Windhoek, 10 October 2019 – The Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) through the National Planning Commission (NPC) together with the United Nations (UN) in Namibia convened the 5th Development Partners Forum (DPF) at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM).
The forum brought together representatives from government ministries, international organisations, diplomatic missions, civil society, academia and stakeholders from all spheres of the Namibian economy in an effort to galvanize development efforts and build on the impetus needed to strengthen systems and processes to address socio economic challenges and tackle critical issues faced by the people of Namibia. It serves as one of the highest-level coordinating bodies of its kind in the country.
Hon. Obeth M. Kandjoze, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the NPC highlighted during his opening remarks, “This gathering is organised much in accordance with the principles of Paris Declaration to which Namibia is a signatory since 2007. The objective being to ensure Coordination of Development Partners to promote synergy in the implementation of mechanisms aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of development endeavours by all stakeholders such that all efforts contributes to the achievements of our National Development Plans (NDPs) currently NDP5 and while ultimately will feed into both Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The Partners Forum ensures policy coordination at the strategic level leading to greater effectiveness, transparency and accountability. The Minister said, “This way of doing business facilitates the securing of linkages between the medium- to long-term national strategic priorities and resources allocation process, while ensuring that external assistance is deliberately targeted towards Government priorities as outlined in our various relevant planning frameworks most notably the overarching Vision 2030, supplemented by the National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.”
The National Planning Commission convenes the Development Partners Forum on an annual basis to enhance coordination, both inter sectoral and among partners to realise the efficient and effective utilisation of the limited resources.
Speaking on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Ms. Dennia Gayle, UNFPA Representative emphasised the importance of Sustainable Development Goal number 17, underlining the fact that “Broad partnerships between the Government, international organisations, civil society, academia and individuals offer a great and untapped potential for accelerated achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the national development plans.”
She further added, “Today is an excellent opportunity for us to exchange ideas on ongoing and planned support and to explore how to do more and to ‘Harambee’ – pull together to help Namibia achieve its goals and targets as set out in the NDP 5” she concluded.
The high-level Development Partners Forum took place as the country is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history, placing drought and relief programmes as one of the important agenda items discussed. The forum deliberated on the outcomes of the Economic Summit held earlier this year as well as the implementation of the Logistics Hub programme. They were also provided with highlights from the Minister’s regional visit report of 2018/2019, including the UN General Assembly. Furthermore, an update on the implementation progress for the National Development Plan (NDP5) was also brought to the attention of development partners.
The Forum participants echoed an appreciation toward NPC for convening the meeting to bolster coordination efforts in various sectors and explore on possible ways to tackle national development challenges, identified in the National Development Plans (NDP)s, especially in line with emerging issues such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Africa Agenda 2063 and the war on poverty.
The Forum participants cemented their ongoing commitment to delivering results in terms of enhancing Namibia’s macro-economic stability, encouraging private investments while protecting the most vulnerable. The platform called on greater urgency and renewed focus for collective efforts in delivering results for those left furthest behind.