The Oshikoto Regional Council within the past five years implemented various projects aimed at uplifting the living standards of the Regional Inhabitants. Equally the Regional Council played a very crucial role in facilitating socio economic programmers and projects for other line Ministries as per their mandate.
Development of settlement areas
The council is busy working on the proclamation of this two settlemnts in order to communicate with the planning and serving projects. Five settlement were declered in the region namely:
4. Oshigambo and ;
5. Onyuulaye Settlement.
Project at settlement areas.
The Council is currently busy implementing the following projects at the settlement areas.
- Construction of sewer reticulation at Onethindi settlement (N$4,3 million)
- Construction of streetlights along B1 amin roand at Onethindi (N$6,7 million)
- The Construction of water sewer infrastructure at Onayena (N$ 4 million)
- Construction oxidation ponds phase 1 at Oshivelo (N$3,5 million)
- Completed the construction of dumping sites at Oshivelo, Onayena and Oniipa/ Onethindi settlements.
Objectives of the Regional Development Profile
The Oshikoto Regional Council completed its Regional Development Profiles in February 2014.
The Profile was formulated following a directives from the National Planning Commission of Namibia that all Regional Councils should formulate development profiles. Oshikoto Regional Council is one of the few regions that have development the profile within the given time frame.This is owing to the enormous commitment from the Regional Stakeholders.
The Main objectives of Oshikoto Region's regional Development profile are:
a) To serve as guideline to decision and policy makers.
b) To serve as source of information to the donor community, civil society and potential investors.
c) To Facilitate, support and inform the planning as well as the budget allocation for implementation of regional development programmes and projects.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT- "ACTIONS, WHICH AIM TO IMPROVE RURAL PEOPLES STANDARD OF LIVING BY PROVIDING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SERVICES AND EMPOWERING THE RURAL PEOPLE TO TAKE CHANCE OF THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT.
1. Micro Finance Scheme
This is a scheme aimed at giving free "grant" to viable new or existing micro/small/medium enterprises in the rural areas. People can apply and once successful, the Regional Council can fund the business in the form of grants. A total of 56 SME have benefited so far from this grant since its inception and a total of N$ 2, 620 has been used.
2. Food or Cash for work Programme
The programme has been running since 1996 aimed at creating short term employment opportunities for able bodied rural communities and in the process create/fix and maintain community infrastructure within the region. Rural communities identify public projects they want to improve or establish and once approved, they will be supplied with materials and in return Council compensate their labour with either food rations or cash payments. Projects that qualify are not limited to the following.
3. Rural Employment Scheme
The Rural Employment Scheme aims to financially support any commercial/economic activity within the rural area of the region as long as it has a potential to grow and create employment and reduce poverty. It's a new intervention that is in operation since 2012/2013 financial year.
4. Regional Specific Action Plan
The Region Specific Food Security and Nutrition Action Plan is a plan that is depicting the people's voice on how they perceive and conceptualize problems and what type of interventions they want to happen in their area. This is a 10 years plan from 2006 - 2015. Through this plan Council is implementing some of these proposed interventions.
5. One Region, One Initiative (OROI)
OROI is another initiative/intervention by council to transform local environments to make them more attractive to local residents, tourists and investors. It's a new concept towards rural development; it aims at natural products/resources. Products that are very unique to the region ought to be identified., add value, promote them and market them to other regions. This can be done through this programme
6. Rural Sanitation
Objectives of the Project
- Improve rural sanitation facilities in the region
- Improve rural hygiene
- Create temporary employment with focus on the youth.
- Create and/or transfer some skills to the youth..