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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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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13 Nov

NIPAM’s Learning Resource Centre

NIPAM’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides additional resource materials to support NIPAM’s operational research, capacity building, and consultancy programmes.
As expounded by NIPAM’s Manager for Library Services, Ms. Sylvia Katjepunda, NIPAM’s library services are an extension of the programmes that are provided to clients especially those from the public sector – OMA’s Regional Councils, Local Authorities, Public Enterprises without excluding the private sector.
NIPAM’s LRC was established to support the mandate of NIPAM by providing public sector employees with additional resource materials when attending training programmes, developing their strategic plans, and when conducting research programmes. An E-library policy was developed to pave way for online services which are in the process of being established. This year the LRC introduced knowledge management initiative as a strategy to optimise the use of various information and knowledge resources within NIPAM.
The Library officials are preparing themselves to participate in the upcoming Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) scheduled for early 2021.
SCECSAL is a regional forum for library and information associations in Africa. Membership to SCECSAL is open to national library and information associations from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ms. Sylvia Katjepunda
Manager: Library Services

Sylvia .K. Katjepunda is an experienced professional Librarian with more than ten years of experience in information management drawn from both academic and industry environment Katjepunda is dedicated to serving the Namibian community by providing assistance in information retrieval and research techniques. She is also one of the active members of the Namibia Information Workers Association who has written and presented several articles and papers on Libraries and information management in Namibia. She obtained a Master of Management at Southern Business School. In addition to that, she holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development from University of Stellenbosch, Bachelor of Information Science (Hons) from University of Pretoria, and a Bachelor of Art (Library Studies) University of Namibia.
As part of professional development, she has pursued and obtained a Diploma in Neuro–Linguistic Programming and Life Coaching with School of life (South Africa). Her research interests are women empowerment, leadership development, knowledge management, information management, ICT for development, and human resources development.
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13 Nov


The Namibia Institute of Public Administrations and Management (NIPAM) and the Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE) conducted a Board Induction Training Programme for newly appointed Public Enterprises - Board of Directors on 29 – 30 October 2020.
Boards are critical institutions in the governance structure of Public Enterprises (PE) and their performance and success depend to a greater extent on the quality of the Board, hence as a training institute, NIPAM is dedicated to ensuring that our training and capacity building philosophy and product offering is quality assured and meets industry practice, moreover that it is current, pragmatic and relevant.
NIPAM Executive Director, Ms Maria N. Nangolo said while board members already possess sufficient knowledge, experience and expertise at the time of appointment, Ms Nangolo stressed upon the philosophy of continuous learning throughout one’s life cycle. “Our experiences of the world including interactions with others aids learning, and this platform intends to add to the body of knowledge that already exists and to especially strengthen, the softer issues which is as important as the legislation and by laws, such as strategic leadership, boardroom etiquette and relationship management”.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Ministry of Public Enterprises, Ms Annascy Mwanyangapo said, with this induction training the Ministry wants to ensure that once appointed, the Board members are afforded an opportunity to learn and clearly understand what their roles and duties are, individually and collectively; what the expectations of the Public Enterprises Shareholders and the general public are; what support instruments are at their disposal in the execution of their duties; and that they are to be held accountable for the success or failure of the enterprises they are appointed to govern.
Seven boards participated in the induction training, namely Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco), Namibia Industrial Development Agency (Nida), National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), New Era Publications Corporation, Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) and Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower).
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