Programme objectives

To prevent poverty by providing income security to the elderly population.

References
Barrientos, A. et al. 2010. “Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database.” Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper; Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper. Manchester, UK: Brooks World Poverty Institute. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? abstract_id=1672090>. UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
1992
References
In 1949 the first pension was established, but it was restricted to the white population. In 1992 the pension was extended to the black population. Reference: Pension Watch. n.d. “Country fact sheet – Namibia.” Pension Watch website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.pension-watch.net/country-fact-file/namibia/>.
Programme components
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
Barrientos, A. et al. 2010. “Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database.” Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper; Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper. Manchester, UK: Brooks World Poverty Institute. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? abstract_id=1672090>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Elderly people
Eligibility criteria
Beneficiaries must be: • citizens of Namibia; • 60 years old or older; and • not resident outside Namibia for more than six months.
References
UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
NAD600 per month (USD60)
References
Government of Namibia. 2013. 2013/14 Budget Statement. Windhoek: Government of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.pension-watch.net/silo/files/namibia-budget-201314.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
Benefit delivery mechanism
Beneficiaries can choose one of these delivery methods: automatic teller machines (ATMs), bank transfer or direct collection from designated post offices.
References
UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Benefit recipients
 
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
150,000 people (2010)
References
UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
NAD3.9 billion (2013)
References
Government of Namibia. 2013. 2013/14 Budget Statement. Windhoek: Government of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.pension-watch.net/silo/files/namibia-budget-201314.pdf>.
Institutions and agencies involved
Government of Namibia—Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS)
References
UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The MHSS administers the pension, and local pension officers investigate and register applications for the pension.
References
UN ESCAP. 2013. Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage. Bangkok: UN ESCAP. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unescapsdd.org/files/documents/EGM_SPToolbox_2013_Compendium -of-Good-Practices.pdf>.
Legal Framework
 
MIS
 
Stakeholder
Population Group
Elderly