Poverty Reduction

Namibia has one of the least equal distributions of income and wealth, and increasingly, access to productive resources and basic services, in the world. While this structural inequality has its origin in colonialism and apartheid rule, it has also been sustained by policy and programme implementation constraints over the post- Independence era.

Our Goals

Our efforts are aimed at improving capacities at national, regional and local level for integrating the Millennium Development Goals, National Development Plans and supporting the country towards the achievement of Vision 2030.more

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Community Garden Project

Woman selling produce from a community garden project. Through MDG-F funding from the Spanish Co-operation, UNDP supported 15 income generating projects in 9 regions. This initiative is economically empowering rural women and girls, to take care of the basic needs of their families. Photo - UNDP

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Projects and Initiatives

The Impact of Public Work Programs (PWPs) on Employment Creation, Poverty Reduction and Addressing Inequality in Namibia

This project was in line with the National Poverty Reduction Action Programme (Action 40). Action 40 stipulated that the government was going to establish a statutory, representative organization known as the Namibian Labor Based Works Forum to oversee the harmonization of the range of labor –intensive public works programmes to ensure that they operate in a coordinated and efficient manner. more

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Our Publications
Poverty Dynamics Report in Namibia

This report presents an up-to-date comparative analysis of poverty patterns and trends in Namibia, based on the results of the Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Surveys (NHIES). The NHIES is a comprehensive survey collecting data on income, consumption and expenditure patterns of households. Three survey undertakings have been completed since independence (1993/1994. 2003/2004 and 2009/2010), with each survey covering a twelve months period. This report focuses on all three survey rounds, tracing poverty trends in Namibia between 1993 and 2010. The report presents poverty incidence and poverty gaps for both poor and severely poor.

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