Photo: WFP/Richard Lee

Photo: WFP/Richard Lee

On 16 September 2011, the Republic of Namibia joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from HE Nahas Angula, the Prime Minister of Namibia. The Prime Minister was also the Interim Chairperson of the multi-sector, multi-stakeholder forum for nutrition, the Namibia Alliance for Improved Nutrition (NAFIN). NAFIN was established in 2010 to tackle the high levels of stunting in Namibia. The Ministry of Health was implementing nationwide nutrition specific programmes and nutrition relevant programmes were put in place b cross-sector ministries including agriculture, social protection and education.

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

The Namibian Alliance for Improved Nutrition (NAFIN) is the multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platform convened under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). It includes 10 ministries, development partners, civil society organisations (CSOs), the private sector and academia. The global non-profit organisation Synergos is the Secretariat of NAFIN. Specialised task forces and working groups have been created and are accountable to NAFIN. Plans are underway to establish a forum under NAFIN for Permanent Secretaries with participation from line ministries. NAFIN also aims to pilot regional coordination forums in order to better reach the community level.

United Nations (UN) agencies are well represented with the participation of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Health Development Partners Group (HDPG) is the Namibian Donor Network and UN agencies (WHO, UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United States Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Spanish Cooperation. The Namibia Non-Government Organisations Forum (NANGOF) Trust forms the umbrella for civil society engagement. Businesses Pupkewitz Foundation, Namib Mills and Namibia Diaries are fully engaged in the Food Fortification Technical Working Group chaired by the Namibian Agronomic Board.

Last updated: October 2015

The Multi-sectoral Nutrition Implementation Plan, Results Framework and Dashboard of Indicators serves as the costed Common Results Framework (CRF) for Nutrition National Plan for Namibia. All national development plans targeting nutrition by key ministries are aligned and reflected in the CRF. The Dashboard of Indicators helps decision makers view the status of key sectors’ contributions to nutrition in Namibia. The implementation of the CRF is monitored by NAFIN with the support of a number of sub-groups such as Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition, food fortification and food security groups and the malnutrition taskforce.

Progress is documented individually by line ministries, UN agencies, donors and civil society. A system for joint reporting on a regular basis is yet to be made available although a good security monitoring system has already been established.

Last updated: October 2015

The resources allocated for NAFIN from the Ministry of Finance is N$300,000 per year (US$30,000) annually and has increased from the past years.

The costed CRF is captured in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework budget of the government and is expected to support resource alignment by sectors and external stakeholders. There is agreement about the limited financial resources available and its allocation to nutrition between government and partners, but the amount of funds available has not been agreed upon.

The financial system of the Government of Namibia does not allow for a nutrition specific budget line, although, nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities are funded through other budget lines. A decline in external funding has created an increase in the financial gap for nutrition interventions in Namibia.

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 23.1%
Low Birth Weight 13.0%
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 48.5%
Under Five Wasting 7.1%
Under Five Overweight 4.1%
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 32.7%

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"We are all invited to be part of the commitment to make malnutrition in Namibia history.”

The Rt. Honorable Nahas Angula
Former Prime Minister of Namibia, NAFIN Convener and member of the SUN Lead Group

SUN Government Focal Point

  • Ms. Marjorie Van Wyk
  • Head of the Food and Nutrition Sub-Division
  • Directorate of Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Social Services

Donor Conveners


Graça Machel applauds Namibia for Strong Commitment to Scale Up Nutrition

Global Children’s Advocate and Child Rights Advocate, Mrs. Graca Machel arrived in Namibia on 20 November 2012 for a three day visit to support the government and its partners to accelerate efforts to scale up nutrition and reduce stunting in the country. The visit, hosted by the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Namibia was to highlight the urgent investments needed to reduce stunting (chronic malnutrition), poverty and inequalities facing the country.Read More ▶