MCA-Namibia leaves Nam in two months’ time

WINDHOEK: It is sad to see the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia entity rounding up its activities in the country, but the company has left a legacy which needs to be sustained, MCA-Namibia Director of Agriculture said on Thursday.

The United States of America-based MCA came to Namibia on 10 September 2009, and is expected to close its doors on 5 September this year.

In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Helmke Sartorius von Bach said MCA-Namibia is leaving because Namibia needs to become a real independent country.

“We need to sustain the MCA-Namibia-run projects, if we are to cherish what the organisation has done for the communities in the country.

In a short period of time, we have achieved a lot. The donor money has been allocated, and benefited the communities.

The donor money has made an impact in poverty eradication in the country, and the donor money has stimulated economic growth in Namibia,” Von Bach stated proudly.

He said the organisation is currently busy handing-over projects to the line Ministries and communities.

“We want to make sure that our interventions in the country are sustainable, and we will proudly say money well-spent for the development of Namibia,” he added.

Von Bach was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the MCA-Namibia’s 35-page report book titled “Community-based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) sub-activity: Water Infrastructure provided in CBRLM grazing areas”.

The report presents various aspects of water development undertaken in the northern communal areas (NCAs) of Namibia in order to establish or improve existing water delivery for livestock to enable rangeland management to improve.

The report includes background to the CBRLM sub-activities, the current water situation, procurement, environmental issues, infrastructure provided and various appendices, including technical data related to the infrastructure provided.

MCA-Namibia has spent more than N.dollars 3 billion in education, agriculture, tourism and others over the past five years.

In agriculture alone, MCA-Namibia has spent US$ 53 million (approximately N.dollars 530 million) in the past five years.

In agriculture, the money was spent on drilling new boreholes, upgrading water points’ installations and pipelines, constructing dams and installing new solar and diesel pumps.