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      • Meet the UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho

        01 Feb 2017

        Ms. Kiki Gbeho is the current United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Namibia. She hails from Ghana. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Gbeho served the United Nations for over 20 years in various complex environments including in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. She also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York managing United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAs) operations in East and Southern Africa. She also headed the OCHA Somalia office during the severe drought crises in the Horn of Africa and the 2011 Somalia famine.   Ms. Gbeho’s first assignment as an UN official in Namibia dates back to 1989 when she served as an electoral officer under UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) in Swakopmund. Subsequently, Ms. Gbeho also served in Peace-keeping operations in Cambodia and Iraq. Between 1997 and 1998, she worked as an assistant to the Spokesperson of the United Nation’s mission in Iraq. This experience proved crucial when Ms. Gbeho assumed the role of an Information Officer in Sudan in the years 1998 – 2000 and that of a Programme Officer in World Food Programme (WFP) in the same country between  Read More

      • Namibia can be a good development example-UN

        26 Nov 2015

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        Touching Base... Kiki Gbeho meets deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah when she was deployed to Namibia.

        THE United Nations resident coordinator for Namibia, Kiki Gbeho, is a very optimistic woman. She says despite what is going on in the world today, it is a better place than it was while growing up in her home country, Ghana. “There are now less deaths from preventable diseases,” she says while sitting on the edge of her chair at the UN offices in Klein Windhoek on Tuesday. She admits however that business is getting complicated because of the security dimension and that the violence raging across the world poses a big risk to Africa's bid in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The challenge, she says, rests with the leaders who need to make sure that the youth have other options to pursue. Giving the example of Somalia, Gbeho says most of the youth in the east African country have never known peace. Gbeho has served the United Nations for over 20 years in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.  From what she saw when serving all these countries, Gbeho believes that Namibia can become the best practice, a good example of what development means in Africa. “I am so excited about Namibia. You have good policies, good government and technicians  Read More

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