Education and skills

In order to address the limited capacity of the Education System to produce an adequate and educated workforce, this pillar will contribute toward the improvement of the education system and quality primary education in particular.

Institutional environment

This Pillar aims to contribute toward the overall capacity of government institutions to ensure realization of human rights and strengthening of the legislature to promote good governance, transparency and accountability in the public sector.

The GRN and UN agreed that

in order for this new

strategic partnership to

succeed it should be

founded on, and driven by,

the following principles:

Government ownership and leadership of national development processes: The Government shall set and direct the agenda of the new strategic partnership. Use of existing government systems: The UN coordination structures for the UNPAF shall nest into and utilise NDP 4 structures established for purposes of coordination, monitoring, evaluation and reporting at all levels. Full alignment of UN country programmes with the NDP 4: The UNPAF will be aligned, programmatically, to the NDP 4. In furtherance of national development goals and objectives, and at the request of the GRN, implementation through the UN system, where appropriate, of government-funded sector programmes and projects. Leveraging the limited available resources: The UN will support the GRN in its endeavour to increase coherence, efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and projects and undertake measures to deliver more efficient and targeted utilisation of the UN’s own resources and capacities. Progressive and sequenced movement towards Delivering as One: The UN shall move progressively and sequentially towards a nation.

UNPAF in Namibia

United Nations Partnership



The classification of Namibia as an Upper Middle Income country by the World Bank in 2009, has reduced access to development assistance to the country. The United Nations (UN) in Namibia acknowledges the major development gains made by the country since independence. Namibia has financial resources and world-class talent (although this is thinly spread) to make a difference in terms of development. This notwithstanding, the country still faces many institutional capacity, systemic and other development challenges which require effective partnerships to resolve. Global and national development priorities, coupled with the lessons learned from previous United Nations Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAF’s), has led to a new strategic approach for UN cooperation called the United Nations Partnership Framework 2014- 2018 (UNPAF).


To be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms.


Mission Statement: The UN, ‘Delivering as One’ in Namibia, uses its expertise to champion and support interventions aimed at addressing economic and social inequalities, thus contributing to prosperity, dignity, peace and the full realisation of human rights.

Why the new approach

The UNPAF recognises that the national development context and needs of Namibia as an Upper Middle Income Country have changed, necessitating a change in the nature of the UN’s engagement in development. This new approach seeks to build on the proven strengths of the UN to assist Namibia to build the necessary
capacity, institutions and skills to ensure that it maximises the returns on its massive social investments in terms of improved human development. The approach shifts UN engagement with Namibia from one based on development assistance to one of development partnership. The new approach emphasises Government ownership and leadership of national development processes full alignment of UNPAF with NDP 4 and use of existing government systems for coordination, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for UNPAF. It supports programme implementation through the UN system, and where appropriate, of government-funded sector programmes and projects, leveraging the limited available resources, and progressive and sequenced movement towards Delivering as One.

The New Partnership Framework


The new United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018 is the third strategic programme framework prepared by the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and the United Nations (UN) system since 1990. It describes the collective responses of the UN to development challenges prioritized by the government. The framework also speaks on the UN’s comprehensive support to government to meet those challenges through the following strategic initiatives:  Development of capacities of national institutions Fostering multi-disciplinary approaches to development  Provision of technical expertise and policy analysis and advisory support  Strengthening knowledge generation and management, and sharing of best practices  Facilitating south-south cooperation Promoting standards, norms and accountability mechanisms

The Four Pillars of the United Nations Partnership Framework


The focus of the UN in this pillar will be on strengthening health systems, combating priority diseases, and addressing the socio-economic determinants of health.

Poverty reduction (including issues

of vulnerability and gender equality)

With a focus on the poor and vulnerable groups, the UN will support the GRN in strengthening and expansion of the social protection system to reach and support the most vulnerable communities, address gender discrimination and violence, promote food security and mitigate against the impact of climate change.



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Partnership framework between GRN and UN for 2019-2023


Windhoek, 27 April 2018- The Director General of the National Planning Commission and Minister of Economic Planning, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho jointly launched the UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023 on Friday, 27 April at the UN House in Windhoek.
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