Moving from Food Bank to Cash Transfers

Government / Namibia

Government of the Republic of Namibia

Commitment made: 15 Mar 2022
Related event: 2021 Tokyo N4G Summit
Targeted location (aggregate)

National - All of Namibia, with focus on areas where marginalised indigenous communities reside.

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Commitment description

The Namibia Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare commits to revise and convert the Food Bank, Special Feeding for Marginalised Communities and Marginalized Grant into a monthly cash transfer, as a first step to phase in a Conditional Basic Income Grant over 5 years (from 1 January 2022 through 31 December 2025). Progress will be assessed using the Second Harambee Prosperity Plan Programme Delivery Unit monthly meetings. NAD 424,095.00 annually have been secured by the government to cover the associated costs.

Global Nutrition Targets

Under-5 stunting
Under-5 wasting

Nutrition Action Classification across all goals


  • Financial
  • Operational
  • Leadership and governance
  • Research monitoring and data


  • Food environment
  • Food supply chain
  • Consumer knowledge
  • Nutrition care services


  • Undernutrition
  • Diet
  • Obesity and diet-related NCDs
  • Food and nutrition security

N4G themes covered by goals

  • Food
  • Health
  • Resilience
  • Data
  • Financing

Total funding and costs across all goals

Funders Government of the Republic of Namibia
Funding mechanism Public
Cost secured N$ 2,500,000 of the total costs have been partally secured, yet further funding and development and scaling up of this approach required, and for additional stakeholders to come on board.
Total costs estimated Yes, and the amount publicly disclosed
Currency (NAD) - Namibian dollar
Cost amount 14,000,000.0
$USD equivalent 851,000.0 (World Bank average exchange rate for 2021)

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