Despite being a sparsely populated country, a rising number of people now live in Namibia’s urban areas. With an annual urban growth rate that is more than double the annual population growth rate, urban centres in Namibia are continuing to grow. Poor families living in and next to Namibia’s urban areas often find it extremely difficult to access land, secure tenure, adequate housing, basic services, and credit with which to invest in improving their living conditions.
In Namibia, Homeless International works with Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG). We support NHAG to work with the Slum Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) to help poor households and communities form savings groups, engage with local and national government to gain access to land and secure tenure, and build their own houses. Poor communities have also been able to access basic amenities such as water and sanitation. Through the SDFN/NHAG alliance, poor communities are playing a crucial role in providing pro-poor perspectives into Namibian policies around housing and urban land.