The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) last week launched a new project code named “Action for becoming a credible Civil Society Organisation (CSO) in Namibian Communities” which stands to benefit Civic Society groups and NGOs in five picked regions of Namibia.
KAS announced that the project is funded to the tune of 749 281 Euros which is equivalent to N$13 million and will be implemented in partnership with the Namibia Institute of Democracy (NID) and Institute of Management and Leadership Training (IMLT).
The project which is at a pilot stage is set to be implemented in five picked regions comprising Otjikoto, Erongo, Omaheke, Hardap and Otjozontjupa through targeted ten Civic Organisations operating in these areas bringing 50 civic organisations under its funding blanket.
Speaker of Parliament Peter Katjavivi heralded the initiative as coming in time to save NGOs that were teetering on the precipices of bankruptcy urging them for accountability to ensure perpetual mutual trust with donors.
“Civil organisation have been struggling to get funding and this project has come at the right time. NGOs should be seen as having the capacity to reach such areas that government may not be reaching but being funded comes with the responsibility of accountability, resultantly they should answer to every penny they spend,” he said
The project is premised on the agenda to reinforce Civic Society Organisations as influential actors, enabling them to develop capacities and skills that lead to an improved dialogue with elected representatives who will gain knowledge to fulfil their roles in a democratic system more effectively, the Project manager Dennis Zaire told The Villager.
“This is a separate thematic global support by the European Union in running around 146 countries which have directly European Union delegations, we will do whatever we can to empower the non-governmental and executive part of the global village to partner in policy making and decision making,” said European Union Ambassador to Namibia Jana Hybaskova.
The newly launched project is estimated to increase capacity and efficiency of local civic organisations in advocating for better sustainable local economic development in their respective regions while engaging in activities involving setting up advisory groups, exchange platforms and developing the curriculum.
“The money injected in the project will not be given directly to the civil society organisations but it will be spent on the infrastructure, travelling expenses, accommodation, workshops, paying facilitators, and so on. It is very important to mention this because we do not want to create that expectation that this money will be given to civic society organisations but in turn, they are going to benefit from the knowledge, we are going to teach them how to fish,” said Zaire.
Zaire confirmed to The Villager that money laundering and funding of non-related schemes by the beneficiaries would result in expulsion of members to ensure efficiency, accountability and transparency.