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Welcome to COSDEF

logo-100x94 Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation
COSDEF (Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation) is a registered Trust co-ordinating, supporting and supervising the various COSDECs (Community Skills Development Centres) and other training providers that provide competency based skills training to various communities throughout Namibia, primarily for youth and the previously disadvantaged groups to assist them in partaking in economic development activities.

The Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) is the national umbrella body for the Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs). It is a registered Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees. The six seats include Namibians from both the public and private sectors. The Honourable Minister, Nahas Angula, is the Chairman of the Board. The Board’s mandate includes:

button-black-8x8 Providing guidance to the COSDECs in terms of their activities and management;
button-black-8x8 Raising funds, allocating funds to COSDECs, and monitoring COSDECs expenditures;
button-black-8x8 Developing, implementing and enforcing training and skill testing standards; and
button-black-8x8 Receiving and assessing individual requests from other communities for the establishment of new skills training initiatives.

The Secretariat is the Support Unit (SU) that administers and implements approved programmes. The role of the SU is to maintain quality standards, through the provision of administrative and financial assistance, as well as professional advice and guidance to the COSDECs and other training initiatives funded by the COSDEF.


COSDECs are independent Trusts, governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board undergoes a selection process based on nominations from the local community. They are responsible for the overall management of the COSDEC, including formulating annual work plans, supervising the Centre's management and also liaise with the local community. The Board of Trustees reports to the COSDEF on a quarterly and annual basis. The day-to-day running of a COSDEC is the responsibility of the Head of Centre or Coordinator, depending on the size of the Centre.