The Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) was conceptualized and designed by the Government of the Republic of Namibia in 2006. H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba instructed then Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Libertina Amadhila, to consult communities that had suffered during the German colonial period on how best to utilize a sum of Euros 20 million (then approximately N$ 200 million) that the German Government had granted towards improving the social and economic living conditions of those communities.
The result was a uniquely participatory rural development programme with more than 200 small and medium scale projects identified and managed by the selected communities. These communities are amongst the most disadvantaged in the country in terms of access to economic and social welfare resources. They are located in 24 Constituencies of the 7 regions of Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa. Communities are able to select projects in any economic and social development sector according to their own assessment of priorities.
The implementation of the NGSIP is undertaken by the National Planning Commission (NPC) which has formed a program management team for this purpose. The German Development Bank, KfW, finances the programme on behalf of the German Government. In addition, NPC has selected technical advisors that are charged with the preparation and implementation process of the projects.
Phase 1 of the Programme commenced in 2008 and included 40 borehole rehabilitation projects and 10 agricultural projects. For phase 2, launched in April 2011, funding to the amount of approximately N$ 146 million was made available for project investments.
The German Government granted an additional Euro 11 million for the Programme in order to make up for project budget short-falls which arose due to inflation losses and initial under-budgeting. This enabled commitments to implement projects to be honoured as initially approved in the 2007 Feasibility Report. Formal inter-governmental agreements making these funds available were signed in June 2013.
During 2014-2015 some contracts with construction companies have been terminated due to slow progress and underperformance. Retendering of outstanding works for the already committed projects resulted in some new budget short-falls. The German Government therefore granted an additional Euro 3.6 million for the Programme in 2015.
The implementation phase of the Programme is due to be completed at the end of September 2016.