Promoting rural access and mobility in Northern Namibia: an integrated approach

13. Sep. 2017 Paul Starkey, Ernst-Benedikt Riehle

The Namibian Government, with support from Germany through its agency GIZ, is developing an integrated transport master plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto Regions in Northern Namibia. Planning studies considered all urban, inter-urban and rural transport modes. Please refer to documents to read more about rural access issues and reviews options for improving rural mobility. It draws on international experiences and discussions with rural residents, transport operators, private-sector suppliers and national, regional and local authorities.

Training and Curriculum development on Advanced Traffic Policing – Namibia

18. Jul. 2017 Eli-zette Nangolo

From 12th to 23rd of June, a Training on Advanced Traffic Policing was held in Windhoek, Namibia, conducted by two officers from the Saarland State Police, Germany. Twenty-four (24) participants from the City Police Windhoek, Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL) and other municipal policies, took part in the two-week training and curriculum development exercise.

Improving the living conditions of Namibia’s rural settlers

Namibia's Population Density (left) and Roadless Areas (right)
19. Jun. 2017 Niklas Arnet

Seeking for employment and an improved quality of life, more and more people in Namibia are moving from rural to urban areas. Even though the capital Windhoek attracts the largest influx of rural migrants, the most densely populated areas are situated in the North of the country, where 40% of Namibia's population live on only 10.4% of the total land area (see left figure).

Sustainable Transport Master Plan for the Northern Regions has been presented to the media

15. Jun. 2017 Eli-zette Nangolo

The Master Plan for Sustainable Transport for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto which has been developed by the Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development (MURD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been presented to the media. The presentation of the master plan for the northern regions took place on the 5th of June in Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region where regional and local authority leaders as well as representatives from transport sector SOEs attended.

Rural Transport in Namibia

14. Dec. 2016 Trudie Muleke

“Rural Transport is a vital 'enabling' component of a developing country economy that will contribute substantially to the achievement of the high profile social and economic Millennium Development Goals.” (gTKP 2013).

Transport in general, is important, when it comes to economic growth and service delivery. Access to rural areas depends on appropriate transport infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rails and paths and transport services. People from rural areas require access to health facilities, schools and other services, which tend to be of greater distance in remote areas. They also need access to economic opportunities, including markets, employment and opportunities that generate income to help families. Mobility may involve walking and carrying, which are suitable for short distances and where other means of transport are inappropriate or unavailable.