EU Relations with Namibia


EU-Namibia cooperation under the 10th European Development Fund has had an initial budget of EUR 103 million and is centred around two focal sectors:

  • Rural Development
  • and Human Resource Development (Education)


as well as a number of capacity building programmes and projects in the so-called non-focal areas:

  • Governance
  • Public service reform
  • Support to Non-State Actors.


More details can be found in the EU–Namibia Country Strategy Paper for 2008–2013 , signed in December 2007. The initial envelope of the CSP has been topped up by 20 % or € 20.6 million following the Mid-Term Review of the 10th EDF, which will finance inter alia a new programme on maternal health and child mortality.

Other EU assistance to Namibia includes projects funded through thematic facilities and EU budget lines (water, energy and health). Furthermore, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided support through investments (mainly loans) in projects sponsored either by the public or the private sector.

As part of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) constellation, Namibia has initialled, but not signed the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) with the EU. Negotiations towards a full EPA are ongoing.