Development Cooperation

Kinder Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / dpa) 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.

Start-Up Festival 2017

Namibia Start-Up Festival

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).

Priority Areas of German Development Cooperation

Germany and Namibia have agreed to focus on three priority areas.

HIV-Bewusstsein Kampagne des Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

Bilateral Development Cooperation

Germany is a reliable development partner which aims to help improve the standard of living of all Namibians.

Borehole drilling in Ohangwena

Activities by Non-governmental Organisations and Political Foundations

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.

FIDES Bank makes trading possible

Micro-Project Fund of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

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.

Regional Cooperation

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).

Development Cooperation


Communalgarden project by the DED

Here you find a selection of projects taking place currently.

Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Transport Master Plan for the Northern Regions and Ruacana Hydro-Power Plant presented

Ruacana Waterfalls

On 30 March 2016 the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Alpheus !Naruseb, together with the German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, as well as other stakeholders kicked off phase 2 of the “Transport Master Plan for the Northern Regions”.

Official opening ceremony of the NFA Girls Centre on the grounds of the Namibian Football Association (NFA)

NFA Girls Centre

After the first cut of spade was performed in October 2014, the NFA Girls Centre in Windhoek was officially inaugurated on 15 March 2016.