The Namibian (Windhoek)

6 February 2013

Namibia: More Goats for Rural Poor

THE Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) has secured N$100 million to continue with the livestock project benefiting the rural poor.

This was revealed by NGSIP programme manager Matthew /Goagoseb while addressing the Vaalgras community at a meeting with Karas Governor Bernadus Swartbooi on Saturday.

The project will provide each household in selected rural communities in the Karas Region with 20 goats and one ram.

Saying there is no development that last forever, /Goagoseb said the NGSIP, which is also funding the restoration of historical monuments and the building of commercial cultural centres, will come to end next year.

"The programme cannot meet all your demands," /Goagoseb said.

At the meeting, the Vaalgras community, who had benefitted in the past from livestock donations, complained that they had only received 10 goats and one ram which they have to give back after three years to assist more people.

Responding to their complaints, Governor Swartbooi said it was agreed that each beneficiary would be provided with 20 goats and a ram.

"We will look into the matter," Swartbooi pledged, adding that he was against the rotation of goats after three years to assist more communities.

"Based on political, economic and social arguments I have recommended that no rotation of goats will happen in the Karas Region," said Swartbooi, advising those who have already benefited from the NGSIP livestock project not to give back their goats.

The NGSIP aims to develop community-driven projects in areas that had suffered under German colonial rule and which the German government considers as a special moral and historical responsibility.

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