A results-based monitoring and evaluation system for the Namibian Child Support Grant programme

The Government of Namibia is committed to improving the welfare of children through various acts, including the Combating of the Rape Act (Act 8 of 2000), the Education Act (Act 16 of 2001), the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act 4 of 2003) and the Child Care and Protection Act (Act 3 of 2015) (Republic of Namibia 2000, 2001, 2003, 2015). Namibia has a comprehensive social protection system with a solid financial commitment. While social assistance programmes strive to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems that specifically track the socioeconomic impacts and results for beneficiaries are often inadequate. In Namibia, the outcomes of the CSG programme were demonstrated to be based explicitly on household data through the National Household Income Expenditure Survey. However, such an analysis is likely to underestimate the welfare of the poorest and is not a suitable tool to apply in developing countries. The article will commence with a brief overview of the focus of cash transfer programmes and the requirements of results-based M&E systems before describing the current case in Namibia.