• Assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Residing in Osire Settlement in Namibia (PRRO 200061)
• Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Education to strengthen the Namibian School Feeding Programme
• Technical Assistance to the Office of the Prime Minister to strengthen food relief programmes
Assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Residing at the Osire Settlement (PRRO 200061)
Food assistance to refugees and asylum seekers has been ongoing since the first influx of Angolan refugees began in 1999. Prior to 2002, some 23,000 Angolans took refuge in Namibia. Namibia also hosts many refugees and asylum seekers from the Great Lakes region. Despite efforts on the part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration to repatriate these refugees and asylum seekers, some 3,500 remain in the Osire settlement.
Through this programme, WFP provides general food distribution to the refugees living in the settlement, maintains the nutritional status of malnourished children and mothers through supplementary feeding, and supplies food to refugees upon their departure. A Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) conducted in 2011 recommended continuation of food assistance to refugees until the end of 2012 along with enhanced efforts to support the Government of Namibia in identifying and implementing durable solutions to the problem. The JAM also concluded that only 3.1% of the refugee population are food-secure and that the remaining population remain dependant on food assistance for their survival.
The Government of Namibia is working with UNHCR and WFP to identify and implement durable solutions, including local integration and voluntary repatriation for the remaining 3,500 refugees.
Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Education to strengthen school feeding
WFP supports the Ministry of Education in Namibia to strengthen the Namibian School Feeding Programme (NSFP). The NSFP assists 270,000 orphans and vulnerable children and is planning to scale up to reach some 300,000 children. The programme assists the most vulnerable children by guaranteeing them a daily meal and access to education. WFP technical assistance is provided to strengthen the effectiveness of the programme. Support is focused on four main areas: i) policy support; ii) programme support (research, assessments, advocacy etc.); iii) training & experience sharing; and iv) monitoring and evaluation.
Technical Assistance to Office of the Prime Minister to strengthen relief programmes
WFP is providing technical support to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to strengthen relief programmes that respond to food needs resulting from natural disasters and other shocks. WFP and OPM are collaborating on strengthening national capacity to respond to emergency food security needs with particular focus on the following areas: i) logistics capacity assessment; ii) emergency food security analysis; iii) commodity management information systems; iv) emergency storage capacity; v) capacity building in logistics and emergency food security assessment.