The Harambee Prosperity Plan should be more action-oriented in order to improve the lives of poor Namibians.
This was former United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho’s parting shot when she launched of the United Nations Partnership Framework 2.0 (UNPAF).
Gbeho said HPP should address issues such unemployment that stands at 38 percent for women and 43 percent when it comes to youth unemployment. She said the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) should start changing the livelihoods of the people of Namibia as well as eradicate poverty and end Aids by 2030. In a practical fashion, this means the provision of the necessary care and treatment for the 237 000 people living with HIV in Namibia.
She also indicated that winning the war on poverty will require a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from the government of Namibia and all parties involved.
“Harambee will have to move away from being just a noun because we need to reach the 18 percent of the population still classified as poor and the women and men who are furthest behind, this task is the most difficult of all.” said Gbeho.
Gbeho noted that through UNPAF 2.0 which is the second generation partnership framework, these challenges can be worked on.
UNPAF provides a system-wide overview of the UN system engagement and functions in Namibia for the period 2019 to 2023. It contributes to four main areas, Economic Progression, Social Transformation, Environmental Sustainability and Good Governance.
The framework which reflects the aspirations articulated in Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and AU Agenda 2063, at a national level is fully aligned with Vison 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), NDP5, HPP and the blue print for wealth redistribution and poverty eradication.
“UNPAF is strategic and innovative in addressing Namibia’s challenges. It is not about business as usual because it is clear in the game changes because it gives primacy to maintaining and building new partnerships – this is evident by the wider range of participants” noted Gbeho. UNPAF also seeks to strengthen data systems as well as focus on integrated planning, budgeting and implementation.
“It includes area based programming in support of government’s efforts to decentralize and strengthen service delivery in one approach, UN agencies that are not based in Namibia but are supporting programs of UNPAF can also be found in this frame work” she said.
Gbeho also revealed that more funding has also been allocated for this framework, as the figures from the first framework has doubled and currently budget currently stands at U$D 156 million. “Addressing the last mile challenge calls on all of us to build on these success and work in partnership to working towards addressing many issues. I am excited about this framework as it recognises the challenges and builds on Namibia’s solid development foundation to ensure that no one feels left out” she highlighted. In addition, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze who signed the UNPAF Partnership Framework noted Namibia’s partnership with the UN systems is honoured with pride. Of special notice is its development arm as represented by different specialized agencies which is to support and witness the actualization of our development agenda.
“The UNs support in Namibia is constantly seeking to adapt to the fast-shifting dynamics of a vibrant state transiting to higher levels of growth and income whilst grappling with the challenges of evenly sharing that prosperity across all sectors of society” he said.
Kandjoze explained that the country through NDP5 had expressed its development priorities and remain cognizant of the new reality of diminishing development support and its guiding principle in the development of the new Partnership Framework. “UNPAF should ensure that we continue to work in unison towards a common goal because it ties in well with the old adage that finds its meaning in NDP 5 that ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go with the people’, Kandjoze highlighted.
The Patriot has it on good authority that a submission was made for the downgrade of Namibia from an upper middle income country to a low middle income country on par with Swaziland now called e-Swatini. Economies are divided according to Gross National Income per capita. The last categorisation was done in 2015.
According to the World Bank Atlas Method the categories are as follows :
Low income – 31 Countries
Lower middle income – 51 Countries
Upper middle income – 53 Countries
High income: non-OECD – 48 Countries
High income: OECD – 32 Countries
It is believed that this downgrade will be beneficial to Namibia as it will attract better funding options for the purposes of the UNPAF for the next five years. The decision will be made in Geneva, Switzerland.