Compass Informatics and its principal SDI expert, Roger Longhorn, was selected by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) to provide guidance to the Committee for Spatial Data (CSD) in developing the 5-year NSDI Strategy and Action Plan for Namibia. This followed an open public call for proposals.
The work began with a visit by the consultant to NSA and several government ministries holding key geospatial data, in Namibia, for fact finding and interaction with the CSD and members of the NSDI Secretariat based at NSA. During this period, our lead consultant, Roger Longhorn, participated in a full-day NSDI workshop attended by members of local and national government, NGOs, private industry, and academia – all key stakeholders in implementing and using the NSDI. He also led a 2-day workshop during which the initial draft of the Strategy was discussed with members of the CSD and NSDI Secretariat and delivered a well-attended public lecture on NSDI at the Polytechnic of Namibia. A link was established with the Namibian Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which is leading implementation of the Namibian e-Government Strategy, 2014-2017, to ensure close cooperation in both policy and technical areas. The final Strategy was approved by the Minister of Economic Planning and presented to Cabinet.
The study provided Compass Informatics with a great opportunity to build on its extensive SDI work over the past fifteen years, and to build on the work we are doing in southern Africa. We are hugely appreciative of the opportunity provided by the Namibia Statistics Agency and the professionalism of the team we have worked with. We received thanks from the NSA for ‘a job well-done’. With this strategic plan, Namibia moved a step further from other SADC countries in the implementation of a nationwide soft infrastructure of quality spatial data.