The book makes very pertinent observations about the situation of development and the grave risks Namibia faces if these issues are not addressed.
An icon of the Namibian Liberation Struggle, Toivo Ya Toiva, whose speech was read on his behalf by Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Thomas Nambahu, said the book came at an opportune time when Namibia needed to educate and train its young generation on how development should be managed and administered for the benefit of all Namibian people. “I compliment the authors for their valuable contribution towards rebuilding our confidence in ourselves. I sincerely wish this book would help towards building a great destiny for our nation and region,” Ya Toivo said.
Niikondo explained that the idea for the book was born when he was assigned to lecture Development Management at the then Poly. “Although I did a similar subject at the University of the Western Cape, I felt somewhat uncomfortable because I had not conducted sufficient research in the field. However, since my military discipline has taught me never to reject lawful commands from superiors, I started teaching this course,” he explained.
Although he acquired a lot of information about management and administration of development in Namibia, there was still a lack of books available in this field, and therefore he decided to write his own book which has an international flavour with contributions by writers from South Africa, Namibia, Greece, Germany and Kuwait.