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German Development Cooperation with Namibia

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A world in which everyone can live a self-determined life in freedom, a world without poverty, violent conflicts and environmental degradation – international development policy has set itself the goal of coming closer to this ideal.

Bilateral development cooperation is an integral part of the special relationship between Namibia and Germany: Since 1990, more than one billion euros of public funds have been made available for this purpose. Namibia thus has the highest per capita input by the German government in Africa.

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Germany supports the development of sustainable urban transport in Windhoek.© GIZ Namibia

Priority Areas of German Development Cooperation

Namibia and Germany have agreed on three focal areas of the partnership:

  • Natural Resources Management
  • Transport/Logistics
  • Sustainable Economic Development

In addition to this, a main focus of cooperation, which is also crosscutting issue in all focal areas, is technical and vocational training as well as higher education. As HIV/AIDS continues to jeopardize the social and economic development of the country at all levels, German development cooperation has supported HIV/AIDS prevention efforts of its partners in the priority Areas.

Bilateral Development Cooperation

Official development cooperation is based on agreements between the two governments. These agreements are concluded at government negotiations that take place roughly every two years. The last negotiations were held in Katima Mulilo on the 14th and 15th of September 2017. The committed German funding amounts to more than 2 billion Namibian Dollars.

Regional Cooperation

German Development Cooperation has been supporting SADC (Southern African Development Community) for many years with the purpose of realizing the benefits of regional integration for the people in the SADC region, a community of 15 states in southern Africa. Focal areas of SADC-German cooperation:

  •     Regional Economic Integration
  •     Transboundary Water Management
  •     Transboundary Use and Protection of Natural Resources and Resilience to Climate Change
  •      Peace, Security and Good Governance SADC Organizational Capacity Building



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Das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) wird von Bundesminister Dr. Gerd Müller geleitet.

Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development

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