The OAU officially declared its support for SWAPO in 1968. In April 1969, thirteen east and central African states promised their support to SWAPO with the Lusaka Manifesto on Southern Africa, amongst other liberation movements. In December of 1973, the UN appointed Sean McBride as Commissioner for Namibia. With his organisation, the Board of Namibia, he worked enthusiastically towards the goal to get SWAPO to govern South-West Africa. After this, 22 countries pledged to contribute R105 000 to the Fund for Namibia during 1974; the biggest donator being Swede. Even in western countries such as the United States of America, Britain, and West Germany, fundraising organisations on behalf of SWAPO were created.
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