WELCOME TO THE FORUM FOR THE FUTURE - FFF

An organisation that provides platforms to Namibians to discuss freely and openly issues that are of interest to them.

BACKGROUND

FFF was founded in October 1998 and started off as a popular platform that brought large numbers of Namibians under one roof to discuss issues of common concern. The national elections of November 1999 were marked by violent intimidation and harassment of opposition political parties by the ruling party. FFF was perceived as part of opposition politics and was not spared harassment. Out of fear, people distanced themselves from FFF events. The organisation’s activities came to a complete standstill during 2000-2001. In 2002 FFF was transformed into a trust governed by an independent board of trustees. Below are FFF trustees over the years:

FFF Mission

A non-governmental organisation that strives towards empowering civil society to become vibrant and transparent, promote democratic values, and actively engage in the democratic processes in Namibia.

FFF Vision

Empower grassroots communities countrywide to be able to influence public decision-making processes in Namibia.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Live Radio Program in 8 Namibian Languages on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention

The programme is titled ” Promoting peace and security in Namibia”, with a focus on conflict prevention and peacebuilding through public education. The programme aims to create a new awareness among Namibians that helps to unite them above their ethnic, racial, religious and political party groupings. The programme will be launched in December 2020 and start broadcasting from mid-January 2021.

Funded by the High Commission of Canada in Pretoria 

FFF TRUSTEES

2018 to Date

Chairperson: Bishop Lukas Katenda (Windhoek)

Vice-Chairperson: Irene Laberloth (Karasburg)

Trustees: Laban Mwashekele (Windhoek), Ngeno Nakamhela (Kalkfeld), Emmil Kapitako (Tses), Kaino Ndamanomhata (Okongo), Jackson Mwalundange (Oshikango), Vinsent   Kanyetu (Rundu), and Samson Ndeikwila (ex-officio, Windhoek)

2015-2018

Chairperson: Pastor Laban Mwashekele; Vice-Chairperson: Irene Laberloth

Trustees: Ngeno Nakamhela, Emmil Kapitako, Kaino Ndamanomhata, Vinsent Kanyetu and Samson Ndeikwila (ex-officio)

2009-2014

Chairperson: Rev Ngeno Nakamhela

Trustees: Dorkas Phillemon-Nangolo, Carola Engelbrecht, George du Toit, Ndamona Ndeulita, Lahya Lapaka Ueyulu, Uhuru Dempers and Samson Ndeikwila (ex-officio).

2004-2008

Chairperson: Rev Ngeno Nakamhela

Trustees: Hans-Erik Staby, Herbert Jauch, Susanna Engelbrecht, Dorkas Phillemon, Nico Horn, Anna Hosea, Christine Daniels and Samson Ndeikwila (ex-officio).

2002-2003

Chairperson: Rev Steve Titus

Trustees: Herbert Jauch, Susanna Engelbrecht, Dorkas Phillemon, Nico Horn, Anna Hosea, Christine Daniels and Samson Ndeikwila (ex-officio).

Community Forums

FFF conducts its activities through the 20 Community Forums in different parts of the country as can be seen blow

Contact Details of FFF Coordinators

FFF Activities

⦁ Gardening
⦁ Training workshops
⦁ Community seminars
⦁ Conferences
⦁ Radio programmes

What FFF does

⦁ Lecturers
⦁ Workshops
⦁ Trainings
⦁ Radio shows

Partners / Sponsors

PAST EVENTS

Oshiwambo Radio Programme on the Namibian Constitution

The constitution has been translated into Oshiwambo language. The programme is specifically for the Oshiwambo-speaking public to understand the letter and spirit of the Namibian Constitution. This community is the majority in Namibia, over 50% of the population. It holds the key to the success of democracy in Namibia. The programme is covering the whole constitution. It has helped this community to strengthen democracy, increase informed citizenry, and to actively participate in civic public affairs.

This event is funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung: Namibia- Angola Office

Joint Radio Programme on Human Rights Awareness Amidst Covid-19 Regulations

This is a joint programme of three KAS partners: FFF, Women Action for Development (WAD) and Namibian Men for Gender Justice (NMGJ). The programme is carried out with the technical assistance of the Office of the Ombudsman. On 17 March 2020 President Hage Geingob declared the state of emergency. Since then there are negative responses in the form of mental depression, domestic abuse and social categorization. The radio programme is presented in all the 10 languages spoken in Namibia. It aims to empower and prepare Namibians on how to respond in a positive manner to the hardships brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This event is to be funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung: Namibia- Angola Office.

