Capacity building


Capacity building is an essential component of project implementation at the DRFN. We strive towards increasing the capacity of our staff as well as our project partners.

The projects under the Land theme have a strong focus on increasing the capacity of resettled farmers, to enable them to improve their livelihoods, through e.g. improved agricultural practices, craft production and marketing.

Many projects under the Water theme are aimed at capacity building of local communities and institutions, ranging from local Forums for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) to the establishment of Basin Management Committees and providing support to Local Authorities to enhance their ability to apply Water Demand Management and to achieve cost recovery, and rural communities to enhance their water and sanitation management.

omaruru.jpg Group picture taken after DRFN delivered a short-course in the basic principles of Basin Management and Integrated Water Resources Management to the Omaruru Basin Management Committee.

DRFN is a regional centre providing support and training to all National Focal Points to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in southern Africa, to enable them to apply a web based tool for national reporting to the convention. The project is funded by UNEP and coordinated by UNCCD. In June we provided a one week training course for representatives from 13 countries in southern Africa. The course was given in Windhoek, Namibia.

UNEP.jpg Participants of the UNEP/UNCCD training given by the DRFN

The DRFN is in the process of strengthening its training unit. Currently we mainly provide training through placement of interns from Namibian and international tertiary institutions, and through organised courses and/or excursions. The Stockholm University Geography Excursion (SUGE) is a good example of such a course. DRFN has planned and led this excursion for 10 consecutive years, giving a group of Swedish geography students the opportunity to get first hand experiences of the Namibian environment, and its people. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with opportunities to interact with representatives from the Namibian society, and to learn from them. Our partner at Stockholm University is the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, and the Department of Human Geography, who jointly give the course.

training.jpg A group of SUGE students in the Namib desert.

DRFN has a long history of contributing to capacity building of young Namibian professionals. The most well known initiative is the Summer Desertification Programme, a summer course given to Namibian tertiary students for 13 years. The programme was funded by Sida and was aimed at providing Namibian tertiary students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical skills in an applied research project.

The DRFN is currently implementing a course given to tertiary students from UNAM and Polytechnic of Namibia, which builds on the lessons learnt from the SDP project. For more information about the SLCP, please click here.

For more information about the SDP andSLC programmes, please contact Dr Mary Seely.

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