Policies to Spur Rural Development Launched

THE Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (RLGHRD) has launched three initiatives to improve rural people’s living conditions who are faced with immense social, economic and environmental challenges.

The three initiatives are; the national rural development policy, the national rural development strategy and the electronic monitoring and evaluation reporting system.

In a keynote address delivered on his behalf by the deputy minister of RLGHRD, Priscilla Beukes, at the launch in Ongwendiva last week, minister Charles Namoloh said “concerted efforts have been made in the past, to bridge this inequality gap between rural and urban areas, but the phenomenon persists”.

“My ministry has organised this launch for the purpose of enriching the public’s understanding of the national rural development policy and the strategy for its implementation and how the government intends to keep track of the implementation processes of the developmental interventions,” Namoloh said.

The national rural development policy has been formulated by a team of officials from RLGHRD ministry and other ministries through a wide consultative process.

This policy was developed with the financial backing from the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia.

The electronic monitoring and evaluation reporting system is essential for checks and balances for the rural development process.

The system has been developed with the participation of key implementing agencies, which are the regional councils.

Namoloh further urged the people to embrace the culture of coordination and pooling together resources to make significant impact.

The head of rural development from the EU Delegation to Namibia, Jean-Paul Heerschap said the national rural development strategy has all the features to become the cornerstone in this approach.

“The EU Delegation is proud to have been able to provide support to the ministry to develop this very important document which will transform the approach to rural development from an array of individual projects,” said Heerschap.

Despite economic hardships, the EU Delegation has provided the RLGHRD ministry with N$2 billion to support the projects and programmes in the current cooperation framework that ended last year.