Programme objectives
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
1960
References
Since the enactment of the 1960 Children’s Act. Reference: Government of the Republic of Namibia. 2008. “Presentation to Brazil-Africa Cooperation Programme on Social Protection Promotion to African Countries.” Presentation, Brasìlia, Brazil, 25–29 August. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.ipc-undp.org/doc_africa_brazil/Namibia.pdf>.
Programme components
This is one of the country’s four child/family allowances (the others are: the Child Maintenance Grant, Places of Safety Allowance and Special Maintenance Grant).
References
Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Conditionalities (if any)
School attendance is required of children over 7 years of age.
References
Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 1 July 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511- 1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Children
Eligibility criteria
The grant is given to citizens and permanent residents who are the caregivers of a child placed in their custody.
References
Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
NAD250 for the first child plus NAD100 for each additional child (without limits to the number of children).
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>. US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
 
Benefit recipients
Eligible caregivers
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>. Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The grant lasts for the duration of the foster care period.
References
Chiripanhura, B.M., and M. Niño-Zarazúa. n.d. Social safety nets in Namibia: Structure, effectiveness and the possibility for a universal cash transfer scheme. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com. na/88/8836bf27-7f47-4b0c-9744-f124611e6abb.pdf>.
Coverage
17,825 people
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 1 July 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511- 1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
The Child Maintenance Grant and the Foster Care Grant have a combined yearly budget of NAD348.1 million (2013).
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 1 July 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511- 1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Institutions and agencies involved
Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 1 July 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba-5585-4471-9511- 1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
 
Legal Framework
 
MIS
 
Stakeholder
Population Group
Children