NIPAM staff members recently gathered in order to have an institutional prayer session. This prayer session came from the need to strengthen staff morale during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country. NIPAM as an institution prides itself on the wellbeing of all its staff members which is why initiatives like the prayer session and many others are organized to promote the mental health of all staff members. The need for intervention was made more pertinent as many of the NIPAM staff like the majority of Namibians have personally felt the effects of Covid-19 in their personal lives. NIPAM Executive Director Ms Maria Ndatiwelao Nangolo had a few choice words to say to the staff at the prayer session by encouraging them to keep working hard as they have been and informed staff to keep prayer in their toolkit going forward into the new normal. The prayer session was conducted outside in the open parking area with social distancing maintained to maintain safety. Staff members expressed great appreciation for the initiative and thanked management for organizing it. NIPAM staff initiatives in addition to prayer sessions include a social club that collects money internally in order to fund financial contributions to staff members in the form of institutional donations in case of personal loss of loved one’s or care packages to help staff members through difficult times.
With the aim to keep Chief Executive Officers of Public Enterprises abreast with Government’s latest developmental plans, Presidential Advisors presented the Harambee Prosperity Plan II (HPPII 2021-2025) to members of the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officers’ Forum in Windhoek recently.As presented, the HPPII consists of mainly five key pillars with each pillar having specific goals that the Public Enterprises in collaboration with the private sector should seek to achieve. These pillars are namely: 1) Effective Governance, 2) Economic Advancement, 3) Social Progression, 4) Infrastructure Development and 5) International Relations. These were presented by Presidential Press Secretary Dr Alfredo Hengari, Presidential Advisor on Constitutional Affairs and Private Sector Interface Ms Inge Zaamwani, Youth Matters and Enterprise Development Advisor Ms Daisry Mathias and Economic Advisor Mr James Mnyupe.Speaking on the Economic Advancement pillar, Ms Daisry Mathias mentioned that there is emerging interest in Namibia’s potential to become a green hydrogen producer and this can have a trickling down effect on the agricultural sector in particular with the creation of ammonia-based fertilizers and subsequent job creation. She further elaborated on the Social Progression pillar of HPPII stating that increased land delivery and housing for Namibians are a key focus point for the nation’s leadership, as this will go a long way in addressing social issues facing many Namibians.At the same occasion, Press Secretary Dr Alfredo Hengari also cited the importance of International Relations and how it relates to the overall development of the nation, and the role it plays in HPPII. He stated that Namibia generally has a smaller footprint internationally, compared to South Africa with a far greater footprint continentally. He attributed this to the difference in the scale of the economies between the two countries. In addition, Dr Hengari also emphasized that Namibia should learn from other countries and cited the rise of Singapore as an example that should be emulated. He added that plans are underway to address the classification of Namibia as a middle-income country, which he says has been a hindrance for Namibia in getting aid and loans as the current classification does not avail to the country.In conclusion, public enterprises were advised to integrate HPPII into their strategies going forward in order ensure the overall success of Government’s agenda towards economic recovery and inclusive growth for the country over the next five years.MARIA N. NANGOLOSPOKESPERSON
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.
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.
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.
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. PROFILE 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.
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).
The 14 October 2020 was World Standards Day and according to an official joint statement by the ISO, the International Telecommunication Union (ICT) and the International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC) the theme was chosen to bring the world to attention on the impact that Human activity is having on the planet in terms of Green-House gas emissions as well as damage caused by Human activity in Nature. To NIPAM, as a Government of Namibia’s appointed agency to deliver capacity development to the Namibian public sector, we cannot deliver to the satisfaction of entire public service capacity needs, without guidance and adherence to a set of guidelines or standards that are accepted worldwide. The standards will help NIPAM to hold its workforce and teams responsible and accountable. The practice of aligning capacity development to standards also helps ensure that a higher level of skills investment is attained. Standards will also essentially help and guide NIPAM in the planning, implementation, and assessment of the entire strategy and service delivery. The use of standards to streamline our capacity development interventions will ensure that NIPAM’s practices deliberately focus on agreed upon targets. Teachers follow standards-based instruction to ensure that their students meet the demands targeted.
NIPAM held a Mental Health Seminar on 22 October 2020 to raise awareness on Mental Health Issues and its effects amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The seminar was hosted to help in establishing an advocacy platform for various institutions, scholars and individuals to share their views and commentary on many topics emerging from the discourse current and past trending in Namibia, regionally and the globe. According to NIPAM’s Executive Director, Ms Maria N. Nangolo, the objective is not only educating the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. “Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and job stress are common, affecting individuals, their families and co-workers, and the broader community. In addition, they have a direct impact on workplaces through increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, and increased costs. You will also realise that very few Namibians seek treatment for their mental disorders. Therefore, it is part of our goal to promote the fact that Mental illness can be treated even at your nearest clinic, besides hospital or specialised healthcare providers”. Mental Health Activist and Miss Namibia 2018, Selma Kamanya asserted that it is important to sensitise the Namibian community that mental health illness is a reality and an extremely dangerous enemy to our social well-being. “We want to let our people know the importance of recognising the people living with mental health challenges so that they feel and know that they are not alone”.Ms. Kamanya further added that it will be in the best interest of our Namibian community if all our institutions and organisations at large were committed to support those fellow workers and individuals who are struggling with mental health illness. An important part of ensuring wellbeing is the assurance that all Namibians, regardless of their culture, are aware of and are able to access the help and services they need especially supported by institutions who have employed them. The seminar which was successfully attended by close to 40 people from the public and private sectors unpacked the common and uncommon causes of mental health problems and mental health as a result of complex interplay between biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors.
NIPAM is hosting a Mental Health Seminar on the 22nd of October 2020.The seminar will be held at NIPAM campus in Windhoek, Paul Nash street, Olympia. The seminar is open for anyone to attend and is aimed at raising awareness on mental health and the effects during Covid-19. Other topics to be discussed by experienced speakers are, Wellness programmes and Mental health of employees and how they can cope in these current times of Covid-19. Follow this link to rsvp to this event https://nipammentalhealthseminar.app.rsvpify.com