Children playing against the backdrop of one of Windhoek’s informal settlements.

Sustainable urban development for a better life in Namibia’s informal settlements

Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Development II (ISUD II)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2024 to 2026

  • Products and expertise

    Governance and democracy


Namibia is in the middle of transition from a rural to an urban society. By 2050, an estimated three-quarters of its population will live in cities. People’s ways of life, choices and goals are changing, with development challenges such as poverty, education and health increasingly shifting to the cities.

Cities grow primarily by establishing, condensing and expanding informal settlements. However, the occupants of the settlements lack secure land rights and live in poor conditions. Particular challenges of upgrading neighbourhoods are cost efficiency, resilience, safety, hygiene and lack of income opportunities.

Four people in GIZ baseball caps marking a spot on maps of an informal settlement. Copyright: GIZ© GIZ


The conditions for further developing informal settlements into liveable neighbourhoods in Namibia have improved.


With the support of the Namibian Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and selected partner cities, the project pools the engagement of residents and experts from various disciplines to create liveable neighbourhoods for inclusive and long-term urban development.

In the process, the project advises its partners on participatory and integrated urban development.

To achieve this, it improves skills and conditions as well as the applied cooperative planning of selected informal settlements with local planning stakeholders and the local population. The project also helps implement neighbourhood initiatives and, in cooperation with the Namibian Association of Local Authority Officials (NALAO), the establishment of an urban network for exchanging experience.

The project supports infrastructure financing by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the use of digital solutions by the Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities of the United Nations (UNITAC) Hamburg.

Last update: March 2024

Four women looking at a map of the Donkerhoek settlement in Mariental; one woman is pointing out a spot. Copyright: GIZ