• UNDP Namibia Youth Fund

      The United Nations Development Program in Namibia launched its first ever "Youth Development Fund". This initiative was inspired by the recently launched UNDP Youth Strategy titled, “Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future which was launched in March 2014 in Tunis.

    • 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction

      The City of Windhoek and its partners celebrated the 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on the 22 October 2014 at the Katutura Old Age Home. The theme for 2014 is “Resilience is for Life” with a focus on Older People and Disasters. The IDDR aims at celebrating how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction.

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    • Boosting crisis response and financing key for Africa’s continued progress

      While an increasing number of Africans are enjoying higher living standards, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa should redouble efforts to ensure crises such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa do not reverse development achievements, according to a report released here today during the African Economic Conference.

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    • PASS project inception workshop

      The expansion of Namibia’s protected areas has resulted in emerging management challenges like fire outbreaks, Namibia’s vulnerability to the increasing threat of poaching of key species, such as elephants and rhinos. These challenges need to be urgently addressed to enhance the benefits of protected areas network to Namibia’s development.

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    • UN Secretary-General inaugurate the UN house in Namibia

      The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially inaugurated the United Nations House in Windhoek, Namibia yesterday alongside the President Hifikepunye Pohamba. The Namibian government built the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek to allow for better coordination of UN agencies working in the country.

      24 06
    • UN Secretary-General: remarks at the official inauguration of the UN House in Namibia

      On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to thank the people and the Government of Namibia for this gift to the United Nations. The UN has a valuable history with the Namibian people. I am pleased to be here today to write another chapter in our cooperation. I am also here to show my personal commitment to strengthening UN engagement with the country.

    • Integrating Gender-Based Violence and HIV into National Alcohol Policies

      To date, while national policies may encompass two of the three issues of harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV, the three are rarely addressed together causing a significant gap. Looking at the three issues (GBV, HIV and harmful use of alcohol) we can see that there are varying levels of understanding of the relationship between gender inequality and the three issues of focus in this initiative.

    • Model UN Youth summit on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

      The British High Commission (BHC), the Human Rights Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a Model United Nations (UN) under the theme ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict’ at the UNAM campus on June 7 as part of the pre global summit.

    • Community Capacity Enhancement San community boat handover

      UNDP Namibia in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Local Government Housing and Rural Development, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders (AMICAAL), the Kavango regional council, and the Nkurenkuru Local Authority officially launched the San community boat project in Nkurenkuru last month. This is a cross boarder initiative under the Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) project aimed at providing information on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support while generating income through transportation of people across the Okavango River bordering Namibia and Angola.

      15 april
    • UNDP supporting the Vasdraai resettlement farm

      Many Namibians in rural areas work on commercial farms, privately owned, to earn a living and support their families. For some, this suddenly changed in 1997 when 73 families, who were previously employed as farm workers and squatters on the Seeis farm near Windhoek, were expelled and resettled on the Vasdraai farm.

      13 feb
    • First-ever visit by UNDP Administrator to Namibia

      Dec. 4, Windhoek – On the first day of the first-ever visit by an Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Namibia, Helen Clark assured national authorities of her organization’s strong support to the country, at a time when it’s facing the most debilitating drought in its history.

    • Community capacity enhancement in Namibia

      UNDP Namibia introduced Community Capacity Enhancement through community conversations (CCE-CC) in 9 regions of the country to increase community dialogue and participation in HIV & AIDS prevention, treatment care and support efforts. This is an internationally proven approach that contributes to increased community involvement in the response to HIV and AIDS as well as development efforts. The approach enhances the ability of communities to engage in dialogue that helps them identify their vulnerability to HIV infections and decide on mitigation actions.

    • Raising public awarenes on gender-based violence through arts

      The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in partnership with UNDP, UNAIDS and Victims 2 Survivors successfully hosted a national exhibition titled “Unite to end Gender-based Violence (GBV)” from 28 June to 02 August 2013 at the gallery’s premises in Windhoek.

    • Government of Namibia and the United Nations signed a new partnership agreement

      The Government of the Republic of Namibia signed a new partnership agreement with the United Nations (UN) system in Namibia, called the United Nations Development Partnership Framework (UNPAF) which covers the period of 2014-2018. The UNPAF is the vehicle for strategic partnerships and resource planning which will drive the programmes through which the UN Country Team (UNCT) will support Namibia in the implementation of the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4) and the realization of its development goals under Vision 2030.

What We Do

UNDP and the Government of Namibia signed a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement on the 22nd March 1990. This Agreement embodied the basic conditions under which the UNDP and its Executing Agencies shall assist the Government in carrying out its development projects, and under which such UNDP-assisted projects shall be executed.


UNDP in supports the Government of Namibia (GRN) in identifying key challenges in meeting its Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals by improving capacities at the national, regional and local levels.

Latest Namibia Report
Millennium Development Goals Interim Report 2013

The fourth Millennium Development Goals Report, 2013 is a joint effort by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the United Nations System in Namibia. This Report would not have been finalised without the support and leadership of the National Planning Commission (NPC) as well as the financial and technical support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It should be noted that this is regarded as an interim report to be updated as soon as new data become available from the 2012/13 Demographic and Health Survey and 2013 Labour Force Survey. The final report should be available by early 2014.