WINDHOEK, SEPT 28 -The United Nations (UN) systems in Namibia on 23 September 2021
launched the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund) Joint Programme in
collaboration with the Government of Namibia to support the implementation of SDGs in
The two-year, USD 1 million programme aims to create the right conditions and capacities for
the alignment of public and private capital to the SDGs and the longer-term enhancement of the
quality and scale of financing. It also aims to reinforce the national SDG Financing Architecture
Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, Director General of the National Planning Commission said the
Government will continue working with partners to support long-term investments needed for
the sustainable development agenda.
“We gladly welcome this initiative as it contributes to the spirit of partnership,” he said in a
statement delivered on his behalf by Ms. Wilhencia Uiras, NPC Executive Director.
“Namibia as an Upper Middle-Income Country faces challenges with mobilizing all possible
forms of development finance, (both private and public, domestic and international) to achieve
its development. This calls for us to be more creative, determined, and innovative in our efforts.”
said Mr. Sen Pang, UN Namibia Resident Coordinator.
Pang also reiterated the importance of collaboration. “Partnership enables us to pool our
resources, skills and expertise, in order to achieve our shared objectives. ‘I call upon all of us to
implement jointly,” he stated.
The Joint Programme will be implemented under the leadership of the government within the
existing government coordination mechanism, with UN support under the United
Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF). The lead implementing Government agency will be
the Ministry of Finance, with the national coordinating authority of the National Planning
Commission, inclusive of other key Ministries including, the Ministry of Labour, Industrial
Relation and Employment Creation and the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication
and Social Welfare.
The UN System will support the Government in the operationalization of the Joint Programme
through evidence generation, advocacy and policy advice, technical assistance, capacity
development, partnerships and systems strengthening.
UNFPA will be responsible for advancing gender responsive budgeting within the national
financing framework through capacity building, tools development and advancing policy
The agency will also lead the activity to undertake a detailed analysis of the 2021/22 National
Budget to assess the extent to which it is gender and employment responsive while maximizing
investments in key social sectors.
The Representative of UNFPA Namibia, Sheila Roseau stated that although Namibia is
performing well in the area of gender representation in governance, much work remains to be
done to ensure Namibians fully experience the gender equality envisaged in the Constitution and
“The ambitions of the national development and, indeed the SDG agenda, particularly Goal 5,
will only be met if we can achieve transformative financing, both in scale and scope, from all
sources and at all levels,” she stressed. – NDN Staffer