Women’s Action for Development (WAD)
Women’s Action for Development (WAD) is a Namibian-based non-profitmaking, non-partisan NGO which has been operational in Namibia since 1994. WAD follows a two-pronged program, namely the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men.
The organisation is mainly sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung since its establishment and is operational in all 14 regions of the country. Other key donors that are presently working with WAD on the empowerment of communities include the European Union; the Swedish Development Agency through Wise Economy Global Association; United Nations Democracy Fund; The Roger Federer Foundation as well as the organization’s Black Economic Empowerment partners, Old Mutual Namibia; Nedbank Namibia; Old Mutual Short-Term Insurance Company; and Bidvest Namibia.
WAD attracts a strong component of unemployed young men and women to its programs through which thousands of other Namibians are empowered and positively motivated and sensitized regarding the importance of self-employment as the answer to unemployment, through the organization’s well-attended events, publications and educative programs.
A particular strength of WAD is that it attracts all community members across party-political, cultural and spiritual barriers because of its non-partisan disposition. The organization believes that people need to be united to fight poverty – which is one of the most profound social problems in Namibian society. WAD strives to complement the Namibian government’s efforts in combating poverty and unemployment as well as to uphold its lofty principles of good governance and the rule of law.