What We Do

Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) is a charity trust specialising in sustainable urban development in Namibia. We provide technical expertise, manpower and financial support to local authorities to assist them to address contemporary urban development challenges.

We currently focus on three main areas of intervention:

The provision of low cost land for housing and innovative housing solutions; appropriate low cost urban sanitation; and Early Childhood Development.

1. Provision of low cost land for housing

DWN implements a national programme assisting local authorities to plan, survey and service new residential neighbourhoods to provide affordable and sustainable residential plots for housing. By 2020, DWN had partnership agreements with 6 towns, and a total of 4,000 plots under development. The programme aims to achieve a turnover of 12,000 plots/year as a means to transform informal settlements into formal urban growth.

Download the programme fact sheet here.

2. Appropriate low cost sanitation

With support from UNICEF, UNDP, European Commission and several corporate sector partners, DWN is implementing a national low cost urban sanitation programme, promoting improved sanitation and practical and affordable onsite solutions. The sanitation and land programmes are implemented in partnership with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE).

Download the research report here

3. Early Childhood Development (ECD)

After successful pilots in early 2020, DWN is upscaling an Early Childhood Development support programme to more than 170 kindergartens located within informal settlements in Windhoek and four other towns. This programme is supported by Interteam, Botnar Foundation and UNICEF.

Download an information leaflet here.