PROJECTS

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  • President’s IQP Award 2011 won by WPI@DRFN

    Posted on Jan 27, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="QLP_award.png" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9029e99d0c.png" border="0" alt="QLP award" width="600" height="510"></p> <p><strong>CONGRATULATIONS!!!</strong><br> The DRFN congratulates Valerie Boutin, Caitlin Butler, Samuel Kesseli and Mary Clare McCorry, students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the USA, who were awarded the President’s IQP Award 2011 for their study titled: <strong>Improving Water Quality and Sanitation in Rural Namibian Communities: a baseline assessment on Odendaal farms and development of community-integrated implementation</strong>. This study was conducted under the rural component of the E-CAP project.</p> <p>The Integrative Qualifying Project (IQP) is part of WPI’s innovative project-based curriculum. All students are...</p></p></p>

  • E-CAP internship

    Posted on Jan 25, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="ECAP Kalkrand.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902a706ff1.jpg" border="0" alt="ECAP Kalkrand" width="300" height="199"></p> <p>DRFN is inviting students at Polytechnic of Namibia and University of Namibia to apply for an internship. The internship is part of the project “Sustainable use of Namibia’s natural resources: contributing towards enhancing the capacity of future decision makers”, referred to as E-CAP. You can find more information about the E-CAP project at this link: <a href="http://www.drfn.org.na/ECAP/">http://www.drfn.org.na/ECAP/</a></p> <p>Only students that are required by their institution to undertake an internship as part of their studies can qualify for this internship. The internship will start as soon as possible, and would be for a period of 3...</p></p>

  • Signing of ECAP2

    Posted on Jan 23, 2012

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902b17c679.png" alt="ECAP2improved" title="ECAP2improved.png" border="0" width="600" height="538"></p> <p>The 24th of January 2012 the Finnish Embassy and the DRFN signed an agreement for funding of a second year of the E-CAP project. The event took place at the Finnish Embassy in Windhoek. Stefan Nel, the chief accountant is here seen with the acting charge de affairs Ms. Joki Kyyny after signing the agreement.</p> <p>For this second year of implementation of the E-CAP project, DRFN will continue its work with rural communities and local authorities, contributing to improved sanitation services in the rural areas of Namibia, and to support local authorities in enhancing their capacity to deliver requir...</p></p>

  • Inauguration of Tsumkwe Energy

    Posted on Jan 23, 2012

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902c0a0de7.jpg" alt="Tsumkwe inauguration" title="tsumkwe_inauguration.jpg" border="0" width="600" height="450"></p> <p><b>The Tsumkwe Energy solar/diesel hybrid system was inaugurated at a big media event in Tsumkwe on the 24th of January 2012.</b> As the EU funding is coming to an end in February 2012, this marked the end of DRFN’s direct involvement in the management and monitoring of the system. Dr. Mary Seely (in the picture), representing the DRFN, gave a key note address at the event.</p> <p>Discussions with EU, NamPower and Otjizondjupa Regional Council regarding sustainability of the plant and possibilities for DRFN to continue its involvement are still on-going.</p> <p>To download the key note address given by Dr. Seely...</p></p>

  • Finnish Embassy round table meeting

    Posted on Oct 17, 2011

    <p>Fransiska Nghitila and Faith Simataa attended the Finnish Round Table meeting which was held from 29-30 September 2011 at the NIPAM premises in Olympia, Windhoek. The first day was dedicated to a training workshop on HIV/AIDS facilitated by Positive Vibes, a local non-governmental organisation involved in capacity development of those infected and affected by the pandemic.</p> <p>This was done to set the scene for the second day, where project partners had to provide feedback on project activities carried out by them thus far with the Finnish funding. As a result of this, the main aim is to mainstre...</p>

  • E-CAP Rural

    Posted on Oct 16, 2011

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902d983c8e.jpg" alt="PP TT" width="600" height="450" border="0"></p> <p></p> <center><em>The Director of the DRFN, Viviane Kinyaga handing over a Otji-toilet to Mr Paul Gertze. </em></center></p>

  • Tsumkwe hybrid system

    Posted on Oct 12, 2011

    <p>The Tsumkwe Energy hybrid system was commissioned in early August 2011. This state-of-the art solar diesel system, with a capacity of 200 kWp solar and 300 kW diesel, is the largest of its kind in Africa, feeding its electricity into a mini-grid supplying the entire settlement of Tsumkwe.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902ee86f13.png" alt="Commissioning" border="0" width="562" height="315"></p> <p></p> <center><i>Commissioning of the hybrid system: 13 August 2011</i></center> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902f535c03.png" alt="Installation" border="0" width="569" height="425"></p> <p></p> <center><i>Installation of the hybrid system: 08-13 August 2011</i></center> <p>If proven technically robust, the hybrid system will provide a feasible strategy towards rural off-grid electrification in Namibia and other developing countries. A training programme for technical staf...</p></p></p>

  • Adaptation fund

    Posted on Oct 10, 2011

    <p>Through the Adaptation Fund (AF), developing countries who are party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) are eligible for direct access to funding in order to implement adaptation projects and programmes that will reduce the economic and environmental pressures caused by climate change.</p> <p>On behalf of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a workshop was organized to familiarize participants with the processes and requirements for the accreditation of the National Implementing Entities (NIE) under the AF. The workshop focused on African parties and was held...</p>

  • E-CAP: Local Authority Support

    Posted on Oct 10, 2011

    <p><b>E-CAP: Local Authority Support in Gibeon and Stampriet through Performance Support Team approach.</b></p> <p>Based on an approach piloted in Kalkrand, the Performance Support Team (PST) was implemented in Gibeon from 30 May – 01 June 2011, and in Stampriet from 27-30 June 2011. </p> <p>The local authorities were visited with the aim of discussing challenges and finding solutions for them pertaining to water supply, sanitation and solid waste management in their respective areas.</p> <p>Meetings were held with both the village secretary and acting CEO of both local authorities; the village council staff; councilors; as...</p>

  • E-CAP: Rural Component

    Posted on Aug 14, 2011

    <p><b>Dry sanitation for rural communities</b><br> The rural component of the E-CAP project is in the process of piloting dry sanitation systems at selected farms on Odendaal farms in the Hardap region. The specific locations where dry sanitation systems are piloted are: Grundorn South, Nico Noord, Laurensia, Laurensia Pos, Doringdraai and Nico.</p> <p>Based on consultations with various stakeholders, including representatives from Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination (DWSSC) and users of existing dry sanitation systems, the Otji-toilet, a locally manufactured dry sanitation system, was selected...</p></p>

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