The DRFN being a non-profit organization depends on funding from external sources to implement some of its activities.
If you wish to make a donation towards the work that the organization implements, please make use of these banking details.
For more information on this please contact:

Account number: 555 011 525 61
Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
Swift code: FIRNNANX


“Namibia is a country that is primarily arid to semi-arid, as is about 30% of the globe. How can sustainable development take place in such environments? The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia was established to support research but also to address sustainable development throughout arid lands. The DRFN tackles issues ranging from water to energy to land from a human and a basic biophysical perspective, as well as undertaking awareness and capacity building necessary to support this approach”

- Dr.M.K. Seely, Founding Director

With this new call for the subsequent research phase (2019 - 2022), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research continues to fund research in southern Africa, building on results achieved during the first phase and referring to stakeholder and decision maker’s needs. The overarching goal of this call is to provide scientific inputs into SASSCAL’s strategic research framework that builds on the achievements of the first phase of SASSCAL and is in alignment with the institution’s mandate. The SASSCAL research framework addresses regional research needs and imperatives within the contex...

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The DRFN is part of the Regional Sustainability Network (RSN), which is an HSF-Kenya initiative that was launched in September of 2018 and this project will run from 2018-2020. RSN is comprised of various institutions from the civil society sphere currently representing eight countries from sub-Saharan Africa. This network aims to contribute towards achieving of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement through:

  • Enabling a strategic, innovative and efficient information exchange between actors in Africa in the thematic area of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
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This is often the question those in the water sector have to answer with regards to the current management of water especially in the rural areas where so much responsibility is placed on Water Point Committees (WPC), who most of the time do not have the resources (human, financial and technical) to successfully manage these water points. Last year the ASSAR project published a briefing note on lessons from decentralised water governance in Namibia and this highlights important lessons why the current practice does not work and why new approaches to governance are needed to support effective p...

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On the 13th of February the DRFN convened various key stakeholders in Gobabis for the quarterly steering committee meeting for the Livelihoods Supports Programme, which is currently in its fourth phase of implementation (LISUP-4).

That being said; when one enters Gobabis you are normally greeted by the lovely splendor of water that is found at the Tilda Viljoen dam; one of the largest dams in Omaheke that supplies water to the town of Gobabis. It was indeed a total shock to see that this body of water has been reduced to nothing but a puddle of mud, and this is attributed to the lack of rainfa...

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DRFN is an implementing partner of the ThinkNamibia Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Campaign
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This website was created with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.