What is TH!NK Namibia
TH!NK Namibia is a national information campaign first launched in 2015 which looks at various key topics in incremental phases. The Campaign serves both targeted groups and individuals as well as the general public with information and educational content relating to key issues including environmental awareness and climate change, water conservation, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest management, renewable energies and sustainable development. The Campaign incorporates a variety of informative materials such as fact sheets, posters/ infographics, videos, and podcasts as well as information-sharing through various online platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, to reach its target groups.
Phase 1 of the Think Namibia Campaign was launched under the Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project. The first phase focused on promoting environmental awareness and information relating to climate change from a broader angle.
The second phase of the campaign, in turn, took a closer look at Namibia’s energy challenges, advocating and raising awareness about renewable energies and resource efficiency. Phase 2 was launched on 8 November 2017 under the Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project. During this phase, the name of the Campaign was officially changed to TH!NK NAMIBIA.
As of 2020, the TH!NK Namibia Campaign entered its third phase, which explores climate-smart agriculture and promotes the establishment of aquaponic-systems in Namibia. Phase 3 is run under the Aquaponics Project.
Also in 2020, the campaign entered its fourth phase. As part of the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) Project – started in October 2020 - TH!NK Namibia has an additional focus on raising awareness about both the concept and benefits of sustainable forest management.
Based on the previous work done in the second phase, THINK Namibia is currently once again focusing on promoting access to renewable energies (phase 5). Through its support to the German-Namibian research project 'Pathway to Renewable Off-Grid Community Energy for Development (PROCEED)', funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the campaign highlights the importance of sustainable and efficient management of so-called mini-grids. These mini-grids can be vital tools in ensuring access for all to green and reliable electricity supply, especially in more remote locations, thereby enhancing local economic growth and people’s livelihoods.