KEETMANSHOOP: Agra Professional Services embarked on a series of meetings with the German Initiative Programme project management committees in different regions at the end of last month.
The first meetings were held around the Karas and Hardap Regions at the end of July, and will move on to the Omaheke and Khomas Regions as from next week.
Agra was last year tasked by the Namibian Government in collaboration with the German Government to implement livestock projects falling under the German Initiative Programme in the regions benefiting from this programme.
Agra Professional Services’ consultant Salmon Boois told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Monday that during the meetings with the committees, he explains to them what their duties and responsibilities are in the execution of the livestock projects.
The programme funds small-scale social and economic infrastructure projects (including equipment), which benefit the poor and have an impact on poverty.
Boois said people who receive goats as part of the programme are educated on the processes and by-laws of the project so that they understand and know what is expected of them as soon as they receive the goats.
The meetings are also aimed at explaining how the project works so that complaints from beneficiaries that the project takes ‘too long to reach them’ can be avoided.
Residents of Blouwes and other villages in the Karas Region recently complained that almost seven years after the introduction of the German Initiative Programme, they are yet to benefit from it.
Boois said he is working with the traditional authorities and constituency councillors as the projects will be carried out under their supervision once Agra’s contract ends in June next year.
Asked when the goats would be distributed to the beneficiaries, he said this will be determined by a tender process.
“The tender process for the people who will buy and distribute goats to beneficiaries has officially closed today, so I estimate that the results will be out by September,” he explained.
In 2005, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany proposed a special initiative in which that country’s government undertook to commit a total of about N.dollars 160 million, which would be disbursed over a period of three to five years.
The project was approved by Cabinet in May 2006.
The special initiative was meant for developmental projects for communities that have ‘historic ties’ with the German colonial government such as the Nama, Damara, Herero and San.
All beneficiaries will receive 20 goats each, and they are then expected to ‘pay the programme back’ with the same number of goats after three years. These 20 goats will then be distributed to new beneficiaries to be selected every three years.
The primary beneficiaries of the programme are identified poor communities in the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Kunene, Erongo, Karas and Hardap Regions, but ultimately is intended to benefit all Namibians.
Poor communities in the Karas Region were identified at the villages of Blouwes, Bethanie, Vaalgras and Berseba, while in Hardap, people at Asab and Gibeon, amongst others, will benefit.