Donors and Partners

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Meeting the Namibian goals for children and adolescents requires strong partnerships with a range of actors: national and international, government and non-government, and the children and adolescents themselves.

UNICEF’s primary partner is the Government of the Republic of Namibia, particularly the National Planning Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Parliament, line ministries and parastatal institutions involved in realizing the rights of children and women. 

Partnerships for sectoral programme interventions include the ministries of Health and Social Services; Education; Gender Equality and Child Welfare; Justice; Safety and Security; Finance; Labour and Social Welfare; and Agriculture, Water and Forestry. 

In the context of UN reform, Namibia is committed to “Delivering as One”, and UNICEF’s work is aligned fully with the UN Partnership Framework for 2014-18 and in the joint workplans signed with government which integrate the work of all the UN agencies, programmes and funds active in Namibia.

In addition, UNICEF cooperates with major development partners in Namibia, including the United States Government, European Union and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

In the region, UNICEF also collaborates with the Southern African Development Community and the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics.  
Civil society partners play a valuable role as advocates to promote the social norms and standards required to realise the rights of children and women.  Using their local networks (e.g. churches or volunteers) and knowledge they are also well placed to provide services and mobilise communities to complement government facility-based approaches.  

Academia and media partners are also valued in research and communication of issues related to children, adolescents and women in Namibia.  Child-focused research and the development of strong practical evidence is required to inform advocacy and policy dialogue

The voice of children and adolescents themselves is essential and UNICEF works with partners to provide a space where that voice can be heard; in research and advocacy, in the Children’s Parliament and in the communities where they live.

Cash support provided by UNICEF in 2011-13 was approximately 55% to government institutions and 45% to civil society partners.

New strategic alliances are being developed with the private sector in technology for development and innovation, water and sanitation, and social protection, and with the philanthropic sector in education and health.  

UNICEF also seeks to engage with other countries in the region and with the newly advanced economies to promote South-South cooperation on research and promotion of norms and standards as a major strategy for upper-middle-income countries.

Resource Mobilization

During its 21 years of independence Namibia has achieved remarkable economic growth with political and social stability. It enjoys a reputation as a reliable country for foreign direct investment and business. Namibia has excellent relations with its neighbours, sharing a common Customs Union and participating actively in regional and sub-regional organizations.  

Despite this, social development has not kept pace with the economic development. Namibia has the unenviable position as a country with one of the most unequal income distributions in the world, and still faces many development challenges and capacity constraints. 

Primarily due to Namibia’s status as an Upper Middle Income Country since 2009, overall development assistance has been steadily declining over the few past years.

UNICEF’s programme focus is on providing high quality and consistent technical assistance while promoting innovations, rather than direct service delivery. In the past three years the office has strategically focused on influencing and leveraging external (development partner) and internal (government, private sector) resources for children. 

While UNICEF Namibia’s focus is on upstream work and leveraging of resources for children and women’s programming, there are stand-alone projects and technical support needs that are also critical in generating operational experience and lessons learned.  These not only fill programme gaps within the country but also demonstrate innovative initiatives that the Government can take to scale over time. 

UNICEF Namibia resource mobilization strategy is designed to strengthened relationships with both traditional and new donors and partners toward increased advocacy, leveraging and, where possible, funding for programmes focused on women and children in Namibia.

For the Programme of Cooperation for 2014-18, the office intends to mobilize USD 5.4 million per annum.
For the current drought response, UNICEF launched a flash appeal in August 2013 for USD 7.4 million for the period through to June 2014.

For the period 2011-13, the top 8 contributors to the UNICEF-Namibia Programme of Cooperation were:

European Commission
German National Committee
United Kingdom (DfID)
Canadian National Committee



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