Risk Profile

Floods and drought largely affect Namibia. In the past four years, Namibia has been experiencing persistent drought with a peak in 2016 due to El Ninõ. In June 2016, the Government declared drought emergency. It is estimated that over a quarter of the population is food insecure.

CADRI Support

At the request of the Government of Namibia, an inter-agency capacity assessment of the disaster risk management (DRM) system took place between May and September 2016 with the aim to take stock of its existing capacities, needs and gaps and provide a set of prioritized recommendations for capacity development in areas identified as requiring adjustment. The exercise was supported by the UN System through the UN Country Team in Namibia, CADRI and experts deployed through the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system.

Capacity Assessment in DRR

The CADRI Partnership was mobilized to facilitate a capacity and skills assessment of the national DRM system focusing on drought preparedness and response capacities, as well as more generic disaster management capacities. The capacity assessment was led by representatives of the Directorate Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, supported by the United Nations (UN) Country Team in Namibia and an international team composed of 5 UN agency experts (OCHA; UNDP; FAO; WHO; IOM) and 7 United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) experts (representatives of Governments of: South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Germany, Estonia and Map Action). The international team was convened under the auspices of the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), the largest UN-led partnership delivering capacity development support on DRM to countries at risk.

The capacity assessment included interviews with approximately 35 institutions (21 at the central level and 14 at local level), and comprised field trips to 4 Regions presenting various risk profiles: Ohangwena, Zambezi, Khomas and Hardap. The Office of the Prime Minister validated the findings and the CADRI recommendations will inform the DRM Policy revision and on-going institutional reform at national and decentralized level. The UN System committed to support implementation of immediate actions through the UN Preparedness and Response Plan.