Mission start 2018
Impacted population 8 000

Lifting families out of extreme poverty and curb gender-based violence 


Namibia is classified as a middle-income country, but its per capita income is one of the most unequal in the world, with 55% of global income for 10% of the total population. The country has a population of more than 2.6 million people; 43% of them are under 15 years old. Namibia’s political stability and good economic management have helped it reduce poverty.

However, this has not been accompanied by job creation, and the socio-economic inequalities inherited from the years of the apartheid persist, despite generous public spending on social programs. 30% of the labour force is unemployed. Women and young people are most affected, with unemployment rates of 33% and 53% respectively (for 20-24 year olds).

Like many countries, Namibia struggles to respond to cases of violence against women and children due to a lack of trained workers, inappropriate response strategies, and a lack of community knowledge about human rights. The situation of women and children is worse in informal settlements where protection services are not accessible at all.

FXB in action

FXB launched its first Economic and Community Development FXBVillage Program in April 2018, in partnership with Hope Initiatives SA Namibia (HISA Namibia), a local nongovernmental organization, in a slum near Windhoek, Tobias Hainyeko’s constituency within the Kilimanjaro community. A complementary project to curb gender-based violence and protect women and children was launched in 2020. A second FXBVillage Program has started in 2021. 

In informal slums, access to property, basic services, education, health, social services, transport, or other public services is extremely limited or largely unavailable. Security, gender-based violence, unemployment and lack of capital to start small businesses are major concerns. In addition, development activities are scarce due to the lack of nongovernmental organizations and development agencies willing to settle in an unsafe location.

National authorities do not often have the necessary information on vulnerable communities such as migrants and thus, do not integrate them into urban planning. As a result, the people living in these communities face multiple challenges such as malnutrition, exploitation and unsanitary housing conditions. Limited access to services such as education, health and social protection further increases their vulnerability.

Our ongoing programs

Namibia’s poorest people face a variety of complex challenges. It would be a mistake to address only the issue of income! Partial aid, which only addresses one cause of poverty, is not a sufficient solution to overcome it.

Thus, our Economic and Community Development model FXBVillage allows us to provide, in three years, a comprehensive response to the root causes of poverty by simultaneously acting on its predominant factors.

It is also about fighting gender-based violence or discrimination and balancing gender relations so that women, who are more exposed to poverty, have access to the same economic and social opportunities.

Our work in Namibia would not be possible without the support and trust of our partners: the Liselotte Foundation,  the European Commission and the Raja-Danièle Marcovici Foundation. 


Thanks to the income generated through my collective economic activities and my personal workshop, I managed to save enough money to invest in a new business: my own clothing store.

Selma from the FXBVillage program

Mission impact

From 2018 to 2021, 100 families in the Kilimanjaro community have moved from their miserable conditions to a more dignified life in three years. The final evaluation showed a significant positive impact on the lives and economic, educational, health, and social status of the 525 children and adults who have been accompanied for three years. 

As these 100 families graduated from the program, FXB and HISA welcomed 100 new households as we secured a new round of funding to continue implementing the VillageFXB poverty reduction model. Lessons learned from the pilot program were used to further adapt the intervention to the local context, including income-generating activities, access to education for children, and beneficiary group dynamics.

In order to create a lasting impact and bring about behavioural change, FXB organizes numerous sessions for communities. Family planning, the importance of education, hygiene, health, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, violence against women, children’s rights and environmental protection are among the themes that are addressed to enrich the skills and develop the resilience of nearly 2,000 members of the Kilimanjaro community.

In addition, our program to curb gender-based violence targets 4,650 women and girls, men and boys, and community leaders in 3 informal settlements of Khomas and Otjizonjupa is ongoing.

A glimpse of FXB Program Manager field mission – 2022