Interfaith dialogue

During 2017 an Interfaith Dialogue was convened that brought together representatives of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i communities. The theme was “What Keeps Society Together?” Through formal paper presentations and subsequent discussions, participants came to understand better and appreciate each other’s faith and existence. They also came to know one another at a personal level. The issues the Interfaith Declaration stating their common belief in one God and their obligation to teach and promote love among God’s people.

Funded by the Konrad Andenauer Stiftung; Namibia- Angola office

Windhoek Youth Dialogue

Windhoek youth meet to discuss and agree on their mission as a generation. All Namibian language communities are represented in the discussions. The outcome of the discussions will be communicated to the rest of the youth in the country and to the nation at large.

Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung : Namibia- Angola Office

Household Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening

As a way of coping with climate change, this program creates platforms and encourages Namibians in discussing how families should engage in producing their own vegetables. Namibians also discuss how communities should work together and produce their own food. Such discussions and actions will lead to Namibia producing much of her own food.

Funded by the Olof Palme International Center

Towards a People-driven Governance System in Namibia

This programme creates platforms for Namibians at the community level to discuss freely the governance system that unites them at community and national level to be able to develop their country socially and economically. They take examples of how different successful countries have managed to move their countries forward.

Funded by the Olof Palme International Center 

Empowering Marginalized Communities

This programme creates platforms for Namibians at the community level to identify the different categories of the marginalised groups in their midst and how to embrace and empower members of such groups.

Funded by the Olof Palme International Center 

PARTNERSHIPS

FFF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG (KAS)

KAS is a German political foundation that offers a wide variety of civic education events. The civic education programmes of both FFF and KAS are inspired by Christian democratic values. FFF and KAS promote democracy, respect for human rights, good governance, cooperation among the citizens in society, and care for the environment. The partnership started in 2008. With the financial support of KAS, FFF has been organising different events in Windhoek and in other parts of the country as follows

Regional Workshops on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

During 2014 and 2015, workshops for community activists were held in the regional capitals of Khomas (Windhoek), //Karas (Keetmanshoop), Hardap (Mariental), Omaheke (Gobabis), Erongo (Swakopmund) and Otjozondjupa (Otjiwarongo). During 2016, conferences were held at Oniipa near Ondangwa for pastors drawn from Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto Regions. Conferences were also held at Rundu for pastors from East and West Kavango Regions, as well as at Katima Mulilo for pastors in the Zambezi Region. At each conference, the participants issued a Pastoral Declaration that was read and discussed in the congregations during Sunday services.

Joint Regional Election Monitoring Training Workshops

Joint Regional Election Monitoring Training Workshops: These workshops trained representatives of the different political parties and civic associations on how to monitor effectively the national elections of 2009 as well as the regional council and local authority elections of 2010. These representatives went to train the polling and accounting agents of their respective parties and civic associations.

Public Lectures

Since its inception in 1998 to date, FFF has organised and continues to organise public lectures on different topics by acclaimed public speakers such as Prof. Joseph Diescho, the late Prof. John Makumbe and many others.

Radio Programme on Corruption

This programme was launched in 2018 over the national radio in all 10 languages spoken in Namibia. A manual was compiled to guide the presenters. After a careful recruitment process, ten people were identified and trained to present the programme in their respective languages. Namibians across the country came to understand more about the evils of corruption.

Funded by Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung: Namibia- Angola office

Publication: “Towards Our All-Inclusive Namibian House” (2017):

This book is a nation-wide response to President Hage Geingob’s State of the Nation Address on 21 April 2015. He called on Namibians to build a society in which “no Namibian is left out”. The manuscript was discussed widely and endorsed with signatures by Namibians across the country. The book bears the signatures of Namibians across the country.

Funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung: Namibia- Angola office 

FFF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OLOF PALME INTERNATIONAL CENTRE (OPC)

OPC supported FFF directly during 2008-2011 under the project Women in Community Development. The project objective was to equip Namibian women with skills and insights to be able to participate effectively in elective public offices locally, regionally and nationally. Many women benefited and became vocal and visible in their communities. Today there are many women who are community activists. Some occupy high positions in their respective political parties. However, under the party list system, nominations at the parties’ electoral colleges have often prevented many women from being placed on top of the party lists.

