Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) is an NGO specialising in sustainable urban development. They provide technical, financial and other support to local authorities to assist them with addressing urban development challenges. DWN has three main areas of intervention: the provision of low-cost land for housing and innovative housing solutions; appropriate low-cost urban sanitation; and Early Childhood Development.

The Twin Hills Trust supports the following DWN projects:

Early Childhood Development

Investment in early childhood development (ECD) is an effective approach for societies to strengthen their human capital. A child’s early years lay the foundation for good brain development and a broad range of learning abilities and skills. In Namibia, however, less than 20% of children aged 0-4 attend ECD programmes and the government has made ECD support a national priority.

DWN assists existing ECD centres by:

  • Training ECD centre teachers
  • Providing teaching and learning materials
  • Improving basic centre infrastructure
  • Helping parents improve their development support
  • Providing nutritious meals for children, many of whom are malnourished

The Twin Hills Trust is funding is allowing DWN to expand its work to some 20 ECD centres in the informal settlements of Omaruru and Karibib.

Developing low-cost serviced plots in Karibib

The lack of affordable land for housing is the single most important factor contributing to the continued and rapid growth of informal settlements. DWN empowers local authorities to provide serviced land, at cost, for low-income earners to purchase, thus contributing to more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Karibib has experienced continued and rapid growth of its informal settlements and DWN has entered a partnership with the town council to implement a land delivery project. Funding by the Twin Hills Foundation is allowing DWN to accelerate this project by subsidising an additional 34 plots. The capital recouped from the sale of plots goes back into a rotating fund that is used to finance the development of further plots.