Last updated: 11/6/2021

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population Group
Children

Programme Details

Start date
1960
References
The programme started since the enactment of the 1960 Children’s Act. Government of the Republic of Namibia. 2008. “Presentation to Brazil-Africa Cooperation Programme on Social Protection Promotion to African Countries.” Presentation, Brasìlia, Brazil, 25–29 August. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/doc_africa_brazil/Namibia.pdf>.
Conditionalities (if any)
School attendance is required of children over 7 years of age.
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Coverage
117,663 people.
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511-1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
The Child Maintenance Grant and the Foster Care Grant have a combined yearly budget of NAD348.1 million (2013).
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511-1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.

Targeting and egiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511-1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Children
Eligibility criteria
The recipient must receive less than NAD1,000 per month, be the biological parent of a child younger than 18 and have a spouse who is: receiving a disability or old-age grant; has passed away; is serving a jail sentence of at least three months; or is certified as unfit for labour-market activity. Alternatively, the grant might be paid to families in which both parents receive the old-age pension.
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>. Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
NAD250 for the first child plus NAD100 for each additional child, up to six children per household.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>. Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Benefit recipients
Parents
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>. Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.