Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management

Transforming the Namibian Public Sector into a developmental and entrepreneurial system.

Welcome To NIPAM

The unprecedented growth that Namibia experienced since Independence has introduced new challenges. These include bottlenecks to transform the country into a knowledge based economy as highlighted by the National Development Plan III. In this regard, the biggest challenge involves the country’s skills base.

As a result, the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) was established by an Act of Parliament, the NIPAM Act 2010 (Act 10 of 2010), and was officially inaugurated on 25 February 2011 by His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, the former President of the Republic of Namibia.

The purpose of NIPAM is to transform the public service in Namibia through improving management, leadership and professional competencies. It also aims to foster a climate of purpose, values and professional traditions amongst public sector employees.

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12 Feb


NIPAM and the Keetmanshoop Municipality have signed a partnership agreement to service 390 residential plots in two of the Keetmanshoop townships, namely Westdene and Krönlein. Keetmanshoop Municipality through expert facilitation by NIPAM are looking at sourcing funding estimated at N$ 60 million from various strategic financial sources to finance the project.
In terms of the partnership, Keetmanshoop Municipality has appointed NIPAM as Project Managers to amongst others to conduct housing market studies, prepare funding proposals and obtain relevant regulatory approvals to ensure the successful implementation of the project.
NIPAM introduced a tailor-made training programme on ‘Project Finance for Regional and Local Authorities’. The programme aims to sensitise the regional councils and local authorities on project finance as a financing alternative mechanism for delivering land servicing and afford­able housing. The local authorities can do this by borrowing money from the financial institutions, on a stan­dalone basis with the financiers relying on future cash flows as the primary source of repayment (cash flows from the sales of serviced land) rather than making use of the Local Authority balance sheet.
According to NIPAM’s Exective Director Ms Maria N. Nangolo, the Keetmanshoop Municipality requested NIPAM for assistance in the development of the feasibility and concept to accelerate servicing of land through project finance.

“This partnership represents a starting point of this initiative and journey which is guided by national interest and respective mandates of the joint institutions. Through this journey, we intent to create and document lessons to be learnt, create case studies which will serve as a blueprint for the future and also as a key contribution to the body of knolwdge in the discipline of public administration”.

Project finance is aimed at assisting public entities (including but not limited to regional and local authorities) with professional and expert support required to ensure due diligence in project establishment as well as in project monitoring and evaluation. The focus is specifically on revenue-generating projects. This partnership is a major milestone, a trendsetter and a pilot project that will set a footprint for the rest of the municipalities and local authorities to follow.

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12 Feb


T – Team Work
A – Agility
P – Positive Mindset
These practices are instrumental in creating shared beliefs, shaping an attractive, high performing culture that is built on trust, teamwork and agility which in turn is an enabler in making NIPAM a great place to work. The guiding principles pointed out are Teamwork, Agility and Positive mindset abbreviated as TAP. We aim to launch the TAP Campaign to reinforce our purpose whilst putting our people at the heart of our business. We understand that our employees are the most valuable asset thus I would like us to embed these principles to ensure alignment and unity.
The objective of TAP is to drive a clear set of ground rules and guiding principles for decision-making, actions and a sense of community in the year 2021. TAP will ensure our people find alignment between their personal values and NIPAMs values creating a unified and motivated workforce. I would like to challenge each staff member to become role-models of these behaviours and set goals/steps/actions that, you, yourself want to take in order to bring these behaviours across more in the way that you operate in your work and team.
TAP behavioural descriptors:

Additionally, this behaviours and attitudes will promote connections, collaboration, new ways of working and doing things differently to promote the value of working together, agility and positive attitudes. In doing so we will need to embed these values into our culture and performance management system.

Drivers to achieve the desired behaviours

  • Action Learning. Successful transformations are driven by leadership, who set the tone for new ways of working and behaving.
  • Team Building Session. Drive and implement team building initiatives that promote collaboration, teamwork, and interaction. Promote virtual team building campaigns.
  • Marketing of NIPAM by all staff members. Establish mechanism to promote NIPAM, this includes incentives for client referrals, social media campaigns and set targets for each employee to bring in at least 1 potential and business
  • Leadership resilience. Set a clear direction and instruction, providing support when it is hard/challenging, affirm belief in staff members.
  • Recognition. Recognise employees who put in the extra in the ordinary, employees who go beyond their normal duties to live our values and bring them to life.
  • A common understanding of NIPAM’s mandate. Clearly articulated the mandate, display the mandate on all notice boards within NIPAM. Launch the I am NIPAM campaign.
  • Proactive in our approach/ setting the agenda. Set the agenda, entrepreneurial mindset, identifying and acting fast on opportunities.

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30 Nov


With the European Union’s N$ 108 million financial and technical assistance towards developing this course, NIPAM together with the National Planning Commission (NPC) launched the monitoring and evaluation short course on 13 November 2020.

NIPAM Vice-Chairperson, Dr. Nashilongo Shivute said, as an institution mandated to transform the public sector, NIPAM is determined to build a public sector human capital that is competent and skilled in their mandate of ensuring Namibia becomes an industrialised nation by 2030. The development of the course was prompted by the identified need to have a practical course talking to the realities in the professional conduct of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) augmented by a balanced theoretical framework to result in a course addressing the needs of our M&E Practitioners. This course is an outcome of the collaboration and spirit of working together between NIPAM, NPC, and the European Union.

NPC Executive Director,

Ms. Welhencia Uiras, said the course is expected to generate awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) theories, practices and instruments and to enhance the current M&E practices across the country and to establish the standardisation of M&E terminologies, approaches, systems and reporting requirements as per integrated National performance Framework.

“Our officials will also be equipped with skills on how to apply M&E tools to their specific workplace interventions. It is, therefore, my hope and belief that this course will serve as a catalyst for producing experts in the field of monitoring and evaluation which is crucial for the implementation of our development programs culminating into the realisation of our goals”.

According to NPC the country is known for producing wonderful plans as well as contributing greatly to the formulation of Regional and Global plans including long-term Plan Vision 2030, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, and Regional as well as Global Development Agendas such as the Africa Agenda 63 as well as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Meanwhile, European Union Delegation Head of Cooperation, Achim Schaffert said with the financial support of about N$ 108 million into the programme for strengthening M&E capacities, all relevant stakeholders will be able to better assess the progress towards the achievement of the expected results. The training will also allow policymakers to take decisions based on evidence, to better understand which processes work best and to identify SMART objectives.
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