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.
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 programme 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. In April 2011, phase 2 was launched with funding to the amount of approximately N$ 146 million for the purpose of 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 EUR 5 million for the Programme in 2016-2017, bringing the total budget of the Programme to EUR 36 million.
The implementation phase of the Programme has been completed at the end of July 2017.