programme. The main outcome of this project is to provide a catalogue of tested low cost sanitation solutions, with building designs, building instructions, lists of constructions materials and costs. The project will further be used to leverage additional funding for a national urban sanitation programme.

Download the latest report here