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Southern Africa / Namibia


Sanitation Verdict 0/20
Water Verdict 0/20
WASH % of gov. budget N/A
Key Facts
HDI Position (UNDP) 128/187
Population (millions, World Bank) 2.32
Child mortality rate (UNICEF) 135/1000
Annual child diarrhoea deaths (UNICEF) 121

The majority of data on this country page was provided by Traffic Lights Publication 2011 from UNICEF/WaterAid/WSP

Sanitation Policy

(Monitoring the eThekwini declaration)

Last edited by Traffic Lights Publication 2011 at UNICEF/WaterAid/WSP 9 months ago

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Category Criteria Rating Justification
Verdict (out of 20) 0
Policy Did they sign eThekwini? N/A
Is there a national sanitation policy? N/A

Water and Sanitation Policy (WASP) of 1993 revised WSASP in 2008.

Is there one national sanitation plan to meet the MDG target? N/A

A five year National Sanitation Strategy ( NSSP) awaiting Cabinet approval

Institutions What profile is given to sanitation within the PRSP? N/A

Included in the National Development Plan 3 2008- 2012 as a sub-sector under thematic area quality of life, sector health. With annual budget broken down between urban and rural.

Is there a principal accountable institution to take leadership? N/A

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) assigned a new mandate of National Sanitation Coordination and provision of services in rural areas as per WSASP 2008. Resources with stakeholders still being negotiated and a capacity development plan awaiting development.

Is there one coordinating body involving all stakeholders? N/A

The Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination (DWSSC) within MAWF and the establishment of the Water and Sanitation Sector Coordination Forum (WATSAN) as per NSSP.

Finance Is there a specific public sector budget line for sanitation? N/A

Budget line for water exists with stakeholders providing budgetary support to line ministry. Discussions still ongoing as to how sanitation and hygiene promotion will be supported since the two are now in two different line ministries.

Is 0.5% of GDP allocated to sanitation? N/A

Under discussion as part of the NSSP. The plan has 95% of budget earmarked for construction of latrines at between 90-100% subsidy and construction of urban sewage systems.

Is there a sanitation monitoring and evaluation (M+E) system? N/A

Recommended in the WSASP and NSSP.

Monitoring Do institutional sanitation programs include gender aspects? N/A
Verdict (out of 20) 0

WASH Finance

Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions)

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Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget

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Financial indicators 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Gov. WASH Budget as % of total budget N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget as % of GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH budget (current $US, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. WASH Budget (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gov. budget for sanitation only (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total Gov. budget (local currency, millions) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
GDP (current $US, millions, IMF) 8,930 11,100 12,300 12,300 12,300
Average $US exchange rate for that year ( 8.47 7.32 7.26 7.26 7.26
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Namibia: Access To WASH in 2011 (JMP 2013)

Water Sanitation
93% 32%

There are a number of ways to measure the proportion of people that have access to sanitation and water in a country. Governments often use a combination of management information systems and household surveys.

The official data which the UN uses to monitor progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) comes from the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). JMP aggregates data from household surveys carried out by governments. shows JMP data because it is comparable across countries and uses the MDG definitions of access to sanitation and water. Some Governments prefer to quote the latest data from their household surveys, the best source of this information is the national statistics bureau or equivalent.

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