Lack of solid waste management in rural communities can be a threat to both humans and animals and the environment they live in. Windblown waste is not only an eyesore in the landscape but a hazard to, e.g. children and small stock. The consumption of waste by small stock makes them ill and can kill them, which has a negative effect on the income of many farming communities.

Four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have conducted a study associated to the E-CAP project with the goal to investigate the generation and management of solid waste at household level and to assess the v...

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From 26 April to 5 May, four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) travelled to Tsumkwe, Otjozondjupa Region with Abraham Hangula and Clarence Mazambani. They performed a socio-economic evaluation of effects of the Tsumkwe Energy Project, the largest solar-diesel hybrid system in Southern Africa. The Tsumkwe Energy Project, which was inaugurated in January 2012, provides 24-hour electricity to residents and businesses in Tsumkwe through an off-grid system.

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Jessica and Lauren interviewing a local resident in Tsumkwe

The team interviewed residents, public officials, busines...

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From 26 – 29 March the DRFN members of The Future Okavango (TFO) project visited the project sites in Tjeye, Mopopama and Mashare in the Kavango Region. The purpose of this visit was to hold meetings with the three Village Development Committees (VDC) and the communities at large. The meetings were aimed at preparing the VDCs for their first formal ‘Forum for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM)’ meeting, involving representatives from the three communities and all their service providers. All three villages have established functional VDCs that are eager to take the FIRM approach to a higher...

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Between the 19th and the 23rd of March the E-CAP team conducted an assessment of the 17 Otji-toilets that were constructed in Grundorn south and the greater Nico area in the Hardap region in the first year of the project. The Otji-toilet is a dry sanitation system developed in Namibia for Namibian conditions. The team held focus group discussions and met with representatives from various households at the two sites. They met with both families that are using the dry sanitation systems, as well as with families that have still not gained access to improved sanitation systems, e.g. using buckets...

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