Barbara Gowaseb, Bank of Namibia

Fletcher School Tufts IBGC CEME Gates Foundation Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion Residency Fellows 2013 Barbara Gowaseb Bank of Namibia

My policy idea: My policy idea is accelerating Namibia's readiness for a cash light society, so that we can facilitate financial inclusion. 

Why I came to the Leadership Program: My assistant governor was part of the first cohort and he spoke very highly of the program. My curious mind took the better of me and...I applied and got in. 

What I have learned that has been very helpful: A lot of the aspects we have dealt with and the policy memo itself...really help frame one's thinking and put in on paper. 

On the program's uniqueness: The program is rather all-inclusive, and provides a train of events that are all related to each other, rather than just course that only deals with negotiation [for example]. 


Director of Payments and Settlement Systems, Bank of Namibia

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The program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa.