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German-Namibian development cooperation is a central component of the special relations between Namibia and Germany. Since Namibia's independence in 1990, Germany has supported the Namibian Government in its policy of national reconciliation and in dealing with the legacy of apartheid. The main goal of German-Namibian cooperation is to dismantle the social and economic disparities which resulted from Namibia's history. German cooperation supports the medium and long-term objectives set by Namibia in her Vision 2013 and the Forth National Development Plan (NDP 4).
To date, German development cooperation with Namibia - governmental and non-governmental programmes taken together - amounts to around € 800 million. In per-capita terms, Namibia is thus the largest recipient of German development cooperation in Africa.
The Financial Literacy Initiative, FabLab, Team Namibia and the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) will host the first Namibia Start-up Festival from 9-10 June 2017 at the Warehouse Theatre, sponsored by Bank Windhoek, the European Investment Bank and the Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Namibia Start-Up Festival
In addition to bilateral governmental cooperation, there is a large number of programmes run by non-governmental players such as churches, political foundations, NGOs or private initiatives.
The micro-project fund is available for projects which aim at improving the living conditions of the poorest and most disadvantaged population groups and the promotion of gender equality.
Micro-Project Fund of the Embassy
The German Government also assists Namibia within the framework of regional development cooperation. Its partner in this field is the Southern African Development Community (SADC).