Shackdwellers Federation

Shackdwellers Federation of Namibia

Project  Overview:

The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), a network of community led housing saving schemes, aims to improve the living conditions of low-income people living in shacks, rented rooms and those without any accommodation, while promoting women’s participation. SDFN has developed an incremental approach to accessing land, adding services and infrastructure and constructing houses.

Savings schemes with 20 400 members throughout the country. Community savings have been used to secure land, and to leverage additional government contributions, enabling the groups to build over 3 488 houses countrywide and secured land for 6 230 families.

700 000 people in Namibia are living in shacks. Estimated 5 people per shacks. Shack dweller has about 730 savings groups which accounts for self-employed, general laborers, people in the formal sector. People who earn less than N$ 4000.00 per month.

Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia is the patron of the Shack Dwellers. The group works closely with the Ministry of Lands, Resettlement and Housing – Hon Minister Shanikwa Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation.


It is the first private-public partnership the Pupkewitz Foundation is part of with Ohorongo Cement, FNB Foundation. 91 houses built for the 2016 financial year: Otavi (17 houses), Omaruru (26 houses), Tsandi (12 houses – completed) Tsumeb (33 houses completed) For 2017 91 houses will be built in the following towns: Katima Mulilo, Otavi , Mariental, Keetmanshoop and Luderitz It is a revolving fund For 2018 another 91 houses will be build


The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Intergrate marginalized communities into mainstream

Human Capital Development

  • Social Progression
  • Basic Education
  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Environment and Climate Change

  • Strengthen Environmental protection
  • Promote environmentally sound investments and production systems.


Economic Progression:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development