Namibia Development Trust (NDT)
Welcome to the Namibian Development Trust Website. A Non-Govermental Organisation found in 1987 by different civil society organisations to channel aid from European Commission to “victims of apartheid”. It later transformed itself in playing an active role in Community Development. As an NGO NDt works with historically marginalised rural and urban communities to build thir power to act for social change, through capacity building initiatives.
NDT envisages a society that is made up of self-reliant communities capable of self-management and able in determining their own destiny by mobilizing local and external resources and promoting participatory and more equitable development.
NDT aims to develop organisational and institutional capacities of rural and urban marginalised communities through people centred development within an enabling environment that aims to ensure improved livelihoods and empower communities to act for socio economic justice and social change.
Their core work is rural organisational capacity building these organisations are community based organisations, conservancies and cooperatives. Their commitment is towards the power of people to organise themselves for development. Their driving ideology is that if people are in control of their own socio-economic future than development will always be people centred and be initiated from the bottom up.
Build Organisation of Rural Poor
Promote People-Centred Development Approach
Facilitate Development Co-ordination
Ensure Operational Sustainability
Their definition of community development is partly attributed to their practical on the ground experience of what works and what does not work. At the top of the list of the criteria that qualifies rural development projects is community ownership, a central theme in every project that they have implemented. The simple idea that communities should have ownership over the projects that are implemented in their areas is a key ingredient to successful rural development projects.
Having being involved in the rural development of Namibia there are many lesson they have come to appreciate. They have equally grown in capacity and experience and thus have developed a strong rural development portfolio that is reflected in the different projects that they have implemented over a course of 23 years.
Although, they are very aware that there is much to be done to improve the livelihoods of the rural communities it is their commitment towards their vision and mission statement that renews their continued efforts to address rural development needs.See more