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Housing for All is a programme that provides affordable residential land to urban low income residents in Namibia. It is designed as a support programme for local authorities and to provide an alternative to continued unplanned informal settlement growth.

By the end of 2023, the programme was developing 31 new residential neighbourhoods with 6,220 plots in 15 towns (now 18 towns, as of June 2024).


The community welfare programme (formerly the sanitation programme) works to empower communities towards a more dignified life in the informal settlements of Namibia, in a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

The programme has built 55 sanitation centres and 5,901 latrines. In 2023 alone the team conducted 6,715 household visits.


During the early years of a child's life, their future begins to take shape. From conception to age 5, the brains of children undergo rapid development making them extremely responsive to stimulation.

Over the past year, Development Workshop Namibia (DWN)'s, Play For All program, has focused on raising awareness among parents and caregivers about the significance of early childhood development (ECD). Our efforts aim to empower families by providing the best possible support to children, creating safe, loving and nurturing environments within their homes and communities.


January-June 2023


Almost 50% of Namibia's urban residents live in informal settlements, and the number is growing every year.

Four MoUs were signed between January and June 2023: Rundu, Gibeon, Eehnana and Rehoboth, and a fifth one is being prepared with Ondangwa. The programme now includes 15 partner towns.


The safe management of sewage and solid waste is a significant challenge in Namibia's informal settlements. The first half of 2023 has seen significant developments within our programme, with local authorities adopting the methodology, and new blocks becoming open defecation free (ODF).


A child's brain develops more rapidly from the ages of 0-5 than at any other time, and their parents or primary caregivers are their first and most important teachers. In 2023 our Play for All ECD programme has trained 240 teachers, supported 282 centres, and distributed 4,433 storybooks.


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