Planning, whether physical or strategic, is directly linked with the socio-economic status of target communities. To be able to plan for people, an in-depth understanding of their social as well as economic well being is needed. At Urban Dynamics Africa, we understand this relationship all too well. To nurture this understanding, we operate at the forefront of socio-economic research. We have successfully completed many studies and research projects related to the field of planning and development. These studies have been conducted on a regional level as well as on a more local or urban level. To highlight one or two showcase projects: we have successfully completed Participatory Poverty Assessments (PPA’s) for 8 of the regions in Namibia. In conducting these studies, dedicated Participatory Research Appraisal (PRA) methods were used to solicit interaction with communities. Research teams stayed in the field with the target communities for a period of up to 8 days to gather qualitative data. Other studies in this regard include an Off-Grid Electrification Master plan for Nampower; Rural Water Supply Master Plans for the Karas -; Hardap-; Omaheke- and Otjizondjupa Regions and a Community Needs Assessment completed for the Municipality of Walvis Bay.
SHOWCASE PROJECT: PARTICIPATORY POVERTY ASSESSMENT FOR THE KAVANGO REGION.
COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS OF KUISEBMOND, WALVIS BAY.