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Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG)/ Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia 9SDFN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Otjiwarongo Municipality on the 24th of November 2021

  This marked a long awaiting milestone in the history of community-driven development, and in particular for the members of Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and the informal settlement inhabitants of Otjiwarongo. This MoU should be a living document, bringing change to people’s lives and not a paper to be hidden in the cabinets of the municipality and NHAG/SDFN. The seeds for implementation were already sown with Otjiwarongo municipality and the community showing their willingness for collaborating.   Over 100 houses were constructed by the SDFN members, more land has recently been allocated and almost 3,000 households are involved in preparing for upgrading. Now, this agreement is paving the way for up-scaling towards an incremental development that will help all shack dwellers and low-income families to secure tenure, services, and decent shelter.   This MoU is being signed at the time that Namibians are calling for new innovations and strategies to address the quest for affor

The singing of the Memorandum of understanding between Tsumeb Municipality and Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), Tsumeb. *It's a done deal now!!!*

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  *It's a done deal now!!!*

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.