Guest Contributor | May 20, 2019 | 0
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung welcomes new head
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung officially introduced, Reinhard Willig as new head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Namibia- Angola earlier this week at a press conference held in Windhoek.
Willig assumed office on 1 June and will serve as the new head of office until the end of this year. Prior to his appointment in Namibia, he worked for the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung in different positions, mainly related with Latin America.
“Namibia is now my first contact with the African world. Since my arrival last Tuesday, I started my learning process about Namibia – its history, economy, society and his people,” he said.
For many years now, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Namibia-Angola has been working together closely with numerous public institutions, parties, civil society organizations and selected partners in order to foster the KAS development goals, which are the strengthening of human rights and democracy, the rule of law as well as the fight against climate change.
“I will not only be responsible for keeping up the continuous and good relationships with our existing partners, but will also focus on bringing forth two new projects which have officially started this month, but have not yet been introduced to the public,” he added.
According to Willig, his first first project will be “One world, no hunger II. Strengthening women’s land ownership and land use right in Sub-Sahara Africa.”
“It stands in line with KAS’s long-term engagement on women’s political and economic rights and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),” he said.
The project aims to support secure and fair access to land and its resources for women in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to increase food security. In Namibia, the project is planned to be implemented in the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto Regions and will target women, particularly widows and single mothers, traditional authorities and female and male political decision-makers on local and national level. The project will be run by Mrs. Stefanie Braun and will be implemented until the end of 2019.
The second project he introduced is the, “Strengthening CSOs and Local Authorities in Namibia”, which he noted will deal with the reinforcement of Civil Society Organisations as influential actors in an accountable, transparent and participatory democracy in Namibia.
The project aims to support them in building capacities and skills that lead to an improved dialogue with the elected representatives. The project will be implemented in several region, Hardap, Omaheke, Erongo, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa until the end of 2019. Dennis Zaire, long standing KAS Programme Manager, will run this important project as Project Manager for the next three years and is also present to answer all your questions in this regards.