Improving the transport, mobility and logistic sectors

Project description

Title: Transport, Mobility and Logistics
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Namibia
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT)
Overall term: 2016 to 2021


The transport sector is of great importance for the Namibian economy. It is a basis for sustainable development, enables access to employment, markets and social services, facilitates connectivity, and ensures mobility of the population and transportation of goods. 
A core challenge in the transport sector is the high demand for qualified experts in the ministries and affiliated public authorities, the private and tertiary sector. Due to the lack of capacity, state actors are limited in their ability to manage the sector and implement important sector strategies and policies. Further, transport services, especially public and non-motorised transport, are insufficiently developed, do not meet current and future demand and are often, if available, in poor condition. 


Service delivery by state actors operating in the transport, mobility and logistics sector has improved in terms of quality and quantity.


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) offers its technical support through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to the Namibian Government to develop the transport sector sustainably. 

Starting in early 2004, GIZ has assisted the relevant Namibian institutions in achieving Namibia’s goals spelled out in its Vision 2030 and its National Development Plans. As the third phase of this project, it is working on four areas to improve the service delivery by state actors operating in the transport, mobility and logistics sector in terms of quality and quantity. This is done in four outputs:

Output A: Governance in the transport, mobility and logistics sector 
The focus is on supporting the Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) and other transport institutions in their efforts to efficiently manage, plan, monitor and regulate the transport sector. Among others, GIZ advises the Ministry in the field of transport policy, performance monitoring of the state-owned enterprises and supports the human-capacity and organisational development through trainings and the provision of international consultancies. 

Output B: Urban and regional transport systems in Windhoek and the Northern Regions
Based on the developed Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan for Windhoek (SUTMP) and the Sustainable Transport Master Plan for the Northern Regions (T4P), public and non-motorised transport systems shall be developed to ensure accessibility, connectivity and mobility for Namibia’s population.

The MoveWindhoek, project implements the new bus network and non-motorised transport infrastructure and services for Namibia’s capital. 

Besides the implementation of measures from the Master Plans, the partners are supported in developing sustainable financing and monitoring mechanisms and strengthening capacities within the institutions. 

Output C: Implementation of an International Logistics Hub 
Namibia wants to serve as a Logistics Hub for the SADC region. Building upon the Master Plan for Development of an International Logistics Hub for SADC countries in the Republic of Namibia, GIZ supports in the setting-up of an implementation unit and provides capacity development for the implementation of the master plan. Further strategic marketing activities will promote Namibia as a logistics hub in the region and attract investors. 
The implementation unit and the Master Plan are strongly linked to the National Development Plan, which states Logistics as a core aspect for economic development and prosperity for Namibia. 

Output D: Academic performance in civil engineering
Addressing the lack of adequately trained civil engineers, GIZ, in cooperation with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), has sought to improve the lecturing and research quality at both institutions. 

Both Namibian universities have been assisted in their development and implementation of Bachelor and Master programmes, in the implementation of a PhD programme, in the purchase of equipment for research facilities as well as laboratory accreditation processes.

The cooperation aims at increasing the numbers of qualified civil engineers and lecturers, enhancing research capacities, and strengthening the overall performance of the academic sector.


In cooperation with MWT, the project has produced a transport sector plan that provides a modern policy framework for the transport sector as a whole, covering all kinds of transport and overarching topics. The Namibian Transport Policy was approved by the Namibian Cabinet in 2018.

The project played a crucial role in the development of the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan (SUTMP) for the City of Windhoek. The SUTMP won an award from the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and received an honourable mention in the Sustainable Transport Awards 2017. Since early 2016, the City of Windhoek has been running 26 modern local buses on a new bus network within the city, and new lines were added in mid-2016. In the area of non-motorised mobility; the partners have developed and finalised a non-motorised strategy for the City of Windhoek which has been approved by the City of Windhoek Council. As a second pilot, a Sustainable Transport Master Plan for the central northern regions has been approved by the Namibian Cabinet in 2019.

Within the two years of supporting the WBCG and MWT with the implementation of the Logistics master plan, an institutional framework has been established. In addition to this framework the project has supported the responsible organisations to create working groups and in various strategic projects. Moreover, the first ever State of Logistics report that has been rolled-out for Namibia, which is a great accomplishment. 

The University of Namibia and the Namibian University of Science and Technology have developed Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in civil engineering, which have now been accredited.