The Country Strategy Paper for Namibia (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation of the European Commission (EC) with Namibia under the 10th EDF. The response strategy chosen by the EC is to to unlock the economic development potential and reduce poverty in a sustainable and long-term manner in the rural areas. Besides providing basic infrastructure such as water supply and sanitation, a Communal Land Development Programme is being developed which aims to integrate farmers and livestock producers in the communal areas of Namibia in the economy by securing their land rights, strengthening regional planning, supporting their infrastructural investments and by providing mentorship to run their farms with a commercial mindset. Furthermore support is being provided for the development of a National Rural Development Strategy.
The second priority lies with education and human resources development with the objective to improve the quality and efficiency of the education system while ensuring equality of educational opportunities. Focus is on pre-primary and primary levels with emphasis on reducing access and quality school inequities and inefficiencies. Technical assistance is provided to prompt systemic changes in terms of planning, budgeting and monitoring functions within the Ministry of Education. The budget support component is complemented with a pilot intervention in school governance and social accountability.
Governance features as a non focal sector which includes support to the Namibian Parliament and the National Assembly, Civil Society as well as to the Performance Management System (PMS) spearheaded by the Office of the Prime Minister and support to Public Finance Management through institutional capacity development. In the field of health, WHO is being supported to implement a programme on maternal health focusing on the achievement of MDG 4 and 5.
The multi-annual indicative programme for Namibia under the 10th EDF amounts to €104.9 million. Following the Mid-Term Review of CSP/NIP the indicative allocation of Namibia was increased by 20%. In addition the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) obtained an additional support for capacity development in the sanitation sector under the European Union's MDG initiative (€6 million).
The Country Strategy Paper for Namibia (2002-2007) focussed on support to rural poverty reduction and education under 9th EDF funding.
The Rural Poverty Reduction Programme (€53 million) for Namibia, successfully concluded in 2010, comprised sector budget support for rural water supply, land reform and for the construction of rural access roads. The programme resulted in improved access to markets and service as well as safe water supply for rural communities. In addition it enhanced income generation through developing rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), strengthening community-based tourism initiatives and increasing access to rural finance.
For further details on projects and programmes in Namibia funded from the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Namibia is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia, which is also responsible for co-operation activities in the country.