What we do

Our currently biggest programme is in Namibia, where DW started in late 2016. Our four main programmes there are:

DW Sanitation

To establish a national programme for the provision of planned and serviced low-cost residential land at a scale that firstly reduces and then eventually prevents the informal growth of urban settlements in Namibia.

DW Housing

The aim is for all urban residents in Namibia to have access to improved sanitation. We work with a large network of volunteers in now 10 towns across the country, supporting residents in informal settlements to build safe toilets.

DW Children

To establish a national programme that supports ECD centres in disadvantaged communities in urban and rural areas.

DW Children

To channel more investments into urban infrastructure that directly benefits the disadvantaged urban communities.

Following the recent registration of DW-Zambia and DW-Zimbabwe, we are now initiating the same programme activities (with local adaptations) in those two countries.

Land & Housing

AIM

To establish a national programme for the provision of planned and serviced low-cost residential land at a scale that firstly reduces and then eventually prevents the informal growth of urban settlements in Namibia.

KEY INTERVENTION AREAS

  1. Planning & servicing of residential land: We plan, survey and service low-cost residential land with ownership legally recognised by title deeds, through partnership agreements with local authorities across Namibia. Residential plots sold through this programme cost between NAD 10,000 and NAD 35,000 (approx. EUR 600 to EUR 2,100) and are settled by clients within a period of 12 to 24 months.
  2. Home loans: We implement a loan scheme in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) for clients who purchase land through our programme. Loans are limited to NAD 50,000 (approx.. EUR 3,000 and repayment periods vary between 1 and 5 years.
  3. Home building support: We provide building plans and implement building workshops for our clients, with the aim to assist them with the construction of their homes. Both plans and workshops help clients to save costs and provide the option to build a house incrementally over time.

COVERAGE

The programme currently has partnership agreements with nine towns and has 16 residential areas under development with more than 4,000 plots. Activities in several other towns will initiate during 2022.

Urban sanitation

AIM

The aim is for all urban residents in Namibia to have access to improved sanitation. We work with a large network of volunteers in now 10 towns across the country, supporting residents in informal settlements to build safe toilets.

KEY INTERVENTION AREAS

  1. Awareness raising campaigns: Through a large network of volunteers, we implement awareness raising campaigns in informal settlements, with a focus on hygiene and toilet construction.
  2. Toilet construction: We construct low-cost demonstration toilets that are built according to WHO health standards, and incentivize residents in informal settlements to build their own toilets.
  3. Open Defecation Free (ODF): We work with informal settlement communities to make their areas ODF, and to create a healthier and safer environment especially for children and women.

COVERAGE

We work with a large network of volunteers in now 10 towns across the country, supporting residents in informal settlements to build safe toilets.

SUCCESS STORIES
In the height of the Covid pandemic, our network of volunteers installed more than 68,000 hand washing facilities (‘tippy taps’) in the informal settlement of 22 towns across Namibia.

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

AIM

To establish a national programme that supports ECD centres in disadvantaged communities in urban and rural areas.

KEY INTERVENTION AREAS

  1. Teaching & learning materials: We develop, publish, distribute and sell innovative teaching and learning materials that are aligned with the government’s national ECD and pre-primary curriculum.
  2. Teacher training: We implement a standard ECD training, with detailed training materials.
  3. Parent support: Parents are engaged through meetings at the ECD centres and receive detailed orientation and materials on how to support their children at home.
  4. Nutrition & feeding: An efficient and effective cash-based feeding methodology has been tested during 2021, and can be scaled to a national level. Through the scheme, ECD centres receive certain amounts of cash every month, based on the number of children at their centre. ECD teachers receive training in nutrition and bookkeeping, and then purchase and prepare food for the children. This is much more efficient than distributing food, which would imply considerable costs for logistics and control.
  5. ECD centre physical improvements: We implement a grant programme through which ECD centres can apply for funds to improve their infrastructure, for example building toilets.

COVERAGE

The programme already supports 229 ECD centres in 5 regions, benefitting some 8,000 children since inception late 2019. Through methodological and sustainable expansion it aims to reach all 14 regions by 2023.

Urban infrastructure

AIM

To channel more investments into urban infrastructure that directly benefits the disadvantaged urban communities.

KEY INTERVENTION AREAS

  1. Infrastructure assessments: Infrastructure assessments are done in numerous towns to help identify key needs that will support housing, social and economic needs of urban disadvantaged communities
  2. Infrastructure financing: With development bank financing (currently from the German Development Bank – KfW) the programme provides grant funding for major infrastructure investments, namely electricity, sewer and water. We are also exploring “blended” financing options, whereby grant funds could be combined with loan funding.
  3. Infrastructure maintenance: DWN provides guidelines and training to local authorities on how to maintain critical infrastructure components, focusing on sanitation.

COVERAGE

The programme currently supports 4 towns in Namibia.