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SDFN/NHAG Strategies to advocate for affordable housing for the poor.

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 A Highlight in 2021 - SDFN/NHAG Strategies to advocate for affordable housing for the poor.   After we presented this slide at one of the High-Level Meeting on The HARAMBEE Plan in May 2021 NHAG and SDFN were delighted to receive this enthusiastic support and praise for the implementation of affordable housing solutions. The Deputy Minister of MURD, Ms. Natalia Goagoses in her closing remarks concerning the number of houses and average costs: “Wow SDFN! Give the mothers the food and they feed the nation. Honorable Minister this is where available money should go!   Housing through the Twahangana Fund   From 2015-2020 the fund channeled              Above N$90 million to SDFN saving groups for 205 housing project s  reaching 2,641 households   (average amounts of N$34,000 per house )    MEMBER CONTRIBUTION SDFN:  from repayments of SDFN members to the revolving Twahangana Fund .   GOVERNMENT of NAMIBIA: F unds to the revolving Twahangana Fund came from

Local Authority and Private Sector visits houses constructed in Okahandja.

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On 12 August 2021 Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) held a learning event with the Honourable Town Councillors and the delegation headed by Mayor of Okahandja, Natasha Brinkman accompanied by a Town Councillor, Acting CEO and staff members. Constituency Councillors were represented by the Chief Control Officer and for the private sector Standard Bank Branch Manager, Immanuel Jason was present. The delegation was invited to learn more about the activities of the Federation by visiting the 20 houses just built by federation members in Okahandja. The 20 houses have been funded through its Buy-a-Brick Initiative as follows 15 through MTC/Huawei and 5 houses by Standard Bank. NHAG and SDFN would like to thank MTC, Standard Bank, and all the partners for their unwavering support and financial contribution. Some of these Federation’s houses in Okahandja are already occupied while some are under construction on the verge of completion. The even

COMMUNITY LED UPGRADING OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS EXHIBITION

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Community Voice exhibition!! The Community-Led Upgrading of Informal Settlements is a trans-disciplinary research project which focuses on informal settlement upgrading in Namibia and Zambia. The project involving universities, communities, and NGOs researches different tools to engage the community. The project focuses on the following tools to create a voice for the community that lacks inclusion in decision making: Photos, voice, Spoken words, Art, Fashion, and Drama. Today On the 30 th of March, the Community-Led Upgrading of Informal Settlements Namibia _Zambia hosted a road exhibition where the process of informal settlement upgrading was showcased using maps and presentations of how the upgrading processes operate. The exhibition focused on ways to improve informal settlements in Namibia. Community members from two different towns were invited to present their experiences on the process of informal settlement upgrading. They shared their experiences and challenges including s

30 households became home owners in Berseba. Halala Federation Halala!!

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  //Karas Governor Alletha Fredericks who officially handed over 30 houses to members of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia on the 26 of March 2021 said:  Housing, or rather the shortage thereof in our country, is an emotional subject. Hundreds of thousands of our people are living in deplorable conditions.   We feel the pain and the lack of dignity that comes with it and we spend countless sleepless nights agonizing over how best to get our people out of these and other situations. The Government, through its regional and local authority structures, will continue to support the work of community based organizations such as the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia."

Donation of a brick-making Machine to Ongwediva Shack Dwellers members.

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In efforts to accelerate land delivery, the Mayor of Ongwediva Town His Worship Father Taarah Shalyefu joined Council members to hand over a donation of a brick-making machine worth N$ 10 000.00 to Ongwediva Shack Dwellers Federation members. The donation came few months after Council allocated 98 plots to the Federation. 

February 2020 updates from projects in Namibia

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Helao Nafidi:  Incremental development to cater for everyone-from informal settlement upgrading to green fields.  Hans Shifeni from 17 th Location in Nelao Nafidi s hared that 17 th location is looking so beautiful with  open streets. We have done the servicing of the water.  We relocated other people to other land with street and they have water and they started to apply for water meters. We are busy planning greenfields for the plots that are in the water.  I also live in a Greenfields plot and we already built our houses.  We are busy to mobilize the groups that are willing to build their houses. Now the people of 17 location can build,  they could not build houses before but first had to upgrade.  They like the houses we built and want also to start building.  We built 49 houses in Helao Nafidi. We built 9 houses last years - and the previous year 30 and the year before 10. Five Water meters connected at Usab Informal Settlement in Karibib.       For NHAG and SDFN this is an

Updating profiles of Bukalo and Nkurenkuru informal settlements and upgrading activities of Tsumeb, Kuvukiland informal settlement and Mariental informal settlement.

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Bukalo Profiling Profiling of informal settlements aims at collecting socio-economic formation and spatial data for informal areas in urban areas whether City, Town or village. Recently The SDFN/NHAG embarked on profiling activities in Bukalo. Meetings were held with the Bukalo Village Council to introduce the SDFN/NHAG upgrading approach to new councilors and also identify any informal settlements to be profiled. In Bukalo, there are no informal settlements however, within the town boundaries is an area under the control and administration of the Traditional Authority. The village council only supplies basic services to the area such as water. This area is not planned and people settle there as per allocation by the traditional authority. A Community Land Information Program Team was established and trained to do the profiling of the settlements. This activity is currently ongoing and once completed, feedback will be presented to the Village Council, Traditional Authority and Co