Child Protection and Social Protection

Child Protection and Social Protection


Care and Protection of Vulnerable Children

© UNICEFNamibia/2011/Figueira

Strengthening Alternative Care Through Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Children who have lost their primary guardians need protection and care within a supportive family.  In Namibia formal and informal alternative care systems are a preferable care option to institutional care or inter-country adoption. As a result, UNICEF works to strengthen policy development and research in the area of alternative care systems.

Namibia is one of the few African countries with a comprehensive and entirely government funded social grant system, comprising of Basic State Grants (universal old age pensions and disability grants), Child Welfare Grants and War Veteran Grants. While these grants make an important contribution to the livelihoods of poor people, they have not been an effective measure in child poverty reduction. International experiences point to helpful tools for tax-benefit micro simulation (EUROMOD, SAMOD) that would support the Ministry of Finance and NPC in the longer term planning processes for changing eligibility criteria for child welfare grants, including regarding resource requirements and financing through tax revenue.

Towards the goal of reaching the most vulnerable children, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Gender to develop a National Agenda for Vulnerable Children (2012-2016). This framework aims to guide all sectors in Namibia in fulfilling their commitment for children.


  • Development of minimum standards and tools for informal kinship care.

  • To develop and implement a road map to adjust the Child Welfare Grants to reach a broader group of poor and vulnerable children

  • Assisting the Ministry of Gender to finalize and approve the multi-sectoral progress report 



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