Several people have asked us, as Geospatial for Africa to document the kind of technologies being used and implemented in different countries across the continent of Africa. This is mostly for purposes of bench-marking and possible collaborations.
The implementation of Geospatial Engineering and Space Technologies requires a very strong sense of technical and financial muscle. You can not ‘bulshit’ your way through the Implementation of these technologies. Otherwise you will be selling short both yourself and the clients that you are providing these services to.
In addition, all the best practices that have been developed over the years within this industry have to be adhered to, to the letter. Otherwise, it would easily strain your credibility in this industry and the result being clients not comfortable on recommending any aspect of your work to others.s they say, your work will always speak for yourself without even needing any advertisement if you are doing excellent work.
With that being said, we shall focus on documenting the countries here in with the hope that this leads to lots of insights on who is doing what in which country. Our hope is that this leads to collaborations and business deals across the continent hence promoting regional and continental trade across the Board and sharing of ideas for better economic development in this region.
Our First country today is Namibia. What are they doing and how have they achieved their autonomy in this sector? what more needs to be done to be where they need to be?
Namibia is located in the Southern part of Africa.
As far as the use of the Geospatial technologies goes, it is not one to be left behind even when the resources in their use of Geospatial Technology portfolio is strained. Namibia has recognized the fact that there is huge need for the skills in the Geospatial Sector and are putting all the measures possible to achieve that.The required technical individuals that have the know how on how to use the Geospatial Data to make decisions is still lacking. However, the fact that the ministries are seeing the need for it is evident that these technologies are starting to evolve in a simple way that is being understood by every other individual that is not not in the Industry.This is mostly due to the fact that the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management is encouraging most countries to take the initiative of capitalizing on the use of Geospatial Data for better for efficient governance, decision making and overall, in achieving the sustainable development Goals(SDGs).
There is therefore a lot that needs to go into capacity building and skills development for Namibia to be able to maximize fully their potential of resources in the country.In addition to that, the already existing institutions that are already employing the use of Geospatial Technologies are a good head start. More on that Collaborations and continental backed support can be found on this Link.
Besides the regional collaboration, Namibia has been on the fore front and a champion of its own in utilizing and stretching these Technologies and resources as much as they can.This is seen from the actions of the Ministry of Land in seeing to it that Geospatial Technologies are utilized in effecting land reforms in the Country. Land reforms leads to transparency on how land transactions are carried out as well as an easy way to collect taxes without having defaulters.This therefore benefits both the citizens and the government hence overall growth of the countries economic development.A lot more of what the Ministry of Land and reforms is doing can be found on this Link.
In addition,Namibia is also in the process of establishing its National Spatial Data Infrastructure(SDI) a process if well implemented and successful, will lead the country into reaping the benefits of a lifetime.
A spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is a data infrastructure implementing a framework of geographic data, metadata, users and tools that are interactively connected in order to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way. Another definition is “the technology, policies, standards, human resources, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve spatial data”–Wikipedia.
Like any other African country, Namibia is making strides as a nation to ensure that its citizens have access to better services and service delivery.They are by all means trying their best to employ the means of Geospatial Technologies to achieve this. This has been a great insight so far and yet still not exhaustive…Please add more on the comment section if you have any exciting News about what Namibia is working on to better manage its resources. Looking forward to the Next country….. Thanks for reading
By: Makario Sylvia