• UN supports DRM in Namibia

      The Government of Namibia recently requested the United Nations, to undertake a skills audit of the National Disaster Risk Management (DRM) System of the country. In response, the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) Partnership organized a scoping mission, with the objective to clearly define the scope, thematic focus, modality and timeline of engagement in Namibia.

    • UNDP visits Tsumeb Smelter

      The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Technical Advisor on Extractive Sector Initiatives, Dr. Audrey Cash, recently embarked on a familiarization trip to Dundee Precious Metals in Tsumeb, to engage the stakeholders in the Tsumeb Extractives Sector. These efforts are geared towards the preparation of the upcoming Extractives Conference which will examine environmental management, of this sector in Namibia.

    • UN RC Presents a paper at the Foreign Policy Review in Namibia

      The RC to Namibia, Ms. Kiki Gbeho presented a paper at the Foreign Policy Review Conference, hosted by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, at NIPAM. The paper gives an overview of the United Nations contribution towards Poverty Eradication and its role in shaping Foreign Policy both nationally and globally. Thoughts were provided as to how Namibia could use its Foreign Policy to accelerate development in order to eradicate poverty and inequality.

    • African Drought Conference Launched in Namibia

      Christine //Hoebes, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of Namibia, officially launched the African Drought Conference in Windhoek, on the 1st of June 2016. Government officials, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Kiki Gbeho, members of the private sector pledged to unite Africa to strengthen resilience to drought events on the continent.

    • UNDP Namibia supports government to develop and launch EIA Guidelines

      The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in collaboration with UNDP Namibia launched the Guidelines for Integrating HIV and Gender-Related issues into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Capital Projects. Namibia is the first country among ten who are part of a regional pilot project to review the environmental assessment process,and to have developed and launched these country specific guidelines.

    • The UNCT Maps on the UNPAF's Four Pillars

      DID YOU KNOW: The Kavango East and West Regions in Namibia combined have the highest percentage of poor people in the country, with 53.2% of the Region Classified as "poor"; followed by the the Oshikoto region at 42.6%. "severely poor" refers to the total number of households who spend more than 80% of their income on food, while "poor" refers to the population that spends more than 60% of their income on food.

    • UNDP RR's Familiarization trip to Klein Karas.

      UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho recently undertook an orientation mission to one of the NAMPLACE community level socio economic projects in Klein Karas, in Keetmanshoop, which is supported by UNDP. The Commissioner of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the Programme Manager of NAMPLACE, the EIF Director, and Godwana representatives, also accompanied the mission.

    • UNDP at 50 Celebration

      UNDP Namibia celebrated its 50th anniversary on the 24 February 2015, together with its key stakeholders and partners, and with the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, as the guest of honour.

    • Official Launch of the Human Development Report 2015

      United Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia Launched the Human Development Report (HDR) of 2015 on 15th December 2015. The HDR under the theme "Work for Human Development" was launched in Windhoek by the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning, Ms Lucia Iipumbu, the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Africa Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. The report addressed the fundamental questions "How work can be rethought for Human Development and "How to Enrich Human Development". The HDR 2015 also focused on the three basic dimensions: to lead a long and health life, to acquire Knowledge and ability to achieve a decent standard of living. The report highlighted the progress of the Human Development over the past century. Today there are more children going to school, people have access to clean water and good sanitation. The report particularly followed shortly after the UN Sustainable Development Summit adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 8’s explicit emphasis on work: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

    • Visit to Etosha National Park (ENP)

      On 28 August 2015, the UNDP team visited several Government-UNDP/GEF Project sites in Etosha. ENP is Namibia’s oldest National Park. The Park covers an area of 22,270 km2 and is one of Southern Africa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries.

    • UNDP Youth Development Fund Official Launch

      The United Nations Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Wilderness Safari officially launched it s Youth Development Fund of Namibia. The Youth Development Fund is in initiative that was started as a pilot in November 2014 and is aimed at assisting out of school youth for training in field guides courses. The youth are trained by Mr Johan Fourie of Wilderness Safaris and Mr. Siegfriedth Bantu !Aebeb from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service as well as assistance from associates within the Tourism sector. Trainings are conducted at the various Youth centres across the country and participants are unemployed youth from all the 13 Regions of Namibia. Wilderness Safaris has done such trainings in the past but due to financial constraints, had stopped doing so. The increasing need for field guides and increasing unemployment amongst the youth inspired the revival of this training program and gave birth to the Youth Development Fund of Namibia.

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    • Youth Environment Summit, Waterberg Plateau National Park

      In celebration of the 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre successfully organized and ran the sixth Youth Environmental Summit (YES), co-funded by the German government’s cooperation agency,GIZ, Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and Gobabeb Centre, focusing on biodiversity and sustainable development at the Waterberg Plateau Park.

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    • Unconventional Landscapes: Protected Areas Expansion in Namibia

      Despite its arid lands, Namibia is rich in biodiversity. To date, it has 20 state-run protected areas comprising nearly 17% of the country’s total land area. These protected areas are a centrepiece of Namibia’s tourism industry, which in turn sustainably supports the country’s economic development.

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    • 2015 Poverty Mapping and the Namibia Multiple Index of Deprivation Reports Launch

      23 April 2015, the Government of the Republic of Namibia in partnership with UNDP launched the Namibia Poverty Mapping and the Namibia Index on Multiple Deprivation reports. These reports were launched jointly by the Honourable Tom Alweendo, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission and Honourable Zephaniah Kameeta, Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Unlike earlier analyses of poverty in Namibia, the Namibia Poverty Mapping report provides a detailed analysis of spatial distribution of and trends in poverty headcount at regional and constituency levels using a combination of the 2003/04 and 2009/10 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Surveys; and the 2001 and 2011 Namibia Population and Housing census data.

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    • 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.

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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.

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Human Development Report 2015

The 2015 Human Development Report is the product of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Human development is about anlarging human choices- focusing on the richness lives rather than simply the richness of economies. Critical to this process is work, which engages people all over the world in different ways and takes up a major part of their lives. Of the 7.3 billion people, 3.2 billion are in jobs, and others engage in care work, creative work, voluntary work or other kinds of work or are preparing themselves as future workers.

The Sustainable Development Goal with the most direct implications for sustainable work is goal 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic grouth, full and productive employement, and decent work for all), and its accociated targets, which spell out some of the implications for sustainable work.

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