ASSAR’s research has found that for people to stay, and thrive, in Namibia’s northern rural areas, government needs to find ways to better support rural communities so that they have various ways to maintain their livelihoods during times of drought. ASSAR’s research recommends the need for climate-smart agricultural methods, and the development of economic opportunities for livelihoods outside of agriculture. 

Importantly, rural communities in semi-arid regions need access to state support during drought but in a way that does not create a dependent relationship that leaves communities waitin...

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The ASSAR radio show that has been airing on the KATI-fm radio-waves; which discusses various topics of interest in relation to the project findings has been on air since Monday 30 July 2018 and the last session will be broadcast next Monday 24 September 2018.

The past 3 episodes focused on gender, agriculture and climate change and the in-studion guest included Ms. Margaret Angula (UNAM), Mr. Martin Embudile (Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry) and Mr. Sion Shifa (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) as they shared their expertise on the topics under discussion.

For an update on what...

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The role of the DRFN on the ASSAR project is to ensure that the research findings from the project are shared strategically within the country, and beyond to enable evidence-based research uptake. This has been achieved through the ASSAR "research into use" approach, which has been assigned to Bernadette Shalumbu since 2016 .

One purpose of the DRFN is to enhance decision making for sustainable development which is achieved through evidence-based research, capacity development, evidence based advocacy and lobbying and the position of the DRFN within the ASSAR project allowed for all of these t...

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The Donkerbos community had the opportunity to meet, mingle and share ancient stories as well as show off their creative skills to the tech team from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). With funding from the Embassy of Finland, NUST has created the Local Inclusive and Collaborative Technology Innovation Hub which aims to explore how digital technology can be used to develop or improve products and services in Namibia.

The project aims to include marginalized communities into the innovation process and to ensure that products developed by marginalized communities also have ...

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