10 Jul 2019 12:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 JUL (NAMPA) The Social Protection Policy aims to address vulnerabilities, tackle social exclusion and eradicate poverty, the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta has reiterated.
Kameeta was speaking at the regional consultation on the draft Social Protection Policy and decentralisation of social welfare functions here on Tuesday.
Close to 50 stakeholders attended the meeting.
The minister said it is well known that Namibia has been faced with challenges of high levels of inequality and poverty at independence, adding that although a significant decline in poverty has since been observed, inequality still persists.
This situation restricts economic growth and reinforces itself through high levels of unemployment, triggering economic and social risks to the vulnerable ones of our society, said Kameeta.
The minister said the draft policy adopts a broad view of social protection as it is composed of social assistance, social insurance, social welfare services and labour market policies as well as a range of public and sometimes private instruments to enable Namibians to manage risks, cope with vulnerabilities, eradicate poverty and reduce inequality.
Most of the interventions and programmes in the draft policy are not new but require strengthening, acceleration, enhanced coverage and adequacy in order to address the basic needs of our people and lift them out of abject poverty, he added.
The Social Protection Policy outlines various social protection reforms to strengthen existing programmes, reach more people with services and increase efficiency.
According to Kameeta, the policy seeks to achieve employment creation and empowered women and youth, sustained old age and disability income security, improved food and nutrition security, inclusion of marginalised people and affordable housing.
The ministry is conducting regional meetings seeking input on the policy that will be presented to Cabinet and the president in September this year.