Namibia

Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 2.403 million
  • Population under 15: 37%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 64.8 years
  • Human Development Index: 126 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Upper Middle Income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence (age 15-49): 16%
  • Mean Household Composition: 4.2 members
  • Female-Headed Households: 44%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years):  7%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2013

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Mr Vuyani Patrick Ntanjana & Mr Fezile July - Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund1 Jan 2014

The purpose of the ‘Imbeleko and social connectedness’ project was to conduct a cross-sectional study in order to explore and describe indigenous ways of care and support to inform policy and intervention.

Better Care Network 15 Mar 2013

This country care review includes the Concluding Observations for the Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted as part of its examination of Namibia’s combined second and third periodic reports at the 61th Session of the Committee held between 17 September and 5 October 2012, as well as other care-related concluding observations, ratification dates, and links to the Universal Periodic Review and Hague Intercountry Adoption Country Profile.

Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Government of Republic of Namibia1 Jun 2012

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) of Namibia released the 2012 Foster Care Standards and Guidelines which are aimed to guide social workers and other service providers in recruiting, assessing, training, matching, supporting, supervising and monitoring foster care services. The Foster Care Guidelines assist in translating the Standards into day-to-day practices. These Standards and Guidelines with accompanying training manuals were prepared to strengthen supported family-based care for vulnerable and marginalized children.

Southern African Development Community1 Jan 2011

The Minimum Package is a guide to encourage the harmonizing of service delivery for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Namibian Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare20 Dec 2010

Report assessing the existing framework for foster care in light of the realities of Namibian foster care in practice. Based on information about foster care frameworks and guardianship legislation in other countries, recommendations are provided for new approaches to foster care and foster care grants which could be incorporated into Namibia’s forthcoming Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA).

Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW), Legal Assistance Center, UNICEF20 Dec 2010

This document provides a summary of the various forms of consultation undertaken during the revision of the Child Care and Protection Bill. It provides a basis for future law reform processes and presents an excellent example of how to include children and the public in the law-making process.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)13 Oct 2010

This Situation Analysis Report is one of a series of three documents: (1) Report on the Situation of Orphans and Vulnerable and Children and Youth in the SADC Region; (2) Conceptual Framework for Psychosocial Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in the SADC Region; and (3) Minimum Package of Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in the SADC Region. The Situation Analysis Report has informed the development of the PSS Framework and the Minimum Package of Services.

UNICEF Namibia 26 Apr 2010

UNICEF Namibia with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare plans to undertake a consultancy with the overall outcome of strengthening supported formal foster care systems.

Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare 1 Mar 2009

This Minimum Standards for Residential Child Care Facilities in Namibia is designed to assist child care service providers, ministerial staff, social welfare partners, and other stakeholders concerned with the quality of child care, to establish, maintain and manage high quality care services for children in Namibia

SADC Secretariat1 Jan 2008

This study sought to assess, analyse and inform the different forms of vulnerabilities affecting children and youth, and their effects and existing strategies and programmes addressing the challenges and vulnerabilities facing orphans, vulnerable children and youth (OVCY) in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. The study also sought to propose recommendations for improvement, and development of minimum standards for OVCY and the finalisation of the SADC OVCY Strategic Framework.

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