Government of the Republic of Namibia Civic Organisations Partnership Policy. Office of the President, National Planning Commission

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In 1999, the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) undertook a National Capacity Building Assessment to determine the current status and availability of human, material, and institutional resources for fulfilling the country's national and socio-economic development objectives. Within the context of civil society, the study observed that the policy, legislative and institutional frameworks within which Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operate are not adequately defined. Moreover, Government and NGOs collaboration has been somewhat ineffective, being limited to just a few organisations. This may be due to the lack of clear guidelines on partnership, and because NGOs and civil society in general remain weak and divided, and have seldom been able to present a common front on issues affecting them.

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