Rural Development - OshanaRC

Rural Development

a)    Micro Finance Scheme

This is a scheme aimed at giving free "grants" to viable new or existing micro/small/medium enterprises in the rural areas. People can apply and once successful, the Regional Council can fund the business in the form of grants. 


Objective of the Micro Finance Scheme:

To promote rural industrialization, self-employment and local skills within rural communities and address poverty eradication.

General Requirements:

  • All Namibians above the age of 18 residing in the rural areas of Omaheke region;
  • Youth, women and community-based groups that reside in rural and settlement areas;
  • San community and other marginalized groups are encouraged to apply;
  • The proposed project should be economically viable and sustainable;
  • Cost breakdown for required amount and one quotation must be provided;/li />
  • The proposed project must be registered with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development;
  • The proposed project must have a bank account or willing to open a bank account within three months after approval.

b)    Rural Employment Scheme

The Rural Employment Scheme aims to financially support any commercial/economic activity within the rural area of the region as long as it has a potential to grow and create employment and reduce poverty. It is a new intervention that is in operation since 2012/2013 financial year.

c)    One Region One Initiative

The One Region One Initiative (OROI) is another initiative/intervention by the Regional Council to transform local environments to make them more attractive to local residents, tourists and investors. It is a new concept towards rural development aimed at natural products/resources. Products that are very unique to the region ought to be identified., add value, promote them and market them to other regions. This can be done through this programme.

d)    Cash/Food-for-Work Programme

The programme has been running since 1996 aimed at creating short term employment opportunities for able bodied rural communities and in the process create/fix and maintain community infrastructure within the region. Rural communities identify public projects they want to improve or establish and once approved, they will be supplied with materials and in return Council compensate their labour with either food rations or cash payments.

e)    Regional Specific Action Plan

The Region Specific Food Security and Nutrition Action Plan depicts the people's voice on how they perceive and conceptualize problems and what type of interventions they want to happen in their area. This is a 10 year-plan from 2006 - 2015. Through this plan, the Regional Council is implementing some of the proposed interventions.

f) Rural Development Centre/Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur Rural Development Centre was established with the aim to promote rural development through appropriate technology products with special focus on woodwork and carpentry; to manufacture affordable wood products that meet the needs of rural communities; as well as to provide hospitality services, namely catering, accommodation and conference facilities.  

g)    Rural Sanitation

The Rural Sanitation programme is aimed at improving rural sanitation facilities in the region in order to improve rural hygiene and in the process create temporary employment with a focus on the youth and create and/or transfer some skills to the youth.

h)    Support Resources to Rural Poor Farmers

This programme was introduced during financial year 2014/2015, but implementation only commenced in 2015. The main aim of the programme is to reduce poverty through assisting the rural farmers with farm implements to improve their farming activities or to stock up with livestock for those who did not own livestock to improve their livelihood. 

i)    World Food Day Commemoration

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.  The day has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.