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HPPII Q1 report shows a fine balancing act

2021-08-06  Edgar Brandt

HPPII Q1 report shows a fine balancing act

President Hage Geingob on Tuesday launched the first quarter (Q1) report of the Harambee Prosperity Plan II (HPPII), which conveyed an implementation rate of 90.4%. HPPII, covering the period 2021 to 2025, was launched on 18 March 2021, and builds on the foundation of the inaugural HPPI, which ran from 2016 to 2020. The HPPII’s Q1 ran from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

HPPII continues to prioritise the implementation of targeted policy programmes to enhance service delivery, contribute to economic recovery, and engender inclusive growth. The action plan aims to ensure that Namibia is poised to respond to domestic socio-economic challenges and global opportunities, during and after Covid-19. 

The Q1 report states that in response to the pandemic, Government is executing a fine balancing act of managing the risk of the spread of the disease to safeguard Namibian lives, while mitigating the worst impacts on the economy. 

The HPPII programme consists of a collection of projects to be managed as a group in order to achieve economies of scale, conformity to standards and integration into existing frameworks, institutional arrangements and platforms. 

In this regard, HPPII’s Monitoring & Evaluation function is aligned to the principles of the Integrated National Performance Framework, and requires tight integration to the efforts of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). 

Meanwhile, HPPII’s Performance Delivery Unit (PDU) is tasked to develop a holistic operating manual, also known as a Project Management Plan, as well as stakeholder mapping and a communications strategy. 

The report noted that the PDU has engaged key stakeholders, and developed project teams and project charters during Q1. 

“Following the approval of the project charters, the project teams will develop 18 project baselines (project management plans). These project implementation plans will highlight the scope of the goals, the respective detailed schedules, associated risks, project budgets, resources and stakeholder mapping. The plans will also highlight the quality plan for each of the activities, the communication strategy, and the procurement plan for each of the plans. The PDU will integrate the various knowledge areas to ensure that a holistic project management approach is adopted for all the projects and programmes in the HPPII,” reads the Q1 report. 

The respective implementation roadmaps are expected to communicate to Namibians how Government intends to meet the respective targets and goals identified in the HPPII. “Given that these project management plans are project baselines, they allow for efficient monitoring and evaluation,” the report states. 

HPPII Q1 Highlights: 

N$670 million: Namibia is in the process of finalising a 40 million Euro grant with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from Germany. The funding will support the development of a Green Hydrogen Industry, as highlighted in the Economic Advancement Pillar. Preliminary uses of the funding include green hydrogen bursaries, feasibility studies, and the development of Pilot Plants. 

N$15 million: Covid Readiness Response (CRR) and General Readiness Response (GRR) applications for Green and Blue Economy Projects were developed, prepared and submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in June 2021. These look to unlock over N$15 million to develop a portfolio of Green & Blue Economy projects, as per the HPPII Economic Advancement Pillar. 

5GW Feasibilities: Namibia is in the process of developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of renewable energy in the //Karas region. The proposed RFP was launched this week, and looks to attract investment that will generate 5GW of Wind Energy by 2025. A dedicated website for the Harambee Prosperity Plan II has been developed. On the HPPII website, various updates on all progress will be uploaded. Namibians have the option of registering on the website to receive HPPII updates via email as they are uploaded every month. The Ministry of Finance launched the 6th PPP conference as per the Economic Advancement Pillar. A website was developed for the PPP conference, and over 500 people attended. Namibia’s PPP Pipeline was launched, and the first TA2 Project was also launched at the conference.

N$870 million: Namibia is in the process of finalising a 50 million Euro grant with the Taru Group from Germany. The funding will support the professionalisation of sports, as detailed in the Social Progression Pillar. Preliminary uses of the funding include developing sports facilities across the country, and the transfers of players to Germany. 

Performance Delivery Unit: The Presidency established a Performance Delivery Unit (PDU) as highlighted in the M&E chapter of HPPII. The PDU has engaged over 200 stakeholders in Q1, and is supporting Public Entities to develop Project Management Plans that demonstrate the Implementation Plan for the 18 Goals in the HPPII. 18 Project Teams have been developed, and the respective Project Management Plans are expected to be uploaded on the website in September 2021.

2021-08-06  Edgar Brandt

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