Following the closure of a refugee PRRO in April 2013, WFP’s focus in Namibia shifted from the provision of food assistance to that of technical assistance. This aligns with WFP’s goal to ultimately strengthen government capacity to sustainably manage food assistance programmes for vulnerable people, including school children. WFP provides technical support to the Government in key areas aimed at
1) improving the efficiency and effectiveness of food-based safety net programmes and
2) enhancing the Government’s preparedness for emergencies, including improving hunger assessments and response options. WFP has been present in Namibia since 1999.
Summary of WFP Assistance:
Technical assistance in Namibia is provided through two trust funds, which were established in 2012 to utilize contributions from the Government of Namibia and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Upstream technical support is focused on
i) Knowledge Generation and Management;
ii) Strengthening Monitoring Systems;
iii) Capacity Building and Technical Assistance; and
iv) Policy Guidance on hunger-related issues. In 2012, the Ministry of Education (MOE) established a strategic partnership with WFP to improve the Namibian School Feeding Programme (NSFP). In 2012, WFP also signed a two-year partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to strengthen government capacity to assess, plan, and respond to emergency food needs resulting from natural disasters and other shocks. More specifically, WFP assists the Government with food security monitoring and analysis, as well as strengthening systems that manage and track commodities to more effectively respond to Namibia’s food needs. WFP also provides technical support with logistics and managing the supply chain Management, and overall capacity building and programme support where required.
WFP assistance in Namibia supports the Government’s efforts towards Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG 1): eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. WFP also aligns with Namibia’s Fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4) and the United Nations Partnership Framework (2014-2018) for the country.