Government coordination crucial for poverty eradicationÔÇöKameeta

The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta said the synchronization and coordination between Government Offices, Ministries and Agencies (OMAs) will be crucial to the eradication of poverty.

Speaking at the regional dialogues on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication at Outapi in the Omusati region, Kameeta said the Ministry will play a crucial role in ensuring that a myriad of initiatives and programs which relate to poverty eradication and social welfare are executed by the different Government Offices, Ministries and Agencies.

“According to statistics, the overall poverty rate was halved to 29% between 1994 and 2010. However, in his maiden State of the Nation address, His Excellency President Hage Geingob stated that even at 10% or 5%, poverty will still be high. Therefore, the journey towards a prosperous Namibia is still long and requires immense work,” stressed Kameeta.

Kameeta said the key objective of the dialogue about poverty eradication was to build national consensus and stimulate inclusive and innovative proposals from the public on how to effectively and sustainably drive a national wealth redistribution agenda, which points to high levels of skewedness, with resources only vested in a handful few.

“As alluded to that poverty eradication is multi-faceted, these consultative engagements will also enable us to forge collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including private sector entities so that the resultant poverty eradication strategy reflects a concerted approach from us all,” Kameeta noted.

The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has been tasked with the establishment of Food Banks across the country to abolish hunger and improve nutritional levels in Namibia. The first is in the process of being established in Windhoek to be used as a pilot for the other regions.

Similarly, speaking at a previous dialogue on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication, Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said five elements would have to be tackled for poverty eradication to be successful, mainly basic living standards; inclusive and sustainable growth; the sustainable management of natural resources; equity, equality and justice; and peace and security.

“In my view, if we really wish to bring poverty eradication and sustainable development together in one framework, we will need to devise goals and targets which bring about transformation towards a more sustainable, inclusive economy,” said Kashuupulwa.