UNAM Development Studies programme gets shot in the arm from Development Bank
Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) CEO, Martin Inkumbi this week announced that the Bank will provide N$1 million to sponsor the multidisciplinary Masters in Development Studies, to be offered at the Oshakati University of Namibia campus.
Inkumbi said development addresses the inequities of the past as well as preparing for future needs, adding that Namibia still has to address economic structural issues that have excluded the majority of Namibians from formal economic activity, and reduced them to subsistence activities.
“Namibia has forecasts of economic requirements brought about by population growth, and the need for competitiveness, locally, in the SADC, in other African economic blocs, and in global economies,” Inkumbi said.
He further said that the Bank has to respond to national plans, such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan, NDP5, as well as other economic development directives from the government.
“Yet although its activities are directed by its mandate, the Bank has a responsibility to interpret the various needs and respond to them in a manner which provides the best possible outcome in terms of development impact,” he added.
The Masters course, according to Inkumbi, represents a deepening of the pool of knowledge with which the Bank will engage in future.
“Graduates and those who audit the lectures will add to the shared development knowledge base and will be able to contribute to formation of common goals. The graduates will also constitute a deepening of the pool of human resources for all development institutions in Namibia, as well as for the commercial sector,” Inkumbi noted.
Inkumbi said the Bank expects the MA in Development Studies programme to take a lead in the discipline of economic development and transformation, and to lead the way to new and innovative development thinking, strategies and plans that will improve the economy and give additional impetus to social development.
“The Bank expects the graduates to better understand the Bank’s decisions through understanding of formal theories and fields of development. This will lead to a greater understanding of DBN’s priorities in allocating finance” he added.
Inkumbi commended UNAM and the initiators of the course, and called on them to also make segments of the course available as short courses to enhance the skills and business knowledge of entrepreneurs and of individuals occupied in specific fields of development.