Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children

Programme Details

Programme components
This is one of the country’s four child/family allowances (the others are: the Child Maintenance Grant, Foster Parent Grant and Places of Safety Allowance).
References
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>.
Start date
1960
References
Since the enactment of the 1960 Children’s Act. Reference: 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>.
Coverage
In 2008, family allowances (which include the Child Maintenance Grant, Foster Parent Grant, Places of Safety Allowance and Special Maintenance Grant) reached a total of 250,000 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
 

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
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
For citizens and permanent residents younger than 16 years old with disabilities or visual impairment. A social background report from a social worker and a state-issued medical certificate are required.
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>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
NAD250 per child
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
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>. 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>.
Benefit recipients
Eligible biological parents/caregivers
References
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>. 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>.