Australia shares expertise
The Australian government will support the placement of two new Australian volunteers in Namibia to work on key development priorities. The two Australians – Alexandra Peard and Penelope Middleton – will work with the Namibia Red Cross Society in Windhoek.
In welcoming the announcement, the Australian High Commissioner to Namibia, Ann Harrap, said she was proud of the work done by volunteers and pleased to see a growing number of Australians keen to share their expertise with African partners.
“Australian volunteers can play a valuable role in helping to address development needs. Australia and Namibia enjoy warm and friendly ties and this volunteer engagement underlines Australia’s ongoing commitment to engage with Namibia across a wide spectrum of shared interests,” she said.
“Our development assistance programme with Namibia has grown in recent years, particularly through the delivery of scholarships and professional development study opportunities in Australia. But we were specifically asked by the Namibian Government if we could grow our volunteer programme and I am very pleased that we have been able to respond positively to that request,” said Harrap.
According to her, there are already four Australian volunteers in Namibia working at the Namibian National Training Authority and in the Namibian branch of UNICEF.
Harrap said that the volunteer posts will cover provinces throughout Namibia within the scope of their assignments.