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Constrained public finances

28 July 2020 | Economics

In order to reverse the vicious cycle of inequality, the support of the social stakeholders must be enlisted. Salomon April, Hardap governor.

Hardap governor Salomon April said it is the responsibility of each Namibian to build a new nation in its true sense, to confront the injustices of the past to rectify the inequalities of the present.

April speaking during his maiden state of the region at the Persianer hall in Mariental said, all Namibians are aware that public finances are constrained, and therefore limit the ability of government to fully expand its investment in economic and social development.

He said the advancement of human development should not solely be determined by financial factors.

“Through social entrepreneurship and transformational leadership, we can address the hopes and fears of our people. Moving forward to accelerate development in the Hardap region, my office will work closely with the Hardap regional council, all the line ministries, and civil society organisations to ensure that development is translated into positive change in people’s lives,” April said.

April referred to transformational development which involves more than just economic factors and added community welfare must consider spiritual, cultural, social, and economic well-being.

“In order to reverse the vicious cycle of inequality, the support of the social stakeholders must be enlisted.

In this connection, what is important is the inclusion of stakeholders that are supportive of poverty eradication, such as grassroots religious associations, philanthropic organisations, social communicators, solidarity foundations, and non-governmental organizations as well as community-based organizations,” he said.

Coordination

For this to happen, April said, his office will set up an advisory council which will serve as the heartbeat and professional and intellectual stimulant, in order to ensure that Hardap people regain their dignity and claim their rightful stake in the abundant human, natural and physical resources of our region.

“This advisory council will be chaired by myself so that we can fast track key development interventions.

I also believe that participatory planning is the bases for sustainable development and we want to ensure that there is greater accountability and transparency in the development process, by setting clear targets, and by involving the very people who are affected by development in the process,” April noted.

He said cross sectoral coordination across the region should strengthen the region’s capacity to take over decentralised functions and improve governance and accountability at all levels.

“It is therefore the aim of my office to continue exploring community-based planning, emphasising the involvement of the local community from the very beginning of the strategic and management processes of planning,” April concluded. - Nampa