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ILMI Newsletter: February 2016

This is the second monthly newsletter from the Integrated Land Management Institute (ILMI).

In this delivery, we would like to share the outcome of the research workshop on Communal Land Matters, as well as to invite you to the events we will be having with our visiting guest, Prof. Stig Enemark.

Recent updates on our ongoing collaborations on adequate housing pilots with the Teachers' Union of Namibia, and the partnership between the Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS), the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP) and the Namibia Architecture Student Association (NASA) on analysing and re-imagining the future development of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) campus.

Lastly, below you will also find news on land, livelihoods and housing-related issues in Namibia.

Upcoming events

The Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS) and ILMI are pleased to invite the general public to two public events with Prof. Stig Enemark, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).



Professional lecture: “Land Administration in support of the global agenda”
Friday, March 4th, 2016 9h30-13h00
Venue to be confirmed
 
Brown bag meeting: “On Problem Based Learning”
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016  12h30-14h00 (Lunch will be provided, please confirm attendance)
Seminar room, Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP)

Click here for more info about Prof. Enemark.

Communal Land Matters research workshop.
The event hosted Namibian, Swiss, and German researchers who focus their work on land issues in Namibia. The presentations are available on our website, and photos of the event can be found here.
Fieldwork visit to the "formal/informal" settlements in Windhoek. With the Namibia Housing Action Group, the Shackdwellers' Federation of Namibia, and Prof. Enemark. Photographs here.
Meeting TUN. On February we also had a meeting to discuss preliminary results of a teachers' survey to identify the needs for affordable housing among members. Full results available soon.
University-led urban transformation. A collaborative project between departments and students' associations to analyse and re-imagine the future development of the NUST campus. Read concept note here.
ILMI space. The Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS) is kindly hosting ILMI at NUST main campus. Main entrance through Storch St., second building to the left. Get directions here.
LAND, LIVELIHOODS AND HOUSING NEWS FROM NAMIBIA.

TRANSPORT New buses run throughout Windhoek from February. The initiative is part of the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan. Link here.
 
INFRASTRUCTURE Namibia to pump water through 350km to supply central areas to avert water crisis. NamWater would pump water from Kombat to Okakarara and eventually to the Omatako Dam and then into the Von Bach Dam, from where it will be supplied to the central areas. Link here.
 
LAND Former Exiles Exacerbate Land Disputes. The "We fought for this country” mentality is the cause of many land disputes faced by traditional authorities, says headman. Link here.
 
LAND Minister: Government to take land by force. Land reform minister says they are engaging the attorney general on the expropriation of land in the near future since the policy of willing buyer, willing seller is not effective. Link here.
 
LAND Over 80 percent of Africa’s farmers are smallholder farmers: Foreign Affairs. Many of which are living in poverty and farming less than two hectares with low levels of production. Link here.
 
INFRASTRUCTURE Water shortages to impact construction industry. Water shortages and restrictions in Windhoek will directly affect economic activity in Namibia, impacting water dependent industries, such as construction. Link here.
 
LIVELIHOODS Chinese traders' livelihoods in Windhoek. Due to the low purchasing power of many Namibians and lack of industrialisation and manufacturing industries, Chinese traders explored trade opportunities in Namibia. Link here.
 
LAND Ministry considers 'benefits' of land reform, one of which "could be that of using the certificate as collateral". The ministry announced it has registered 83 951 communal land rights and 75 082 certificates were issued to applicants countrywide. Link here.
 
URBAN National Housing Enterprise wants to benefit from the mass land servicing programme. Link here.
 
URBAN National Housing Enterprise proposes to fall under Finance ministry, instead of Urban one. Link here.
 
ENVIRONMENT Namibia to host international drought conference. Minister of Environment and Tourism announced that Namibia will host an international conference in August to focus on the development of a strategic framework to improve drought resilience in Africa. Link here.
 
FINANCE Over 46% of non-interest expenditure of Namibia's 2016/7 Budget allocated to "social sectors", including housing. This includes allocations for the Mass Housing and the Mass Land Servicing Programme. Link here.
About ILMI
The Integrated Land Management Institute is a centre of the School of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences (SNRSS) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) committed to develop reputable and multidisciplinary research and public outreach activities in the field of land, administration, property, architecture and spatial planning.
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