Public Outreach


We run a public outreach programme in order to explore the land and housing question within various publics.

The public outreach programme is conceived as an inseparable component of research effort and aims at:

a) embed research efforts in the everyday lives of various constituencies,
b) enrich the research programme with inputs from a wider engagement with different publics, and
c) democratize the production of academic and specialized knowledge and making it useful knowledge which aims at being relevant and instrumental for ordinary inhabitants.

We will do this in close collaboration with partners and key stakeholders, as well as remain open to initiatives from interested parties. 

Please check our Facebook page for the most recent events as well as our Publications section for the documentation of previous events.

Throughout 2016 we ran a series of monthly updates including ILMI Events and news in Namibia related to the 'Land, livelihoods and housing' theme. As from 2017, our colleagues from Development Workshop Namibia (see about DW here) started a 'Media Monitoring on Urban Development in Namibia'; to receive these, please write an email directly to Dr Weber.

For ILMI events, please follow us on social media. You can see the archive of our monthly updates here: 2016 January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August / September / October/ November-December (End of year) / January-February 2017 (Urban Forum)


04 October 2017 "Windhoek Business Atlas: Inslight, Activites and Benefits", Eric Yankson (See presentation here)

19 September 2017 '"Participatory chiefs and nepotistic democrats: Behavioral economic evidence from Ohangwena Region", by Bjoern Vollan.(See presentation here)

22 June 2017 'Urban infill housing opportunities in Windhoek , by Phillip Luhl. (See presentation here)

15 June 2017, Launch of Research Report on "Leashold as a Vehicle for Economic Development: A Case Study of Small-Scale Farmers in Namibia's Oshikoto Region" and Policy Brief in Windhoek at the Legal Assistance Centre, by Wolfgang Werner and Charl-Thom Bayer (See news report here or here)

14 June 2017, 'Gaining control over informal setlement expansion: providing affordable land to the urban poor, by Dr Bert Weber (See presentation here)

31 May 2017 'Land, livelihoods and housing' Programme: update and outlook, by Guillermo Delgado. (See presentation here)

24 May 2017 Mexico City Housing by HGR Arquitectos. (See presentation here)

27-28 February 2017 URBAN FORUM See event's website:

17 October 2016 Planned layouts v. 'planning for slums': the case of Rehoboth Ext. 5 & 6 by Louis Esterhuizen. A talk illustrating the benefits of a planned layout for informal settlement development. (See documentation of the event here)

13 October 2016 Space, place and belonging: Informal trading in and around Congolenses market, Luanda, Angola by Martin Mendelsohn. (See photos of the event here)

29 August 2016. Issues in agrarian reform and food sovereignty in Zimbabwe. Speakers: Jos Martens, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, South Africa; Clinton Swartbooi, Deputy Minister of Land Reform; and Prof. Wolfgang Werner, Department of Land and Property Sciences. (See photos of the event here)

24 August [Presentation] & 30 August [Debriefing] 2016. The leisure economy of Katutura: a research exploration by Tiresh Govender (UrbanWorks, Johannesburg) and Andrew Charman (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, Cape Town). For samples of the previous work of the presenters, see here.

18 August 2016. Lunch talk: Participatory socio-spatial developments in Gobabis. Braam Harris, Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning. (See notes here)

9 August 2016. Lunch talk: Land Delivery to the Urban Poor. Case study of Lux Development Project Nam/343: Realities, opportunities, possibilities, synergies. Joe Lewis, Department of Geospatial Sciences and Technology. (See report here)

4 August 2016. NUST as lead institution in land governance in Southern Africa. Lunch talk by C.T.H. Bayer, HoD Department of Land and Property Sciences. (See presentation here, and meeting notes here)

28 July 2016. The case for adequate housing for teachers in Windhoek. Lunch talk by Guillermo Delgado and Phillip Lühl. (See report here)

23 June 2016 Dr. Isis Nunez Ferreira workshop on Co-Design and Urban Informality (Photos here)

26 May 2016 The new DASP building - The Design Process. Lecture by Kerry McNamara Architects, in collaboration with the Namibia Architecture Student Association.

23-24 March 2016 Dr. Henrik Ernstson on Global South Urbanisms

23 March 18.30 Film Screening: 1 Table 2 Elephants (Trailer here)

24 March 12.30 Lecture: Global South Urbanisms (Photos here)

3-4 March 2016 Prof. Stig Enemark on Land Administration and Problem-Based Learning

3 March 12.30 Brown bag meeting: On Problem-Based Learning

4 March 9.30h Professional lecture: Land Administration in Support of the Global Agenda

28 January 2016 Research Workshop: Communal Land Matters

8.30 – 9.00 Welcoming remarks & Introduction

“Land livelihoods and housing”, Charl-Thom Bayer, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Olivier Graefe, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

9.00 - 10.30 Presentations

“Mapping decadal land cover changes in northern Namibia using the Landsat satellite archive (1975-2015)”, Vladimir Wingate, Physical Geography and Environmental Change, University of Basel, Switzerland

“Use of Soil Indigenous Knowledge in Western Ohangwena Region”, Brice Prudat, University of Basel, Switzerland

“Traditional Authorities in Namibia’s land governance. Positions and strategies between legal and practical transformations”, Laura Weidmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

“Social differentiation in access to land and security of tenure in northern Namibia”, Romie Nghitevelekwa, University of Freiburg, Germany

“Tenure security and meaning of land: Youth participation and perceptions on customary land ownership and registration in the selected regions of Namibia”, Dr. Kletus Likuwa, Multidisciplinary Research Centre, University of Namibia

“Secured, but still poor: A comparative analysis of the formalisation of communal land in Namibia”, Elke Matthaei, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.00 Presentations

“The cost of housing and affordability: an assessment”, Charl-Thom Bayer, Namibia University of Science and Technology.

“Group rights on communal and: Okonyoka revisited”, Wolfgang Werner & Mutjinde Katjiua, Namibia University of Science and Technology.

15.00-15.30 Discussion

15.30 Concluding remarks

Olivier Graefe, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Wolfgang Werner, Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Photos of the event here.


29 October 2015 Brown bag meeting: The Flexible Land Tenure Bill, an update, comments by Ase Christensen, Department of Land and Property Sciences. View the report of the session here.


15 October 2015 Brown bag meeting: The proposed Urban and Regional Planning Bill, comments by Pieter Genis, Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning. View the report of the session here.


27 July 2015 Event: Land, livelihoods and housing Programme 2015-7 launch and presentation of the ILMI Working Paper No.1 "25 Years of Land Reform" by Wolfgang Werner.