Driving positive change through financial solutions

In Namibia, making a real impact with financial solutions is a shared endeavour that requires collective action, innovative thinking, and a deep understanding of our people’s needs. As a united force within the financial services industry, we bear a collective responsibility to lead the way toward a better future for everyone.

At the forefront of our efforts is the imperative to ensure that our financial strategies are intricately aligned with Namibia’s unique socio-economic landscape. This involves fostering collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders, including the government, businesses, and community groups, to identify priority areas where our combined resources can generate the most significant impact. By working together, we can address formidable challenges such as climate change, economic inequality, and social exclusion, thereby contributing to the overall well-being and prosperity of our communities.

One of the primary ways in which we can drive meaningful change is by investing in projects that deliver dual benefits for both people and the environment. By supporting initiatives that strengthen local economies, promote sustainable agriculture, and advance renewable energy solutions, we not only stimulate economic growth and job creation but also contribute to environmental conservation and resilience-building efforts. This multi-dimensional approach to investment ensures that our actions yield long-term, sustainable outcomes that benefit both present and future generations.

Moreover, ensuring universal access to financial services is paramount to fostering inclusive growth and economic empowerment. In Namibia, significant segments of the population still lack access to basic financial services, hindering their ability to participate fully in the formal economy and access essential financial tools and resources. By leveraging innovative technologies and digital solutions, we can overcome traditional barriers to access and extend the reach of financial services to underserved communities, particularly in remote and rural areas. This democratization of finance not only promotes financial inclusion but also fosters economic resilience and social cohesion within our society.

By adhering to the highest levels of integrity, accountability, and transparency in our operations and interactions, we demonstrate our commitment to responsible finance and ethical leadership, setting a positive example for the entire industry and fostering a culture of trust and credibility among stakeholders.

In conclusion, harnessing the collective power of the financial services industry to drive positive change in Namibia requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach that encompasses strategic investments, expanded access to financial services, and a steadfast commitment to ethical conduct and transparency.

*Mignon du Preez is Group Marketing, Public Affairs and Sustainability Executive at Old Mutual Namibia.

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