Namibia Institute of Democracy


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Who are we

The NID is governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives of different political backgrounds as well as civil society and the private sector.

Board of Directors

  • Chairperson: Theunis Keulder
  • Vice Chairperson: Naomi Kisting
  • Directors: Mr T. Keulder, Dr. EG Kaiyamo, Prof. K Mchombu, Mr. P Kaapama, Mrs. N Kisting, Naita Hishoono

Through partnerships and coalitions with other institutions and organizations from government, civil society and the private sector who assist in program implementation, the NID has managed to keep its staff component small, leading to a savings of cost which can be utilized for program implementation instead. Such partnerships have also ensured that program objectives have been generally exceeded.

The following full-time staff coordinate and conduct the NID’s programs


Erika BenzErika Benz: Accountant

  • Tel. (264) 61 229117
  • Mobile (264) 81 268 8758
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Erika possesses extensive experience in providing the administrative and accounting function for multi-donor programs in Namibia, as well as in administering small grants programs to CSOs and NGOs, as part of which she assists such organisations to establish and maintain bookkeeping and administrative systems to properly account for grants. Apart from a BComm degree, she holds a Masters in Business Leadership. (MBL) from the University of South Africa Business School (2003).

Where required, the NID appoints short-term experts, project assistants and volunteers on a contract basis to assist with the implementation of programs.

NID Board

Theunis KeulderTheunis Keulder: Chairman

  • Tel: (264) 64 401079
  • Mobile (264) 81 124 1434
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As founder member of the NID in 1991 he has extensive experience in the overall coordination and implementation of projects funded by a variety of donors in Namibia, such as civic education, integrity promotion, anti-corruption, organizational management skills and the administration of small grants to local civil society organizations programs. He has participated internationally in a number of conferences relating to anti-corruption, civic education, civil society development and organizational management and designs and conducts management training programs for a wide range of organizations in Namibia. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa Business School (2000) and a Masters Degree in Communications (1992).

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