ABF Smäland

During 2012-2015 FFF entered into partnership with ABF Småland. Here the emphasis was on the forums establishing permanent meeting places where community members gather to discuss issues, conduct trainings and learn from one another. Three women’s centres were established at Soweto-Katutura (Windhoek), Okahandja and Ongwediva. The Soweto-Katutura project is housed in the FFF office. The Women’s Centre at Ongwediva closed down due its location far away from where the majority of the members live. Without permanent meeting places, strong and active women’s groups exist at Karasburg, Okongo and Otjiwarongo.

ABF Gävleborg

OPC arranged with her member organisations that partnerships with foreign organisations should be done with the member organisations. During 2016-2019, FFF entered into partnership with ABF Gävleborg under the project Local Organising for Women’s Empowerment. The objective of the project has been to develop democratic processes within FFF at national level and to establish democratic organisations at the local level. FFF is in the process of transforming into a member-based organisation. The 20 community-based forums are in the process of transforming into formal associations affiliated to FFF. The partnership between FFF and ABF Gävleborg continues under the theme: “Influencing Thinking in Namibia during 2020-2024”. Activities centre on the following three issues: (a) Household Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening; (b) Towards a People-driven Governance System in Namibia; and (c) Empowering Marginalised Communities.

DEMOCRATIC NAMIBIA NEEDS FFF

To foster open debate
FFF intends facilitating national debate at grassroots level and, therefore, aims to establish local chapters of the organisation nationwide.
FFF promotes discussions and mutual tolerance across party political lines, without fear or recrimination.
FFF encourages Namibians to exercise their right to freedom of speech and expression in the national interest.
To be an independent think-tank
FFF commissions and publicises research on national issues, as prioritised by the members of the organisation.
FFF will solicit input from members of the public, especially those whose views have previously been ignored by policy makers.
FFF will lobby government to heed public opinion when formulating policy.
FFF aims to provide Namibians with a public platform from which they may freely evaluate, comment and criticise the actions of their elected representatives.

To strengthen Civil Society
FFF encourages everyone to participate in open and  vigorous debate on issues of national and international concern, with the aim of shaping and improving public policy.
FFF strives to ensure accountability at all levels of society.
FFF aims to strengthen democratic principles enshrined in the Namibian Constitution, by informing and educating citizens about their civic duties and rights, and by encouraging them to take responsibility for Namibia’s future.

To promote democratic values
FFF aims to inspire Namibians to become actively engaged in a culture of civic responsibility and involvement.
FFF promotes tolerance of diversity of culture and opinion.
FFF supports open debate on the concept of nation building and the promotion of a Namibian national identity.
⦁ FFF aims to enshrine the values embodied in the Constitution in the daily lives of the Namibian people

FFF PUBLICATIONS

  • 2000-2002

    Forum for the Future (2000)-Learning from the Past; Planning for the Future

    Wolfgang Werner (2001)-NAMIBIA: Land and Resettlement Policies

    Gottfried Wellmer (2001)-Implications of the “Red Line” For The Namibian Economy

    Gertze, Reinhard Kala (2002)-The Story of Donwarib ─ Writing Against Torture

    Bience Gawanas (2002)-Overcoming Bitterness, Fear and Hatred ─ A Journey Through Life

    Ndeikwila, Samson (2002)-The Statesman Who Brought Honour To Africa

  • 2003-2004

    Hans-Erik Staby (2003)-Civil Society in Namibia

    Bwalya Nondo (2003)- Punching Holes Into Polygamy

    Forum for the Future (2003)-Sigo Uunake/Until When?

    Tee Ngungi (2003)-The Veil of Fear

    Forum for the Future (2004):     Marketing Plan

    Gerson Mutendere (2004)-Leadership Style (Booklets 1-5 on Selected African Leaders)

    Forum for the Future (2004)-Political Intimidation in Namibia

  • 2007-2017

    Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2017)-Towards Our All-Inclusive Namibian House

    Oniipa Conference (2007)-Building An Inclusive Society in Namibia
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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No, FFF is a non-profit organisation formed by concerned citizens to promote open debate across party political lines about issues affecting the daily lives of Namibians.

Because FFF gives Namibians a chance to speak freely and to discuss important matters outside the narrow restraints of party discipline. Open debate and tolerance of different views are crucial aspects of democratic culture, irrespective of which political p-arty one belongs

No, FFF aims to involve the whole nation in discussing our common future. Chapters are being created in various towns and villages. Anyone interested in strengthening our democracy can take part.