Namibia’s social protection systems must be strengthened: Kapewangolo

15 Jul 2019 19:00pm
RUNDU, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) said there is a great need to strengthen the country’s social protection systems to arrest poverty amongst the most vulnerable in the communities.
Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Deputy Minister, Aino Kapewangolo, said this during the workshop for the Social Protection Policy and Decentralisation of the Social Welfare Function held at Rundu on Monday.
The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) is mandated to lead and coordinate national efforts to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality in Namibia.
It is currently conducting the said workshops, engaging various stakeholders in all 14 regions of the country.
Kapewangolo said MPESW is coordinating the formulation of the National Social Protection Policy intended to create a social protection system that is efficient and effective in addressing risks and vulnerabilities that people face in different stages of their lives.
The ministry also intends to decentralise the Social Welfare Function and subsequently the Decentralisation Action and Decentralisation Implementation Plans, which necessitated the consultative meetings at the regional level.
“The country’s social protection system is regarded as comprehensive when compared to many systems in Africa, especially Southern Africa,” she said.
However, the system is still largely fragmented and exclusive with a lack of effective synergy of social protection policies, hence the need for social protection reforms, she added.
The deputy minister said President Hage Geingob, through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, tasked the ministry to investigate the feasibility of consolidating the social grants into a more effective coordinated safety net.
“The ministry took up the call as per their mandate to coordinate the drafting of the Social Protection Policy, and most of the interventions in the draft policy are not new but require strengthening in order to address the basic needs of the people to lift them out of abject poverty,” Kapewangolo said.
The workshop here ends on Tuesday.