Local Government of Namibia

Ministry: Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development

Association: Association for Local Authorities in Namibia; Association of Regional Councils

There are three spheres of government – national, regional and local – provided for by the Regional Councils Act 1992 and the Local Authorities Act 1992. Regional and local government are enshrined in Chapter 12 of the constitution.

Namibia comprises 13 regions, each with a regional council. The 52 unitary local authorities comprise 16 city councils, 17 town councils and 19 village councils. Local elections are held every five years.

The regional councils and local authorities have revenue-raising powers, as well as receiving transfers from the national government. Regional councils do not normally provide services; the local authorities are responsible for such services as waste management, water supply, sanitation and electricity supply.