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DAPP Namibia: Association Not for Gain, 21/90/045 & Welfare Organisation, wo85

Legal Status
DAPP Namibia (Development Aid from People to People) is a Namibian organization registered as:
a) An Incorporated Association not for Gain, 21/90/45 with the Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and SME Development since 1990.
b) A welfare organization under the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia  (WO 85) since 1992.

Objectives. The main objective of the association is "to carry out welfare and developmental work of any nature and assist the people of Namibia in order to improve the quality of life. To help children, young people and families in distress or in need".


Constitution. DAPP Namibia is guided by a constitution and has accordingly an Annual General Meeting as the final decision making body. The Annual General meeting elects a Board of Directors (7 members) normally for a  three year period at a time to oversee the operation of the organization. The Board of Directors hires a Managing Director to lead the day to day operations of the organization.

DAPP Namibia is a member and co-founder of the Federation for Associations connected to the International HUMANA People to People Movement. DAPP Namibia here finds a forum for exchanging development experiences and ideas, getting leadership training and technical assistance on program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and financial management.


DAPP Namibia is a member of NANASO, Namibia Network of AIDS Organizations and a member of NANGOF, Nambia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum Trust, a member of GEF and the Global Environmental Fund Civil Society Organization Network.


Areas of intervention and experience
The main areas of development efforts lie in education and training, health interventions for prevention especially in HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and preventable diseases among children, environmental sustainable including tree planting, community development and community mobilization among the poor to empower the people to improve their living conditions and assist those in need such as OVCs. In short, it is about helping people to help themselves.
The interventions are implemented via projects in regions. At the moment the following projects are operating:

Projects / programmes
* Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) program for HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and support implemented in Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango, Caprivi, Otjozondjupa, Khomas regions covering systematically all the households, where TCE Field Officers visit and have one on one sessions on topics about HIV/AIDS and related issues and mobilize communities to deal with the consequences of the epidemic.

Home Based Counseling and Testing implemented by trained TCE Field Officers is about bringing the services to the people and helps in linking them to the health sectors with TCE Field Officers following up until such time that a person will be in good control.  Trio and Support Group are formed to provide support for HIV Positive people to adhere  to their treatment and solve other matters.  

Prevention programmes such as VMMC mobilization, condom distribution and youth clubs in and out of school are implemented by TCE.  A Pilot programme bringing testing and counselling for HIV to learners in schools was successfully implemented.  With the support and cooperation from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Global Fund and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), NIP, UNICEF and GIZ

Reach: approximately 1 000 000 Namibians


* No more Malaria Campaign in Oshikoto, Kavango and Zambezi

With support from Global Fund and cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Services

Reached: approximately 100 000 Namibians


* Child Aid – a Community Development project with 10 lines of activities is designed to assist 3000 families in each project in Ohangwena, Kavango and Zambezi in an organized way to improve their living condition for the sake of the children. Activities include health education and actions, income generating activities, life skills training, environment sustainable activities, sports and culture, operation of preschools, ECD programmes, training of Educarers etc. as well as organizing communities to give comprehensive support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Previously the Child Aid Programme was also implemented in the Omusati region. Activities are currently being supported by the EU and many different partners with the cooperation from Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Police Child Care and Protection Units, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

Reach: 3000 families or estimated 18 000 people.


* Farmers' Clubs programme - the farmers' clubs is a new program that is being implemented in the Kavango West & East regions with the purpose of replicating the concept to other areas of Namibia.  The project assists and train 1000 small scale farmers to increase their agricultural production through improved climate smart methods and organization.  It is implemented in cooperation with the Namibia Nature Foundation, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and local authorities.  Reach: 1000 subsistence farmer families. 


* Vocational Training School with 200+ students taking courses at 2 levels in Bricklaying, Business and Secretarial Studies, Community Development, ICT and different short courses. Located in Omusati region at Onambelela. With the cooperation and support from NTA (National Training Authority).

* DAPP Private School with grade 1-10 and many extracurricular activities in Omusati. 370 learners. With the cooperation and support from Ministry of Education.

* Scholarship programme. DAPP Namibia provides scholarships for selected staff members to go for 1 year training in Project Management in theory and practice at Frontline Institute in Zimbabwe. Besides, emphasis is put on capacity building of staff members via on the job training and advancement opportunities within the organization.


DAPP Namibia has organized the development work in local projects operating within a region and each project is managed by a Project Leader. The Project Leader is responsible for leading his/her staff in the project as well as hiring staff when needed. DAPP Namibia has in 2016 720 full time staff members and works with approximately 2.000 + volunteers.


Three service functions
DAPP has created three service functions to help Project Leaders and staff to focus on the implementation of the programs, which of course is the main thing. The service functions are manned with a limited number of people to keep costs down, but are nevertheless important for the overall quality implementation, cooperation and accountability.

1) DAPP Administration Unit based in Ongwediva, with a system of salary payments, book keeping, audit preparations, compliance with the labor law etc. with services, control systems and trainings. Annual external audit is done by the Ernst & Young Auditing firm. The administration is guided by policies and practical guidelines as formulated in the DAPP Namibia Financial Policies and Procedures and the DAPP Staff Handbook.

2) Another service function is dealing with project implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as training. This unit invites for regular Project Leader Forums for planning, exchange and capacity building and  visits the projects for data-verification monthly or quarterly and collects data on a weekly basis.

3) The third service function is the Information and Partnership Office based in Windhoek that links up with the government ministries and many different partners. It helps to formulate detailed programs and budgets that unite the needs of the communities and the wishes of the partners. This unit takes responsibility for regular reporting.



Thanks to partnerships with government, development partners and many private business and organizations DAPP Namibia can implement projects that benefit the people of Namibia and assist government in reaching national development