The Erongo Development Foundation (EDF) was registered in 1996 at the Master of High Court as a company not for gain and officially launched by late Hon. Daniel Tjongarero. The rationale behind the establishment of EDF was to create an efficient conduit for channelling donor funding to address poverty in Erongo Region.
The EDF promotes and facilitates actions, programmes and objects that will foster equitable and sustainable development in the Erongo Region. The primary goal of the EDF is to advance funding to projects that have quantifiable social, cultural and economic benefits to residents and communities in Erongo Region. The key characteristic of EDF is the nurturing of a caring society (ubuntu) by facilitating investments in socio-economic projects.
The following key objectives are associated with the EDF:
• To facilitate financial resources, technical assistance and other means of support from donor agencies to community members and organisations involved in poverty alleviation efforts;
• To build partnerships with other developmental agencies and the private sector in order to identify and redress social and economic imbalances.
The EDF aims to build partnerships with other developmental agencies and the private sector in order to identify and redress social and economic imbalances, and therefore is in constant contact with the local industry to solicit support for local funding in order to ensure program sustainability.
NUA has supported EDF for many years and provides secretarial services to EDF. Channelling corporate social responsibility projects through the EDF ensures the members of NUA that their funds are well spent in order to address the needs of the local communities.