Approximately 66% of the Namibian population did not have access to electricity in 2009 (Namibia report, 2012). Those without electricity mostly live in rural areas or in informal urban settlements. Illegal connections to the existing grid as well as open fires, candles and paraffin lights are often used to generate light at night. These practices are of serious safety and health concerns as they may cause injuries or even death, particularly amongst young children and elderly people. The absence of light can further reduce the ability of students to read and study at home. This may cause poor...

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SDP

The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Gobabeb Centre) is inviting students and recent graduates from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) to apply for participation in the Summer Desertification Programme (SDP). Students from all faculties are invited to apply.

The objectives of the programme are to equip Namibian students and recent graduates with experience and training in integrated sustainable land management through applied research approaches, critical thinking and problem solving.

The theme for the 2013/2...

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The aim of IWRM Community Projects is to strengthen the capacities of local communities to apply IWRM through the adoption of a practical approach of “learning by doing”. The community projects are designed to directly improve livelihoods and focus on initiatives such as water supply, water sanitation and hygiene, water storage, disaster risks reduction, and small scale irrigation, among others. The purpose of this project will be to demonstrate the benefits of IWRM to promote peace and security reduce poverty and improve climate resilience within the context of shared watercourses. The projec...

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The DRFN is proud to announce that Dr Mary Seely is the recipient of the 2013 “Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research”. Dr Seely will receive this prestigious award during this month Annual General Meeting of the American Geological Society in Denver/Colorado. The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research was established in 1999 by the GSA Foundation as a Division award administered entirely by the Division. Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, contributed the initial endowment for the award.

Seely

The award is given annually for ...

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