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Republic of Namibia

Donations to the Dare to Care Fund under the umbrella of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) currently stand at N$4.1 million and yesterday the distribution of 76 000 bags of subsidised animal feed to drought-stricken farmers started. Yesterday, NAU said it has realised that much more help is needed and that not all farmers can be helped sufficiently. As a result, NAU is appealing to those who have not yet donated to help them to reach the target of N$10 million.

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The EU Social Protection Systems (EU-SPS) Initiative (2015-19) has supported national and regional expert institutions in Africa in their efforts to develop inclusive and sustainable social protection systems. Local leadership, sustainability and wide participation of national and regional experts have been the core principles of cooperation: Government of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has managed the EU-SPS work on Social Protection Capacity Development, which is the focus of this summary paper.

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The EU Social Protection Systems (EU-SPS) Initiative supported national, regional and international expert institutions in 11 mainly low income countries in their efforts to develop inclusive and sustainable social protection systems. Country ownership, sustainability and wide participation of national and regional experts are the core principles for the EU-SPS work.

This document summarizes the actions taken by THL-Finland in different partner countries.

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THE Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) on Tuesday announced a 5% pension benefit increase for all its pensioners. The increase was effective 1 April 2019. GIPF's chief executive officer, David Nuyoma, said the fund continues to provide guaranteed benefits to members, and to protect pensioners' income from the erosion of the purchasing power of their income.

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Over the past five years, half of the Namibian budget was allocated for social expenditure, which includes education, health and welfare services, indicating that Namibia could be considered a welfare nation with high public spending.

Namibia’s Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, announced this week during the tabling of the national budget that the country would spend almost 50% of its budget on social welfare.

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President Hage Geingob said the government will assist farmers in areas hard-hit by the drought. The president said the government, although with limited budgetary means, will assist farmers who have “lost large numbers of cattle or will not have a harvest this year” through line ministries. He made these remarks during the celebration of Namibia's 29th Independence Day yesterday in Windhoek.

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minister Stanley Simataa on Wednesday announced that the government will spend about N$570 million on drought relief this year. He made the announcement at a media briefing on decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. According to Simataa, comprehensive drought intervention proposals were brought to the Cabinet by the agriculture ministry. He said N$570 million is planned to be used to cover food assistance to communities affected by drought and to provide water tankers, amongst other things.

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R-UNDG-RIASCO Inter-Agency Social Protection Platform for Southern Africa

he purpose of the Social Protection Platform is to serve as a high-level regional coordination mechanism on social protection in order to (i) support RCs and UN country teams with guidance on social protection programming; and (ii) harmonize the approach...

Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana comprise a cluster of southern African countries which provide monthly non-contributory benefits to their elderly citizens. This paper seeks to understand the differing political and socio-economic conditions in which the three pensions evolved and suggest what implications pensions may have for the nature of the citizen-state relationship. The paper argues that the motivation behind the long-established South African and Namibian pensions was ‘supply-driven’ to serve political ends.

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The poverty eradication ministry has allocated over N$3,1 billion for social grant programmes for this financial year.

Poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta revealed Wednesday during a staff meeting in Windhoek that the amount makes up 92% of the ministry's total budget allocation. He said the ministry had maintained reasonable coverage of the old-age grant at 97%, and the disability grant at 68%, respectively.

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