Agenda 2030 Partnership – Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Namibia

Project description

Title: Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Namibia
Commisioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ))
Country: Namibia
Lead executing agency: National Planning Commission (NPC)
Overall term: 2017 bis 2020


Ringvorlesung „Welt im Wandel: Agenda 2030“


Namibia is classified by the World Bank as an upper-middle-income country. However, inequality of assets is higher here than in practically every other country in the world. Despite the high growth rates in recent years, large sections of the population live below the poverty line. Around 30 per cent of the Namibian population are deemed to be poor, and about 15 per cent live in extreme poverty. Namibia therefore ranks only 126th out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index (as at 2014).

Namibia's President Hage Geingob aims to eliminate poverty in the country by 2025. At the United Nations summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Namibia once again underlined the importance of the fight against poverty. The Government emphasised that the country supports the 2030 Agenda. The Namibian government sees itself as an "early mover" to the 2030 Agenda.

However, Namibia does not have a separate strategy; instead, it refers to its own development plans, including the National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Both plans contribute to achieving the long-term Vision 2030 development goal.

An evaluation of NDP 4 showed that the plan is lagging behind targets and forecasts. As a result, NDP 4 was allocated an even greater share of the Namibian Government's draft budget. In the future, therefore, the budget should be better aligned with the development priorities. It was also decided that implementation progress should be reviewed more regularly. This is to achieve the development goals faster.


The project creates the conditions to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Namibia. 


This will improve development planning, mobilize domestic resources, and strengthen capacity to review and evaluate implementation.

The Namibian government is building on close cooperation with German institutions such as the German Council for Sustainable Development and the Federal Statistical Office. Here, mutual learning is in the foreground. In addition, the National Statistics Agency is advised on the coordination of the national statistical system. The Ministry of Finance is involved in the re-establishment of the revenue authority from the beginning, for example, in the development of the organization. In coachings, employees and executives of the national planning commission learn how to link and prioritize national goals and the sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda


Namibia's current figures for the 17 SDGs have been recorded. The working relations have been established between the German Council for Sustainable Development and the German Federal Statistical Office . Key elements have been drawn up as the basis for setting up the Namibia Revenue Agency (e.g. legal basis, organisational structure, human resources strategy).