The Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) is a multi-sectoral rural development initiative, implemented by the National Planning Commission of the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the German Development Bank KfW. The NGSIP is funded by the German Government. The NGSIP:
aims to develop community-driven projects in areas that suffered during the German colonial period,
is implemented in selected rural communities in 24 Constituencies in the Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions,
supports small-scale public infrastructure, community infrastructure, agriculture, and water supply projects that aim to improve living conditions, and may pursue economic, social and cultural goals.
Phase 1, or the ‘fast track’ phase, which ran from June 2008 to July 2009, saw the implementation of 54 small projects at a total cost of some N$ 14 million (including VAT) of which N$ 12.6 million derived from German grant funds.
Phase 2 Implementation
After administrative delays in signing a second Financing Agreement to make the German Government’s grant funding fully available, and in auditing the Phase 1 projects, funding for Phase 2 was made available in April 2011. After tendering, Design and Supervision consultants were contracted and started work at the beginning of 2012.
Project implementation commenced in September 2012 with the start of 23 agricultural projects. Infrastructure construction projects started in early 2013 and are continuing. The Programme’s capacity building efforts have been on-going from the start and are focused on Project Management Committees and other stakeholders. Particular attention has been given to 25 community owned projects, not owned by a line ministry and for whom funds will have to be self-generated to ensure sustainable operations.