Professional experience


Since 2015: Pastors of the congregations Sils im Domleschg and Mutten of the evangelical-reformed church in Graubünden / Switzerland

2010 to 2015: Directors of the Theological Institute for Advocacy and Research of the Lutheran Churches in Southern Africa (LUCSA)

2013 to 2014: Development, planing and implementation of the “Emergency cash grants” for the drought relief programme of the lutheran Churches of Namibia supported by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the ACT Alliance

Since 2011: Research Associates of the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2005 to 2010: Co-ordinators of Basic Income Grant Coalition Namibia and implementation of BIG Pilot Project

2004 to 2015: Pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)

2003 to 2010: Project Directors - Desk for Social Development (DfSD), Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)

2003 to 2004: Vicars of the Paulus //Gowaseb congregation (informal settlement in Katutura, Windhoek) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)

2001 to 2002: Research for the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), Cape Town

2000 to 2002: Research for the South African Government Committee of Inquiry into a Comprehensive Social Security System (Taylor Committee)

1997 to 1998: Research for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on a ‘Comprehensive Social Security System for South Africa’

1996 to 1997: Research for the South African Council of Churches (SACC), various NGOs, and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Welfare in South Africa (now Committee for Social Development)

In 1996: Research for the South African Government Committee on the restructuring of social security for child and family support (Lund Committee, South Africa)

In 1995: Research for the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Social Welfare in South Africa (now Committee for Social Development)

In 1996: Research for the South African Government Committee on the restructuring of social security for child and family support (Lund Committee, South Africa)

In 1995: Research for the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Social Welfare in South Africa (now Committee for Social Development)

Claudia Haarmann

Claudia Haarmann
Born and raised in Germany. Abitur 1990. Since 1995 married to Dirk Haarmann with two children

Work as a volunteer in school hostels of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) (1990-1991)

Study of Protestant Theology, Sociology, and Economics at the universities of Bielefeld (Germany), Marburg (Germany), Institute for Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) (South Africa) and theological seminaries in Bethel (Germany) and Wuppertal (Germany) (1991-2001)

BA Honours (cum laude) (1996) in Social Development (UWC), South Africa

Masters (cum laude) (1998) in Social Development (UWC), South Africa

Doctor of Philosophy (2000) in Social Development (UWC), South Africa

Promoters: Prof. Pieter le Roux (Economics and Development Studies, UWC) and Prof. Russel Botman (Theology, UWC and Stellenbosch); Examiners: Prof. Frans Kotze (Social Work, UWC), Prof. Murray Leibbrandt (Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa), and Prof. Mike Samson (Economist, Williams College, USA)

Theological Exam (2002) Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland (EKiR), Germany. Theology Diploma (2002) Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. (Equivalent to a Masters in Theology)

Ordination (2004) as Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) by Bishop Dr. Z. Kameeta

Reception (2018) into the Synod of the evangelisch-reformierte Landeskirche Graubünden, Switzerland

Dirk Haarmann

Claudia Haarmann
Born and raised in Germany. Abitur 1989. Since 1995 married to Claudia Haarmann with two children

Civil service in a school for mentally disabled children (1989-1990)

Work as a volunteer with a focus on youth development at the Andreas Kukuri Centre in Okahandja and development work with the informal settlement community in “Five Rand” (Okahandja) for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) (1991)

Study of Protestant Theology, Sociology, and Economics at the universities of Bielefeld (Germany), Marburg (Germany), Institute for Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) (South Africa) and theological seminaries in Bethel (Germany) and Wuppertal (Germany) (1991-2001)

BA Honours (cum laude) (1996) in Social Development (UWC), South Africa

Doctor of Philosophy (1998) in Social Development (UWC), South Africa

Promoters: Prof. Pieter le Roux (Economics and Development Studies, UWC) and Prof. Russel Botman (Theology, UWC and Stellenbosch); Examiners: Prof. Murray Leibbrandt (Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa), and Prof. James Midgley (Social Welfare, Berkley, USA)

Theological Exam (2002) Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland (EKiR), Germany. Theology Diploma (2002) Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. (Equivalent to a Masters in Theology)

Ordination (2004) as Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) by Bishop Dr. Z. Kameeta

Reception (2018) into the Synod of the evangelisch-reformierte Landeskirche Graubünden, Switzerland
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