Spain supports monitoring and reporting systems
During the previous week, the Spanish Ambassador H.E. Carmen Díez and the Representative of the European Union Delegation, Mr. Jean-Paul Heerschap, accompanied the Deputy Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Hon. Priscilla Beukes to the launchof the National Rural Development Policy and Strategy (NRDPS) and the Electronic Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting System (EMERS). The diplomats travelled to Ongwediva since the NRDPS has been supported by the EU Delegation and the EMERS has been financed by the Spanish Cooperation. Due to the importance of the event, many regional governors attended the launch.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain said this week the Spanish Cooperation has been supporting the Microfinance programme of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development since 2012 to contribute to the economic development of rural entrepreneurs with a special focus on women. This programme is expected to create more than 1000 jobs and facilitate 107 projects per year. Within the framework of this programme, the Spanish Cooperation has also financed the Electronic Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting System, a computer system installed at the ministry in Windhoek as well as in its regional branches to strengthen it’s capacity to monitor all these initiatives. The EMERS is a very useful tool serving as feedback mechanism within the framework of the National Rural Development Policy and Strategy. Other activities implemented in this project include training courses, exchange programmes for the most successful entrepreneurs and capacity building for the ministry’s staff. The courses, which target mainly young people and women, include business and financial management of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), tailoring, gardening, brick making, poultry farming, carpentry and small livestock husbandry. The Spanish Ambassador expressed her hopes that both projects will make a significant contribution “towards the accomplishment of the NDP4 and Vision 2030 goals”, through improving employment, food security and economic development.