Namibia was awarded a Pooled Fund grant in 2018, which allowed specialist staff to be hired who then worked to establish a new Civil Society Alliance (CSA).
The new CSA, known as the Nutrition and Food Security Alliance of Namibia (NAFSAN), was launched in 2019 with over 20 member organizations and committed individuals, representing civil society, academia and the private sector.
Thanks to the Pooled Fund grant, NAFSAN was able to establish itself within 18 months as a well-coordinated institution, with a clear mandate and work plan.
The Pooled Fund supported the developing CSA in order to position it as a partner to the government-led multi-stakeholder platform and as a key stakeholder in implementation. This, in turn, contributed to the legitimacy of the CSA for other institutional funding.
The Pooled Fund played a catalytic role in enabling the CSA to develop its institutional identity and strategic partnerships. Its successes may not have been as significant or even possible without its dedicated team, which was funded through the Pooled Fund grant.
Through ongoing engagement, NAFSAN secured permanent representation at the National Food and Nutrition Security Council and within the associated coordination system. The Namibian government also asked NAFSAN to play an active part in supporting the multi-stakeholder platform at the national and sub-national level.
The CSA contributed to the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy 2020–2030 and to the Nutrition Implementation Action Plan 2020–2025 through over 10 round-table consultations with its members. It also engaged and advocated with decision-makers at various levels, including 17 parliamentarians from different political parties.
The CSA secured 80,000 euros from German development agency GIZ for a one-year period, designated as organizational development support and to advance work on NAFSAN’s sustainability strategy.
The CSA also sought to formalize its support role to government – through direct funding from the government – based on the implementation of specific activities within the Nutrition Implementation Action Plan by NAFSAN member organizations.
Although most activities have been at national level, the CSA prioritized Namibia’s furthest-behind regions, home to some of the most marginalized communities, for sub-national activities. These have focused on women’s groups, young people and marginalized populations.
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