[OPEN] Civil Society Training Institute

Dear Civil Society Partners

NACSO ( Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations ) have been in discussions over the past years to set up a NACSO Training Organization for itself.

Having looked at amongst other things the sustainability challenges associated with such a move we have opted to broaden the scope to rather work towards the formation of a Civil Society Training Institute which will have a broader training mandate around civil society matters and registered with the NTA. Those of you who may not be familiar with NACSO may find more information on NACSO at www.nacso.org.na

This approach also wants to take advantage of the earlier work already done on the registration of unit standards for a Civil Society Management Qualifications Framework with the Namibia Training Authority. There are number of unit standards already developed which simply needs to be updated.

NACSO has also so far worked on Unit Standards for Conservancy Game Guards qualification which is at an advance stage to be registered and have recently started with a Conservancy Manager Qualification ( CBO Manager Qualification).

This communication is therefore firstly to inform you about this initiative. Secondly is to share with you Draft Articles of Association as we intend to register as a Section 21 Company. Thirdly is to solicit for interests from those of you who may want to become founding members of such an Association. We need 7 members ( minimum ) to form such an Association and as we go along others can still join. Let me know if there are issues which you want to be clarified and or discuss further.

I know some NGO’s are already registered with the NTA and your experience can be quite helpful for us. We also consider that this initiative may offer an opportunity for us to engage with the NTA as a collective . I understand there are number of challenges around in working with the NTA.

Attach please find a Draft Articles of Association . Please feel free to further distribute this email amongst your networks.

Looking forward to hear from you around this.

With Thanks

Ronny Dempers

Read/Download full Draft Articles of Association by clicking here.

Ronny Dempers
Executive Director of the Namibia Development Trust (NDT)
Office: +264 61 23 8002 or (061) 23 8003
Mobile: +264 81 736 7120
WhatsApp : +264 81 1270548
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Want to learn how to fact-check information? Want to verify content and profiles on social media?
Namibia Fact Check, with the support of DW Akademie, will be conducting a three-day training workshop for civil society organisations (CSOs) on fact-checking and social media verification to help CSOs assess, check and verify information encountered online.
The packed and engaging programme will include modules on identifying and fact-checking falsehoods, verifying images, profiles, websites and videos, as well as exposing you to tips and tools to help you navigate online content.
Dates: Wednesday to Friday, 10 - 12 March 2021
Times: 09h00 - 16h30 Daily
Venue: House of Democracy, 70-72 Dr Frans Indongo Str., Windhoek West, Windhoek
We only have space for 12 participants, so places will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.
To book your place, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (When applying kindly indicate the organisation you represent?)
Physical distancing, sanitising and masking will be compulsory.
Read/Download full notice here.

[CLOSED] African Civic Engagement Academy

The African Civic Engagement Academy (ACEA) is a free online training program and networking opportunity offered to selected mid-career NGO and public sector leaders across sub-Saharan Africa. ACEA provides 50+ hours of virtual coursework and peer discussion.

The Academy is intended for mid-career individuals with demonstrated leadership experience in NGO, non-profit, or public sector roles. Space is limited and applications are competitive.

Participants will:
Be between the ages of 30 and 45 as of January 1, 2021.
Serve in a leadership role with a civil society organization (including NGOs and non-profit community organizations) or a government unit responsible for engaging with the public.
Have a demonstrated record of leading civic engagement efforts, including projects and programs to advocate, engage, and communicate in an inclusive way.

Additional information and a link to the application is available at the website listed below. The application deadline is February 15.

Location: Online
Closing Date: 15 February 2021
Opportunity from: African Civic Engagement Academy (ACEA)

[CLOSED] CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - INTAKE 2021: "Talent Empowerment Programme (TEP)", Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

2021 sees the time ripe for rolling out the KAS-TEP as a fully-fledged programme with 30-35 selected KAS-TEPers (participants) to be taken through an extensive 3-week core training between March and June 2021. The continuation of the programme until November with 20-25 TEPers promises to offer participants with deepened relevant dimensions of the core training, including strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Location: Not specified
Closing Date: 14 February 2021
Opportunity from: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

KAS TEPClick here to download the 'Call for Applications'

[CLOSED] Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)

Invitation to a Half-Day Workshop on “State of Human Rights in Namibia with a focus on Socio-Economic Rights” as part of the 2021 United Nations Human Rights Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process for Namibia:

The ELCRN through its Desk for Social Development (DfSD-ELCRN) is facilitating a process through which churches and civil society organizations can provide inputs towards this process; A Discussion Document on the “State of Human Rights in Namibia with a focus on selected Socio-Economic Rights” is being finalized. DfSD-ELCRN wants to further enrich this Document with inputs from sister churches and civil society organizations and submit it as a collective to the above-mentioned UN platform.
DfSD-ELCRN therefore kindly invites you to join us for a Half-Day Workshop on Tuesday, 9th February 2021 from 9h00 to 13h00 at the Council of Churches Head Offices in Katutura, Abraham Mashego Street at the Conference Room of Africa Hospitality and Tourism. A link will be provided for participants that would like to join virtually when they confirm participation in the workshop. When confirming participation as indicated below, kindly indicate if you would attend or join virtually.

Location: Windhoek (Council of Churches Head Offices in Katutura, Abraham Mashego Street at the Conference Room of Africa Hospitality and Tourism)
Date: 9 February 2021 (from 9h00 to 13h00)
Opportunity from: Desk for Social Development - Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (DfSD-ELCRN)
Click here to access the full invitation document.