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South Africa

NCA Southern Africa, based in South Africa, works for economic justice, gender justice and climate justice. Our goal is to build citizens' capacity to influence and participate in politics.


Norwegian Church Aid has own operated programmes, and programmes together with partners in Southern Africa dating back to 1994. Originally, Norwegian Church Aid’s activities in the area were rooted in the fight for justice and equality through the anti-apartheid struggle.

Since our work in the region began, many social and political changes have occurred and the region has experienced strong economic growth. But the unjust distribution of resources and lack of policies safeguarding the poor have led to continued poverty and marginalisation in the region.

NCA Southern Africa is in general focusing on strengthening civil society. Since 2011 the office has had a policy and advocacy mandate: to strengthen our partners' ability to engage in advocacy and influence public policy working specifically with faith-based organisations.

Our office in Pretoria, South Africa covers advocacy programmes in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In addition, this office coordinates processes for advocacy work with regional and international institutions, as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU).

Our work

Economic justice: Norwegian Church Aid works through partners to improve people's access to basic public services by promoting budget monitoring and tracking of public expenditures. We are working to ensure that national legislation ensures public revenues and the equitable distribution of resources. The region is rich in natural resources, and Norwegian Church Aid challenges extractive industries by requiring transparency, accountable governance and a focus on the environmental aspects of the business. Norwegian Church Aid and our partners are engaged in projects that strengthen rights-holders’ financial situation and enable them to participate in democratic processes.

Gender justice: Norwegian Church Aid is working for equal rights for women and men. We are working particularly to strengthen and mobilise women in order to ensure that they participate in governance structures where decisions are taken. Norwegian Church Aid also addresses gender-based violence as a structural issue within the church and in society in general.

Climate justice: Increasing vulnerability to the effects of climate change, such as flooding and drought, are apparent throughout the region. Norwegian Church Aid is working to increase people’s ability to influence national and international policies in the struggle against climate change, to advocate for climate change adaptation and mitigation and to ensure that energy policies will also benefit the poor.

Coordination through the ACT Alliance

Norwegian Church Aid works with the regional ACT Forum for Southern Africa, as well as country Forums in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In addition, it is Norwegian Church Aid’s goal to establish a regional ACT Forum for political influence in order to coordinate advocacy measures with ACT members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Published: 01.03.2013


Postal address:
Private Bag X15, Menlo Park, Postnet suite 396 0102 South Africa

Office address:
Suite 107, Dunbrook Place
151 Nicolson Street, Brooklyn
Pretoria, South Africa
Tel.: +27 (0) 12 346 7765

Guro Almås, Area Representative for NCA Southern Africa Policy office
Tel.: +27 72 731 1150

Dolly Hlongwane, Admin & Finance Manager/Deputy Area Representative
Tel.: +27 (0) 72 730 7299

Moreblessings Chidaushe, Program Manager
Tel.: +27 (0) 72 730 5845

Kari Øyen, Area Team Leader
Tel.: +47 930 85 835

Facts about Southern Africa

  • Capitals: Gaborone in Botswana, Maputo in Mozambique, Windhoek in Namibia, Pretoria (administrative capital) in South Africa and Harare in Zimbabwe
  • Population: Botswana 2,030,000, Mozambique 23,930,000, Namibia 2,108,665, South Africa 50,590,000 and Zimbabwe 12,750,000 (Source: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2012)
  • Life expectancy: Botswana 53.4 years, Mozambique 50 years, Namibia 32.1 years, South Africa 52 years and Zimbabwe 51 years (Source: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2012)
  • Population living under the poverty line: 31.2% in Botswana, 54.7% in Mozambique, 23% in South Africa and 72% in Zimbabwe(2003) (Source: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2012)
  • Literacy level: Botswana: women 84%, men 84.9%; Mozambique: women 42.8%, men 70.8%; South Africa: women 85.7%, men 87%; Zimbabwe: women 87.2%, men 94.2% (Source: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2012)