US aid to Namibia to focus on education, conservancies

US aid to Namibia to focus on education, conservancies

THE United States yesterday granted Namibia US$30 million (about N$200 million) in development aid for the next five years.

An agreement on three new Strategic Objective Agreements were signed in the Namibian capital. US Ambassador Joyce Barr said the grant would focus on basic education, community-based natural resource management, democracy and governance.The money will be channelled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).One of the co-operation programmes would be the training of teachers, especially for critical subjects such as English, mathematics and science, to improve education standards in Namibia.Schools will also be the frontline in the fight against HIV-AIDS.The USAID programme will support school-based HIV-AIDS projects to provide care to orphans and vulnerable children while raising awareness among pupils, teachers and parents, Barr said.Another aid recipient is Namibia’s community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) programme, which USAID has been funding since 1993.The programme provides technical assistance and training to help rural communities set up conservancies.As part of its worldwide efforts to promote democracy, the US government is also supporting efforts in Namibia to strengthen democratic institutions and processes.Assistance will focus on technical training and institutional capacity building to reinforce the relationship between civil society and Government.Helmut Angula, the Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), said at the signing that US aid to Namibia had increased from US$14,2 million in 2003 to US$26,3 million this year.Angula said the NPC would sign agreements with specific line Ministries and NGOs to ensure the smooth implementation of the programmes.He said while Namibia was committed to democracy, Government recognised that there were shortcomings in some areas.”In some regions and local authorities there is a need to improve responsiveness to citizens by elected representatives.We therefore appreciate the support from USAID,” said Angula.=US Ambassador Joyce Barr said the grant would focus on basic education, community-based natural resource management, democracy and governance.The money will be channelled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).One of the co-operation programmes would be the training of teachers, especially for critical subjects such as English, mathematics and science, to improve education standards in Namibia.Schools will also be the frontline in the fight against HIV-AIDS.The USAID programme will support school-based HIV-AIDS projects to provide care to orphans and vulnerable children while raising awareness among pupils, teachers and parents, Barr said.Another aid recipient is Namibia’s community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) programme, which USAID has been funding since 1993.The programme provides technical assistance and training to help rural communities set up conservancies.As part of its worldwide efforts to promote democracy, the US government is also supporting efforts in Namibia to strengthen democratic institutions and processes.Assistance will focus on technical training and institutional capacity building to reinforce the relationship between civil society and Government.Helmut Angula, the Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), said at the signing that US aid to Namibia had increased from US$14,2 million in 2003 to US$26,3 million this year.Angula said the NPC would sign agreements with specific line Ministries and NGOs to ensure the smooth implementation of the programmes.He said while Namibia was committed to democracy, Government recognised that there were shortcomings in some areas.”In some regions and local authorities there is a need to improve responsiveness to citizens by elected representatives.We therefore appreciate the support from USAID,” said Angula.=

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