Evaluation of: The HIZETJITWA Indigenous Peoples’ Organization (HIPO) Namibia
The HIZETJITWA Indigenous Peoples’ Organization (HIPO) is a formally authorized member organization launched in 2007 and aimed at promoting the rights and improving the life quality and wellbeing of the member peoples of the Himba, Zemba, Tjimba and Twa (HIZETJITWA) communities in the northwest of Namibia and the southwest of Angola. The HIPO initiative is based on a Constitution setting out its objectives. The strength of HIPO lies in the fact that it is a member organisation through which local opinions are expressed. On this basis HIPO has made significant progress in the direction of becoming a credible spokesperson for its peoples. The Namibia Association of Norway (NAMAS) supports HIPO with funding from the Norwegian Government (Norad). In the period 2008-11 the Project benefited from NOK 4.9 million, of which about NOK 3 million were direct transfers to HIPO’s budget. Norwegian funding is also secured for the coming three years. In 2011 HIPO received funding from the Embassy of Finland with NAM$ 0.34 million, otherwise NAMAS has remained the only funding source of importance.