Namibia is experiencing a complex combination of factors, which renders the country vulnerable to disasters. The HIV/AIDS pandemic, deepening food insecurity and the increasing challenges facing national institutions to effectively provide adequate social services have a negative impact on the resilience and coping mechanisms of households. Hazards such as floods, drought and desertification are interrupting progress in human development.
In the wake of the drought triggered by the El Niño phenomenon in 2016 which has affected Namibia along with the Southern Africa sub-region, the Government seized the opportunity to undertake a capacity and needs assessment of the National Disaster Response Management System and asked the support of the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) and UNDAC experts. The team spent two weeks to conduct interviews with 21 national institutions and 14 local entities during field visits in the capital, Windhoek and in four different regions: Hardap, Ohangwena, Zambezi, Khomas. The purpose of the assessment, supported by the UN Country Team in Namibia, was to identify priority actions required for building the national capacity at all levels to reduce the risk of disasters, enhance preparedness levels, and to ensure swift recovery capacity after an emergency.