Namibia - Namibia Water Sector Support Program (NWSSP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 11 Mar 2020
Signature Date 30 Jun 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 80,346,703.89
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Namibia Water Sector Support Program (NWSSP) will contribute to the goals of the Government’s Vision 2030, National Development Plan 5 (NDP5) and its Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP 2016- 2020). The Government of Namibia’s Vision 2030 and its NDP 5 (2017-2022) focus on improving the quality of life of the people of Namibia to the level of their counterparts in the developed world. The past few years have seen Namibia struggle with a national water crisis where the country is experiencing one of the worst droughts in 50 years. The 2018/19 rainy season, being one of the driest since 1981 in central and western parts of the region and the majority of the country only received 50% or less of average seasonal rainfall, which affected both rural and urban communities. The Program will address the needs of a critical sector that contributes to economic and social growth. The WSSP is designed to cover critical, urgent water supply infrastructure development and sanitation activities prioritised from various studies by the Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) supporting the Cabinet Committee on water established by Presidential order. It will address major infrastructure bottlenecks in the water sector. The program is to be implemented over 60 months beginning in January 2020 at a cost of ZAR 3.3 billion. The main expected outcomes include: (i) increased and sustained access to improved water supply, (ii) increased access to improved sanitation in rural areas and (iii) improved institutional capacity, sustainable management and utilization of water resources.

Project Objectives

The Program Development Objective is to have sustainable production and transfer of water resources resulting in improved access, quality and security to safe drinking water for human consumption and for industrial use in the urban and rural centres in the Central, Northern Central Area and Eastern Areas of the country. This will be achieved by investing in water and sanitation infrastructure, which will lead to improved health and livelihoods of the population of Namibia.


At completion in 2024, interventions will have overall benefits Country-wide with improved water security, water supply and sanitation to about 1 million direct beneficiaries and 250,000 indirect beneficiaries, majority (> 50%) of whom are women. The program will benefit mainly the urban and rural populations of Namibia in Ohangwena, Kavango West, Kavango East, Oshikoto, Zambezi, Khomas, Oshana, Omaheke, Omusati regions and other areas requiring urgent attention, particularly those facing the worst effects of droughts and floods. Rural residents will gain better health from improved environmental and sanitary conditions. Special focus will be given to vulnerable households within the program areas for improved sanitation facilities. There will also be benefits from employment/livelihood opportunities generated by the program, empowerment of women and youth groups for possible business along the water and sanitation value chain i.e artisans trained to construct sanitation facilities. This will contribute towards improving the quality of lives of the beneficiary population, and avail water for agriculture (meeting Bank’s High Five).

Participating Organization

Rural Water Supply & Sanitation
Government of Namibia
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-NA-E00-005
Last Update 01 Apr 2023


Contact Details

Name Herbert Mugwagwa CHINOKORO

Geographic Location

Country Namibia
Coordinates Location Name
-21.83333 20.75 Otjombinde
-17.91667 15.95 Ondangwa
-17.5 24.26667 Katima Mulilo Airport
-17.43333 14.35 Ruacana
-17.8 23.38333 Kongola
-17.78833 15.70436 Oshakati