What we do

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

This project aims to assist local authorities to plan, survey and service low cost land for housing. The project is currently active in four towns: Okahao (700 plots), Oshakati (200), Karibib (600), Opuwo (2500). The projects are implemented through partnership agreements with local authorities. The local authority provides the land, and DW Namibia develops the land with its partners from the private sector (town planner, land surveyor, engineer, conveyancer). The land is then sold at development costs (USD 800-1200) to low income residents in the specific town. The financial management of each project is through joint bank accounts between DW Namibia and the local authority. This ensures full financial transparency and joint responsibility. The programme is fully supported by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD). The programme is currently expanding to other towns in Namibia, such as Kamanjab and Keetmanshoop.

Download the programme fact sheet here.

2. Provision of appropriate low cost sanitation

Since mid-2019, DW Namibia is implementing a sanitation project in Windhoek’s informal settlements. The project aims to reduce open defecation and Hepatitis E, and is funded by UNDP, UNICEF, the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE), the Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation (DNF) and the First Rand Foundation (FNB/RMB). It is a collaborative initiative, led by the City of Windhoek (CoW), supported by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and the Office of the Vice-President, and with DWN as the project design and implementation partner. More than 100 trained volunteers and members of the constituency councils are now operating with DW Namibia staff in the informal settlements.

DW Namibia’s role in this project is a direct result of DW Namibia’s research and piloting of low cost sanitation solutions in Namibia during 2018, implemented with support from the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE), GIZ and the GEF Small Grants Programme.

The Windhoek project uses the ´Community Led Total Sanitation´, or CLTS approach. This is a community based and participatory approach, sensitizing informal settlement residents of the dangers of open defecation and encouraging the construction of latrines according to guidelines as provided by the City of Windhoek.

Download the research report here

3. Early child hood development (ECD) through Kindergarten libraries

It is through DW Namibia’s work and time spend in the informal settlements that the kindergarten library project developed, responding to the need to address the lack of libraries and access to reading material. It is an initiative to stimulate reading with children at an early age by:

  1. Organising workshops for kindergarten teachers about Early Childhood Development (ECD)and the importance of reading to children with experts in the field
  2. Organising sensitisation events with parents
  3. Organise reading to children events facilitated by the DW Namibia team and volunteers
  4. Establish a kindergarten library network

This programme is currently in the piloting phase. For downloading an information leaflet, please click here.