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, Foster Parent Grant and Places of Safety Allowance).
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)
 
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 11 November 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
For citizens and permanent residents younger than 16 years old with disabilities or visual impairment. A social background report from a social worker and a state-issued medical certificate are required.
References
Bank of Namibia. 2013. Social Safety Nets in Namibia: assessing current programmes and future options - 15th Annual Symposium. Windhoek: Bank of Namibia. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba- 5585-4471-9511-1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
NAD250 per child
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 biological parents/caregivers
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>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
In 2008, family allowances (which include the Child Maintenance Grant, Foster Parent Grant, Places of Safety Allowance and Special Maintenance Grant) reached a total of 250,000 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 11 November 2015. <https://www.bon.com.na/CMSTemplates/Bon/Files/bon.com.na/0f/0fa7f5ba- 5585-4471-9511-1a42811bd0d1.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
 
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 11 November 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